North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

October 26, 2013

CFA eight-man semifinal: Victory Christian-Columbus 27, Tabernacle Christian 18

Torches lose bid for three-peat

From staff reports
North Jefferson News

COLUMBUS, Miss. — Tabernacle Christian’s hopes of a three-peat as the Christian Football Association’s eight-man champions came to an end Friday, as they lost their semifinal game to Victory Christian by a 27-18 score.

The Torches held a 12-8 lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Eagles scored on three straight runs from about 50 yards out to take the lead for good.

Quarterback Caleb Lindsey put Tabernacle on the scoreboard forst with a 62-yard run in the first quarter. After he yielded a safety when he was tackled in his own end zone, Lindsey ran for another touchdown with eight minutes left in the third period, this time for 59 yards.

But that’s when Victory went on their scoring streak that put the game out of reach.

Lindsey did connect with Jordan Reid on a 57-yard touchdown pass with 3:20 left in the game that shaved the deficit to three points. But the Eagles turned around and marched 12 plays toward a touchdown that iced the game with 1:02 to play.

Lindsey finished with 141 yards rushing on 28 carries, and was 11-for-23 in passing for 159 yards.

Reid had four receptions for 94 yards, and also had an interception.

Josh Cox recorded nine tackles for the Torches.

Tabernacle finishes with a 5-5 record. Victory (6-2) goes on to the CFA eight-man championship game at Tuscaloosa Christian next week.