Conquerors win first-ever AHSAA playoff game


Photo: Coosa Christian quarterback John David Justus Justus stiff-arms a Hackleburg defender during the Conquerors’ 51-8 victory in the first round of the Class 1A state football playoffs on November 4 in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)

A dominant effort on both sides of the ball paved the way for Coosa Christian’s 51-8 victory over Hackleburg in the first round of the Class 1A state football playoffs on November 4 in Gadsden.
It was the Conquerors’ first postseason win since the program joined the Alabama High School Athletic Association in 2005. Coosa (7-4) travels to Spring Garden this Friday (Nov. 11) in the second round.
The Conqueror defense forced seven turnovers that led to 43 points while coming up with eight sacks, four interceptions and 14 tackles for a loss..
Drake Albury led the way with 10 tackles (including three for a loss) adn two sacks and caused an interception. Eli Motes finished with seven tackles, an interception, a sack and a blocked punt. Dalton McGraw had six tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery. D.J. Mackey had six tackles (including three for a loss), a sack, a fumble recovery and three pass breakups.
Thomas Skaggs had four tackles, two sacks and an interception.
The Coosa offense scored seven touchdowns and finished with 451 total yards.
Jy Mostella ran for 207 yards and five touchdowns on . John David Justus finished with 244 total yards, completing 15 of 24 passes for 121 yards and rushing for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Jacoby Tucker and Eli Motes each had five receptions, while Skaggs caught four passes.

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