The Holy Ground Baptist Academy football team faced one of its most formidable foes of the season, outlasting CrossPointe Christian in a 54-30 contest in Williamson on Friday night.
Coming off an open date, the Stallions (3-0) won the battle of the unbeatens, as CrossPointe entered the contest 5-0, stretching their win streak to 17 straight, dating back to the 2015 campaign.
The Cavaliers flexed their muscle early, as senior Braden Stahl took the opening kickoff to the house and the two-point conversion made it 8-0.
Following a turnover on downs by the Stallions, Jackson Yates intercepted a Cavalier pass at the HG 8-yard line, marking one of his three interceptions on the evening.
Jackson Yates also had a big night offensively, rushing for 225 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries.
Jackson Yates scored Holy Ground's initial touchdown with 4:35 remaining in the first quarter, but the conversion was no good, leaving it 8-6.
Holy Ground junior Santana Johnson had a big fourth-down sack to end CrossPointe's next drive, but Yates' pass was intercepted by Braden Stahl. The Holy Ground two-way threat returned the favor by recording his second pick of the night, setting up a 20-yard Jackson Yates touchdown run with Brady Yates adding the conversion to put HG up 14-8.
Jackson Yates found the end zone again on a 70-yard run and Brady Yates added the conversion to stretch the score to 22-8 midway through the second quarter.
The host squad answered with an eight-play drive, capped by a six-yard touchdown run by Stahl.
Jackson Yates hit paydirt again and then intercepted another Cavalier pass, setting up yet another touchdown run by the Stallion signal-caller and Chris Organ ran in the two-point conversion for the 30-14 advantage.
HG took a 38-14 lead into the half following one more Jackson Yates score and Brady Yates tacked on the conversion.
Brady Yates rushed four consecutive times to start the third quarter before hitting the end zone, finishing with 144 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries for the game.
Following a CrossPointe touchdown, Organ took over at fullback and accounted for the next Stallion score to make it a 54-22 contest with 58 seconds left in the third quarter. The Cavaliers scored one more time to bring the final margin to 24 points, but never threatened to get any closer.