Corner jumps out to early lead, tops Sumiton Christian
by W. Brian Hale
Oct 28, 2011 | 1090 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sumiton Christian's Austin Roach (3) rushes against Corner during their game Thursday night at Corner High School. The Yellow Jackets won the game 39-21. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
Sumiton Christian's Austin Roach (3) rushes against Corner during their game Thursday night at Corner High School. The Yellow Jackets won the game 39-21. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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CORNER — The Sumiton Christian Eagles suffered their fourth-straight loss to nearby rival Corner Yellow Jackets 39-21 on Thursday night at Corner Stadium.

Corner quarterback Blake Byrd passed for 233 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Yellow Jackets’ offense.

Austin Roach led the Eagles’ offense with 14 rushes for 116 yards, while Jacob Self led the defense with nine tackles, including a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.

Corner rolled up 39 unanswered points before the Eagles scored their first points of the game when Andrew Rhodes tackled Casey Fuller in the end zone for a safety, cutting the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 39-2.

On the following series, Sumiton Christian mounted a 9-play, 70-yard drive as Rhodes found Aaron Tucker on a 33-yard touchdown strike. Trey Collins’ extra point closed the lead to 39-9.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the Eagles struck again on a 55-yard, 6-play drive, with Rhodes hauling in a 12-yard pass from Austin Clark to draw Sumiton Christian closer, 39-15.

Clark scored the final points of the game on a two-yard run to end a 10-play, 72-yard drive at the end of regulation to reach the 39-21 final.

Both teams finished the season with 6-4 records, with Corner traveling to Deshler in the first round of the playoffs, while Sumiton Christian travels to Fyffe for its first-round playoff match-up.