NASHVILLE — Friendship Christian got in a final tuneup for next Friday’s East-Middle District 1-A showdown with Donelson Christian by methodically defeating host Davidson Academy 42-7 Friday night.
The Commanders scored three first-quarter touchdowns and led 35-0 at halftime as they won their third straight to improve to 5-2.
Quarterback A.J. Long scored on runs of 10 and 20 yards and threw a pair of 37-yard touchdown passes to Austin Taylor and Steven Hollis and a 35-yarder to Hollis.
Taylor tacked on an 18-yard scoring run in the third quarter for a 42-0 lead.
Davidson Academy, coached by former Mt. Juliet Christian coach Paul Townsend, averted a shutout in the fourth quarter on Kyle Gilbert’s 64-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Starling.
Long hit 4 of his 5 passes for 113 yards while rushing eight times for 71 more.
DCA will visit Friendship’s Pirtle Field at 7 p.m. next Friday with the winner likely earning a first-round home game in the Division II-A playoffs.
Friendship Christian 42, Davidson Academy 7
Friendship Christian 21 14 7 0—42
Davidson Academy 0 0 0 7—7
Friendship Christian—A.J. Long 10 run [Blake Grosch kick], 8:57
Friendship Christian—Austin Taylor 37 pass from Long [Grosch kick], 2:05.
Friendship Christian—Steven Hollis 37 pass from Long [Grosch kick], 1:01.
Friendship Christian—Hollis 35 pass from Long [Grosch kick], 6:11.
Friendship Christian—Long 20 run [Grosch kick],5:09.
Friendship Christian—Taylor 18 run [Grosch kick], 4:32.
Davidson Academy—Tyler Starling 64 pass from Kyle Gilbert [Gilbert kick], 4:56.
Friendship Christian Davidson Academy
Rushes-yards 31-138 26-61
Passing yards 113 124
Comp.-Att.-Int. 4-5-0 11-19-2
Fumbles-lost 2-0 3-3
RUSHING—Friendship Christian: Steven Hollis 5-25, A.J. Long 8-71, Austin Taylor 7-34, Price Cochran 1-[-1], Spencer Burge 5-10, John Michael Petty 5-[-1]. Davidson Academy: Zack Sweeney 14-44, Kyle Gilbert 9-15, Eli Breeze 3-2.
PASSING—Friendship Christian: A.J. Long 4-5-0—113. Davidson Academy: Kyle Gilbert 11-18-1—124, No. 8 0-1-1—0.
RECEIVING—Friendship Christian: Steven Hollis 2-71, Austin Taylor 1-36, Cody Walker 1-6. Davidson Academy: Andrew Swann 4-32, Tyler Starling 5-79, Zack Sweeney 1-2, Haden Hollinsworth 1-11.