Junior Sherrill had 201 yards of total offense and four touchdowns as Lipscomb Academy repeated as Division II-Class AA champions with a 42-0 shutout victory over CPA at Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium.
Notes from the game:
How it went down: A big second quarter fueled the Mustangs’ (13-0) victory, as Lipscomb Academy scored 21 points in the period to take a 28-0 lead to halftime. Drew Patterson scored the game’s first touchdown in the opening quarter and added a short scoring run late in the second. Sherill caught three touchdown passes from Hank Brown and ran in another score.
Kaleb Beasley had a long punt return in the second quarter to set up a score and a 50-yard interception return in the third quarter to set up Sherrill’s third touchdown, which set off the mercy rule running clock as Lipscomb Academy took a 35-0 lead. Trent Dilfer coached his final game at Lipscomb Academy as he is set to take the head coaching job at UAB on Friday.
Notable numbers: Lipscomb Academy outgained CPA 436-80 and held the Lions (8-6) to 1-of-9 on third down conversion attempts … The Mustangs were 10-of-11 on third down … The Mustangs held the ball for 30:30, while CPA had possession for 17:30.
Turning point: CPA’s best drive took the Lions to the Mustangs’ 13-yard line in the second quarter, but three straight incompletions ended the series – and the best CPA scoring threat – on downs. Lipscomb Academy’s ensuing series went 87 yards in nine plays, taking 6:21 off the clock before Sherrill’s 19-yard touchdown run put the Mustangs up 21-0 with 5:27 left in the first half.
Key performers: Sherrill was the game’s Most Valuable Player with 11 catches for 141 yards and three scores, plus seven carries for 60 yards and a touchdown … Brown was 23-of-28 passing for 268 yards and three scores … Drew Patterson had 84 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries … Edwin Spillman was Lipscomb Academy’s leading tackler with five total tackles (four solo) … Beasley had two tackles in addition to his interception … Crews Law led the CPA defense with nine total tackles (five solo), while Easton Dillard added eight stops (five solo).