Tuscaloosa Christian earns a championship berth
Sat. October 27, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | By Daniel Byars
Tuscaloosa Christian quarterback Jordan Potter lofts a pass over a Victory Christian defender in Friday night’s Christian Football Association semifinal. Potter threw for 388 yards and seven touchdowns. The Warriors will play Tabernacle Christian for the championship next Friday. (Photo by Stewart Gwin)
COTTONDALE | Tuscaloosa Christian School and its high-powered passing game overcame the Victory Christian Eagles 52-42 in Friday’s semifinal round of Christian Football Association playoffs.
Tuscaloosa Christian (6-3) will host Tabernacle Christian of Gardendale in the Christian Football Association championship next Friday.
Quarterback Jordan Potter threw seven touchdown passes and had 388 yards passing. Potter said the play-calling made the difference, and also recognized the rushing game for the Eagles.
“I knew we were going to come out passing, our offensive line blocked, our receivers made plays and our coaches made the right calls,” Potter said.
Junior tight end Gabe Foster had one touchdown and 48 receiving yards for the Warriors. Playing linebacker, Foster also had some key defensive plays.
Late in the fourth quarter, Tuscaloosa Christian stopped the Eagles from getting back in the game. Steven Pearce and Potter both had sacks to end the Eagles’ final drive.
Tuscaloosa Christian coach Hunter Christian said Victory Christian was a big team that rushed hard. Tuscaloosa Christian knew how tough the Eagles were from playing them last week.
“Definitely the difference in the game was the seven touchdowns we had passing,” Christian said.
Victory Christian running back Cody Bolton gave the Warriors a hard time, rushing for 345 yards and six touchdowns. But, Bolton said, his team just couldn’t stop the Warriors’ passing game.
“I think everybody thought Tuscaloosa Christian was going to walk in and get an easy win, but we played our hearts out and gave them some competition,” Bolton said.
Victory Christian coach Chris Hamm said his young team stepped up after some key injuries.
“I’m proud of the way my team came and faced adversity, proud we gave them (Warriors) a good showing,” Hamm said.
Christian said his team has wanted a shot at playing Tabernacle Christian since losing to the team from Gardendale in August to open the season.