The CrossPointe Cavaliers scored 22 straight first-half points to turn an 8-0 Skipstone lead into a 22-8 halftime deficit and the Cavs never looked back, blitzing the Warriors 44-24 Thursday night in 8-man football action at Warriors Field.
Skipstone (0-1) came out flat in its season opener and CrossPointe (1-1) looked determined to play better than it did two weeks ago when the Cavs fell behind 8-0 before the game was postponed due to thunderstorms.
It didn’t help Skipstone’s cause Thursday that it committed five turnovers, which helped the Cavs score 38 straight points for a 38-8 lead late in the fourth quarter. The Warriors lost 2 fumbles, threw 2 interceptions and turned the ball over on downs once.
“I knew CrossPointe would come out sharper this game. They have good coaches over there,” said Warriors first-year head coach Nick Elliott. “We have some things to work on and we’ll get started on that next week.”
Despite the turnovers and penalties, the Warriors did have some highlights against CrossPointe, a team out of the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama (ICSGA).
Nose tackle Charence Wright had a second-quarter sack and the Warriors held the Cavs on fourth down in the first half. Skipstone even held CrossPointe scoreless in the third quarter, but the Warriors couldn’t score themselves. Two fourth-quarter TD runs by CrossPointe’s Robert Roethel and the subsequent 2-pt. conversions put the game out of reach at 38-8.
The Warriors didn’t give up, however.
Skipstone quarterback Stephen Eure hit tight end B.J. Sheppard for a 17-yard TD and Eure ran the conversion in to cut the score to 38-16 with 4:26 remaining. After Skipstone got the ball back, Eure had a long run and a long pass to Robert Pearson before scoring on a 1-yard run with 10 seconds remaining. Wright ran the 2-pt. conversion in for the 38-24 score. CrossPointe scored on the game’s final play for the 44-24 score.
Skipstone hosts Lafayette Christian, another ICSGA school, next Friday at 7 p.m.