Trojans stumble on homecoming

Published 2:54 am Saturday, October 9, 2010

Meadowview Christian quarterback Dylan Lawrence is tackled by a host of Cornerstone defenders as he fights for more yardage Friday night. -- Tim Reeves photo

SELMA — For Meadowview Christian School, the intensity and motivation brought about by the annual homecoming game just wasn’t enough to stand up to a powerful Cornerstone Christian running attack Friday.

Cornerstone downed Meadowview 27-14 at Wasden Field and sent the Trojans to 0-7 on the year. Cornerstone improved to 3-4.

The Chargers ran right, left and up the middle repeatedly, exhausting the Trojan defense and racking up 321 yards on the ground in the process.

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“We just couldn’t match up with them tonight,” Meadowview Christian head coach John Glasscock said. “They just lined up and ran it right down our throat all night long.”

In addition to the ground attack, the Chargers were opportunistic as they took advantage of a Trojan turnover in the first quarter and Meadowview turnovers in the second half.

After scoring on their opening drive, the Chargers fell on a Meadowview fumble with 8:40 to go in the first quarter. Seven plays and 33 yards later, the Chargers scored again. This time the extra point failed, but Cornerstone held a 13-0 lead before Meadowview’s offensive unit had even run three plays from scrimmage.

Meadowview was able to absorb many of the punches thrown its way in the second quarter by the Cornerstone offense and turned away the Chargers twice on fourth down stops.

After holding Cornerstone on downs, Meadowview took over at its own 28-yard line with 7:49 left in the first half. On the seventh play of the drive, quarterback Dylan Lawrence took the ball right up the middle, breaking three tackles for a touchdown with 5:31 left in the first half.

The two-point attempt failed, which Glasscock said could have been a turning point in the game.

“I really think if we had been able to convert that conversion, then the momentum would have stayed on our side through halftime,” Glasscock said.

Cornerstone extended its lead to 16 points toward the end of the third quarter when running back Clayton Halbert scored from 10 yards out. Halbert added another touchdown in the fourth quarter to effectively put the game out of reach.

On second down from the 5-yard-line, Halbert ran through the Charger defense for a touchdown with 5:48 to go in the game.

Lawrence would score his second and final touchdown of the evening, when he scored from the 1-foot line late in the fourth quarter to close the scoring at 27-14.

Lawrence finished the game as Meadowview’s leading rusher with 126 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 64 yards through the air.