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Tabernacle dominates New Life 79-6

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Gardendale, AL – The Tabernacle Christian Torches closed out their 24 year run at Moncreif Park in style, blazing past the New Life Academy Eagles 79-6 Friday night in Gardendale. 

The Torches, who improved to 6-3, 5-2 in CFA conference play, will move to a new artificial turf facility in north Gardendale in 2022. 

Tabernacle controlled the contest from the opening kick, lighting up the Mac Sanderson Field scoreboard with 32 points in the first quarter and 34 in the second, while holding the Eagles out of the endzone, to take a 66-0 lead at the half. 

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After the break, the potent Torch offense took their foot off the gas putting up six and seven points respectively in the final two frames.  

Standout quarterback Clinton Chase finished the night with 109 yards through the air, completing 6-of-7 passes and three touchdowns.  The junior added 13 yards rushing on five carries and 73 kick return yards.  Sophomore running back Troy Box lead the Tabernacle rushing attack with 79 yards and a score on seven attempts.  Bryant Howard scored twice, pilling up 74 yards on six carries.  Senior Logan Bartlett ran the ball three times for 27 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  

Daniel McCormick lead the Torch receiving corps with 68 yards on two receptions, hauling in both for touchdowns. Howard snagged 4 catches for 33 yards and Reed Chase caught one pass for 14.  

Bryant and Josiah Jones lead the Tabernacle defense with six stops apiece followed by Box with five, Jacob Beasley and Daniel Walton added four while Howard and Reed Chase chipped in three.  Michael Ward tacked on a pair of tackles.  Abel Sharpe and Ethan Glass recorded one stop.  

Jones and Bartlett added a pair of sacks apiece.  Box snagged two interceptions while Reed Chase picked off one. 

Walton treated Tabernacle fans to a rare extra point to close out the contest.  The boot was the first point after attempt to split the uprights for the Torches since 2005.  

The Torches close out the regular season next Friday night, traveling to Rainsville to take on conference foe Cornerstone Christian to wrap up the regular season.