The Brighton Cardinals bounced back Friday night picking up a 26-13 win over the Briarcrest Saints.
The Saints arrived to Tipton County after picking up a big win over Christian Brothers the previous week. And despite a solid second half last Friday, the Cardinals were beating by Station Camp.
Brighton (7-2) showed early that last week was in the review mirror jumping out to a 9-0 lead. Zach Ballard got the scoring started with a short touchdown run at the 9:10 mark of the first quarter to make the scoreboard read 6-0.
Later in the first quarter, Cardinal place kicker Austin Chapman drilled a 26-yard field goal. The Brighton advantage grew to 16-0 in the second quarter when quarterback Colton Hathcock dropped back and hit receiver Kolton Childress in stride for a 42-yard touchdown pass.
That score came at the slightly more than 3 minutes left in the first half. About a minute later the Cardinal defense got in the scoring act.
Brighton linebacker Blue Curry forced a fumble that his teammate Zach Camp scooped up and headed to the end zone making the tally 23-0.
With 2 minutes and 12 seconds left on the clock in the second half, Saints dual threat quarterback Ben Ellis had enough time to get his team on the scoreboard. On a quarterback keeper, Ellis exploded through the line of scrimmage and reached paydirt untouched for a 42-yard TD. The halftime score was 23-7.
Ellis went back on the attack in the third quarter using his arm. The junior signal caller dropped back and hit a wide open Kenneth Echols for a 48-yard touchdown. Briarcrest’s two-point conversion failed making the score 23-13.
Brighton Head Coach Will Wolfe called upon his defense to close out the game and neutralize Ellis. The Cardinal attack did just that with two interceptions from Nick Easley in the fourth quarter.
Brighton got sacks from Curry and Austin Kelly. Between those interceptions and sacks, Chapman nailed a 32-yard field goal to make the final score 26-13.
The Saints close out the regular season at home against MUS. Meanwhile the Cardinals welcome Dyer County to Brighton Football Stadium with the district championship on the line. Kickoff for both games is 7 p.m.