Briarwood Christian Lions upend West End

Briarwood’s convincing 34-12 win over West End last Friday night set up a showdown with 10th-ranked Pleasant Grove this weekend.

BCS head coach Fred Yancy said his team will be challenged.

&uot;Pleasant Grove is 4-0 and they are a great team,&uot; Yancy said. &uot;They are very explosive and fast and they have a very good defense. They will be as good or better than anyone we have played so far.&uot;

The Lions will head into that matchup without five-time All-State candidate and offensive leader Tim Castille.

Castille, still out with a knee injury, is week-to-week, according to Yancy.

&uot;He definitely won’t play this week,&uot; Yancy said. &uot;As for when he will return, we will just have to take it day-by-day and week-by-week.&uot;

Castille is seeking his fifth All-State nomination, which, if it happens, will be a first in the state of Alabama. Yancy said hopefully that will not be in jeopardy for his senior standout who recently verbally committed to Alabama.

&uot;If he can rehab well and get back soon, he can still reach that goal,&uot; Yancy said. &uot;If he gets back soon he still has a shot at five in a row. But, if he doesn’t come back pretty soon, it could be close. But Tim wants this team to win, and he needs to make sure he comes back when his injury is fully healed.&uot;

As for his team’s performance last Friday night, Yancy said he was pleased.

&uot;I thought we played really well,&uot; Yancy said. &uot;Our players knew this was the first game that was not extremely difficult and we did a nice job of taking on a young team and doing what we were supposed to do &045; win handily.&uot;

Junior Joe Craddock had a great night, completing 12-of-23 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns.

Those touchdown passes went to junior David Eady, senior Taylor Hart and sophomore Charles Hoke.

Hart finished the night with six catches for 121 yards. Eady had two catches for 71 yards while Hoke had two catches for 43 yards.

Eady rushed nine times for 61 yards and another touchdown to lead the Lions’ rushing attack.

Senior Michael Hux rushed eight times for 37 yards and junior Robbie Stephenson had 11 touches for 24 yards and a touchdown.

Briarwood racked up 400 yards total offense while allowing just 184.

Of that 400 136 came on the ground and 264 through the air.

Eady got the Lions on the board first with a 7-yard run to cap a 59-yard, 11-play drive.

Ben Bludsworth’s PAT gave the Lions a 7-0 lead with 6:42 left in the first quarter.

Craddock connected with Hoke from 33 yards out to cap a 69-yard, 5-play drive.

Bludsworth’s PAT with 5:50 left in the half gave Briarwood a 14-0 lead.

Briarwood capped the first half scoring with a 25-yard scoring strike from Craddock to Eady with :07 left in the half.

The try for two failed, giving the Lions a 20-0 lead at the break.

The Lions opened the third period the same as they ended the second, this time with Craddock connecting with Hart from 61-yards out.

The score capped a 77-yard, 7-play drive.

Bludsworth was good on the PAT, giving the Lions a 27-0 lead with 6:59 left in the third period.

West End got on the board with an 11-play drive that covered 64 yards.

The drive was capped with a 13-yard scoring pass from Fields to Whitehead with :12 left in the third.

The PAT failed, leaving BCS with a 27-6 lead.

Briarwood added to that lead when Stephenson found paydirt to cap a 69-yard, 13-play drive with 5:18 left in the game.

Bludsworth’s kick was good, giving the Lions a 34-6 lead.

West End ended the scoring with a Mullins’ 3-yard scoring run to cap a 76-yard, 10-play drive with 1:14 left in the game.

The try for two failed, leaving the final score 34-12