Lingleville (2-1) and Granbury Cornerstone (2-1) may compete in different leagues, but the UIL and Texas Christian Athletic League foes have had an eerily similar start to the 2013 season.
Lingleville started 2-0 with convincing wins over Rising Star and Moran, while Cornerstone began its year with consecutive 53-6 wins against Wise County Christian Homeschool and Sidney. But both teams were 45-point ruled last week, Lingleville falling 88-42 despite racking up more total offense than UIL playoff regular Sidney, and Cornerstone begin slammed 77-30 by reigning Texas Christian Athletic Federation champ Azle Christian.
The Cards host Cornerstone at 7:30 p.m. Friday as the two clubs determine who can handle their first loss and bounce back from it the best.
Darrell Wallace’s club certainly didn’t have a shortage of offense in its loss, especially from Robert VanKranenburg. The senior spread back and two-time all-state honoree had a hand in 364 yards of offense and five touchdowns last Friday. He rushed for 204 yards and four scores while passing for 160 yards and a TD.
VanKranenburg also teamed up with Tim Griffen to lead Lingleville’s defensive efforts, as they had 15 tackles and 14, respectively. Griffen also passed for a touchdown on offense.
Lingleville amassed 535 yards to Blackwell’s 487.
Cornerstone has rushed the ball 68 times and passed it just 22 times according to stats entered on Maxpreps. The Warriors were balanced, at least in terms of output, with 123 yards rushing and 104 passing against Wise County, but have since relied on their ground attack with 258 rushing yards and 43 through the air against Sidney and 187 yards running and 90 passing against Azle Christian.
Lingleville is in the midst of six straight home games to begin the season. The Cards will remain home next week to face Star.