By Tommy Shields/Sports Correspondent
Coosa Christian tamed the Southeastern Mustangs, 37-0, last Friday (Nov. 2) in Gadsden.
Although the Conquerors didn’t make the Class 1A state playoffs, they went out on a high note in winning four straight games for the first time since 2009.
“Our senior leadership was crucial this season,” said Coosa head coach Vann Owens. “We had a really tough schedule at the beginning of the season, and I’m just glad we were able to pull out the last four games as ‘W”s in our win column.”
Coosa came out hot, going 97 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the first drive of the game on a bust up the gut by Austin Mills. The Mustangs drove nearly the length of the field on their initial possession and failed to come up with points.
Two plays later, Coosa eighth grader Caleb Sanderson came up with an interception.
On the following Conqueror drive, Ben Mills took the ball 17 yards on a quarterback sneak up the middle for a TD, putting Coosa on top 13-0 midway through the first quarter.
On the next Southeastern series, the Coosa defense forced a punt that Austin Mills took 65 yards to the house for the Conquerors’ third touchdown, bumping the score to 19-0.
The following Mustang drive resulted in another turnover, with Noah Williamson picking off a pass.
On the ensuing Coosa possession, Ben Mills lofted the ball 17 yards to Micah Mills for another touchdown, pushing the score to 25-0 by the end of the first quarter.
The next Southeastern drive also came up short on a three-and-out, and the subsequent 88-yard, 15-play Conquerors drive was capped off by a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ben Mills to Noah Williamson, giving Coosa a 32-point lead with 3:19 left in the second quarter.
The Conquerors put the game away shortly before halftime, with Austin Mills going 53 yards for his second rushing TD of the night.
The Coosa reserves were then put in and the remaining quarters were shortened.
Austin Mills finished the game with 263 total yards and three total touchdowns, while Ben Mills finished the game 4-of-7 in passing for 74 yards and three touchdowns. Noah Williams ended up with five sacks and an interception.