Crenshaw Christian falls to Lowndes Academy

Published 1:20 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Lowndes Academy hosted Crenshaw Christian Academy at Rebel Field on Oct. 20 where the Rebels secured a 49-2 win over the Cougars.

The Cougars fell behind when No. 22 Kasen Dismukes scored the team’s first touchdown early in the first quarter. 

Two turnovers and two touchdowns in the second quarter sealed the Rebels victory as they held the Cougars 35-2 at half time and 42-2 through the third quarter.

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The Cougars’ head coach Brandon Burleson gave credit to the Rebels and acknowledged that the Cougars were at a slight disadvantage during the game due to to a few factors.

“We went into the game with a few injuries,” Burleson said. “Lowndes is a great team that is incredibly coached, but we had too many players out to have a great game offensively.”

Burleson said though his athletes did not prevail under the Friday night lights, his pride for them has not changed and gave credit to one player in particular who he said played a great game regardless of the outcome.

“We had the chance to gain momentum early in the game but we had a drive stall with an unfortunate mental mistake which put us behind the sticks and we had to regroup,” Burleson admitted. “I’m super proud of the guys though. They never quit, especially Dylan Atwell (No. 51). With about 20 tackles he probably set a career high, he never shied away the competition and fought till the last whistle.”

The Rebels’ head coach Shane Moye said his pride in his athletes has not faltered as they continue to push for their ultimate goal: playoffs.

“We came out a little slow at the start but the boys stepped up,” Moye said. “We had good offensive plays and our defense was great as usual. My quarterback and recievers made some good plays so I’m proud of all of them.”

Next up on their schedule, the Rebels will host the Hooper Academy Colts on Oct. 27 which according to Moye is a rivalry game which his athletes are already deep into preparation for.

“We’ve gotta keep working,” Moye said. “They’re [Hooper] a rival so its always a big, close game. They’re doing well this year and they’ve got a good coaching staff so we’ll just prepare like we always do and hopefully we’ll continue to play how we’ve been playing.”

The Cougars will host the Snook Christian Academy Eagles on Oct. 27 which Burleson said he and his athletes are hopeful will result in a Crenshaw Christian win.

“I feel like we’re in good shape, we’ve just got to continue to get people back,” Burleson said. “Our quarterback has been out with a concussion, but he has been cleared and should be good to go by Friday so that should help us tremendously. We feel good about this game and we’re looking for a fast start to get the night going.”