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Briarwood roars past Spain Park 42-8

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Hoover, AL – The forth ranked Briarwood Christian Lions improved to 2-0 in impressive fashion, taking down 7A Spain Park (1-1) 42-8 Friday night at Bob Finley Field.  

The victory ties the series between the North Shelby County programs at two victories a piece and snaps a two game winning streak by the Jaguars in a series that was first played in 2008.  

The Jags jumped on the board early as quarterback Evan Smallwood capped a three play opening drive with a 48 yard touchdown run punctuated by a two point conversion run.  The early game fireworks proved to be the only bright spot for the Spain Park option offense who was held to 255 yards of total offense on the night.  

The Lions cut to lead to a point on their next possession, driving inside the Jaguar 10 yard line in three plays before Luke Reebals bolted into the endzone to cut the Briarwood deficit to 8-7 early. 

The visitors took their first lead with 10 ticks left in the first half as standout signal caller Christopher Vizzina found pay dirt from 10 yards out, putting BCS up 14-8 heading into the locker room.  

The Lions didn’t look back after break, pilling on four scores in the contest’s last two quarters.

In the third, Vizzina streaked for a 48 yard rushing score and Reebals punched across the goal line to score from just outside the Spain Park two yard line.  Vizzina and running back Cooper Higgins each added touchdowns on the ground in the final period. 

Briarwood quarterback Christopher Vizzina passed for 72 yards, completing 6-of-10 passes, while adding 131 yards and three scores on 12 rushing attempts.  Luke Reebals added a pair of touchdowns, running for 172 yards on 18 carries while snagging three receptions for 31 yards.  

Smallwood lead Spain Park on the ground with 58 yards on nine attempts, including the Jaguars lone score.  He completed 15-of-21 passes for 115 yards and an interception through the air.  Zamri Farris finished with 55 yards on seven carries.  Caldwell Bussey lead the Jag receiving corps with a pair of receptions for 36 yards. 

Briarwood welcomes arch rival Chelsea (0-2) to Lion’s Pride Stadium next Friday night to kickoff region play.  Spain Park travels east to Hewitt-Trussville (2-0) to take to the 4th ranked Huskies.