BY LOGAN BUTTS
The Christ Presbyterian Academy football team kept its winning streak alive with ease on Friday night as the Lions dominated Hillsboro 43-18 at home.
CPA (6-0) jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.
Seniors Ryan Eledge and Noah Henderson combined for the game’s first score at the 11:08 mark as Henderson hauled in a touch down at the corner of the end zone.
Hillsboro (3-3) scored its lone first-half touchdown shortly afterwards as Brian Covington took it to the house. A missed extra point kept the Burros from tying the game.
Senior Sam West scampered in from 12 yards out at the 4:29 mark of the first quarter to put CPA ahead 14-6.
The Lions opened up the second quarter with another touchdown connection from the dynamic duo of Eledge and Henderson at the 10:09 mark. Senior Kane Patterson ran in the two-point conversion to give CPA a 22-6 lead.
Junior Hall Perdue recovered a Hillsboro fumble less than a minute later, leading to another touchdown from Eledge, this time to senior McNeil Stout.
After Hillsboro had a long rushing score called back for holding, CPA marched down the field with a time-eating drive that was capped off with a direct snap to Patterson for the score. CPA entered halftime ahead 36-6.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Avont Burrus reeled off a 44-yard touchdown, but the Burros still trailed 36-12.
“They definitely made a few big plays,” CPA head coach Ingle Martin said. “If we limit those, that’s a correction right there. Then we can get better and improve.”
CPA added one more score to the tally with five minutes left in the game as Eledge ran one into the end zone for his fourth score of the night.
Hillsboro’s Jevon Russel bowled in for one final touchdown in the game’s waning moments, but it was too little too late.
Eledge finished with 206 total yards to go along with his four scores, while Henderson caught six passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
“We’ve actually been playing together since I think sixth grade, and then we both came to CPA in the seventh grade together” Henderson said. “It’s always clicked.”
Next week, the Lions will head to rival Lipscomb Academy’s field for a 7 p.m. matchup on Friday.
Photo from previous game.