Tuscaloosa Christian rolls past North River Christian


Tuscaloosa Christian quarterback Jordan Potter (12) runs the ball in Friday's game at Munny Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa against North River Christian Academy. (Photo by Stewart Gwin)


NORTHPORT | Andrew Mason scored on point-after kicks, receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown to pace Tuscaloosa Christian to a 61-12 rout of North River Christian in eight-man football Friday night.

Mason scored on catches of 35 and 49 yards and on a 1-yard run, as well as on seven of his nine point-after attempts.

"God has given me a lot of gifts," Mason said. "I’m just trying to find the best way to use them. I just shine all my praise on Him."

Boyd Banks also excelled for Tuscaloosa Christian, intercepting two passes and scoring on a 26-yard run. Banks returned one of his interceptions 62 yards for a score.

"It was pretty awesome," Banks said. "I normally play fullback, so it was pretty cool playing tailback. And on the interceptions, I just stayed back and cut inside in front of the receiver."

Tuscaloosa Christian needed the boost from Banks, as Brandon Bowman took a hard hit and suffered a leg injury after nearly scoring on a 24-yard run near the end of the first quarter. He had to be carted off the field and taken away in an ambulance.

"Boyd Banks stepped up and played well for us," Tuscaloosa Christian coach Hunter Christian said. "He doesn’t normally play tailback, but we had a guy break his femur, and he came in and did real well for us."

Tuscaloosa Christian jumped to an early lead and never let go, scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter on Mason’s 35-yard grab, 1-yard runs by Freedom Woods and Gabe Foster and a 12-yard run by Jordan Potter. Foster also had an interception and Woods later had another touchdown run of 66 yards.

North River Christian struggled at times, but Jeremiah Cousette was a bright spot for the team, throwing a pair of 49-yard touchdown passes to Decari Horne and rushing for 139 yards on 16 carries.

"He (Cousette) made some good passes and some good runs," North River coach Kevin Boswell said. "We just didn’t complete our plays like we need to, just poor execution."

However, Cousette is staying positive about the rest of the season.

"We’ll definitely get better. All those teams that beat us now are going to see us again in the regionals."

North River (0-2) hosts Flint Hill next Friday. Tuscaloosa Christian (1-1) will host South Haven Christian of Springfield, Tenn.