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Tuscaloosa Christian takes control early, rolls to CFA win


Tuscaloosa Christian’s Freedom Woods (1) is brought down by a pair of Victory Christian defenders during Friday night’s game at Tuscaloosa Christian. (Photo by Stewart Gwin)


 

COTTONDALE | Freedom Woods ran in a 53-yard touchdown on the first offensive possession of the game and the Tuscaloosa Christian Warriors rolled to a 41-22 win over Victory Christian in eight-man football on Friday night.

The victory sealed home-field advantage for Tuscaloosa Christian in the first round of the Christian Football Association playoffs.

The Warriors (5-3, 4-1 CFA) took control of the game early after Boyd Banks intercepted a pass and Jordan Potter found Caleb Waddell for a 48-yard touchdown pass to give the Warriors a 14-0 lead only 4:11 into the game.

Anthony Sharp answered for Victory Christian (3-5, 3-2) with a 6-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 14-6.

Woods answered with an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to give the Warriors a 21-6 lead.

“Our offensive line worked hard this week, they moved their feet,” Tuscaloosa Christian coach Hunter Christian said.

“We had the best practice all year this week. We just have to execute and keep our feet moving.”

Gabe Foster gave the Warriors a 28-6 halftime lead after a 39-yard touchdown run.

Tuscaloosa Christian opened the second half with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Potter to Waddell.

Foster added another touchdown run with 9:19 to play.

Bryer Bolton scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards for Victory Christian to finish the scoring.

Calloway Newman intercepted a pass early in the second half. Newman and Banks both finished with two interceptions.

“Our penalties killed us tonight,” Christian said. “If it would have been a closer game, we would have been in trouble. We have got to keep our heads in it.”

Tuscaloosa Christian and Victory Christian both advanced to the CFA playoffs, which start next Friday.