Lipscomb Academy didn’t crank out the kind of points on Friday it produced in the Mustangs’ previous two games, but it didn’t have to.
A punishing defensive performance shut down Pearl-Cohn ,and Lipscomb coasted to a 17-0 victory.
Lipscomb (4-4, 3-1 10-AA), which scored a combined 76 points in its last two games, picked up its third consecutive victory to remain in the thick of the hunt for a playoff spot.
The Mustangs’ defense, which had given up an average of 17.1 points in the past three games, was determined to match the effort by the offense.
“We knew we hadn’t played as well as we can play, and we told ourselves that we were going to show up tonight and get that fixed,” said senior linebacker Daniel Grissim, who knocked down a Pearl-Cohn pass on a fourth-and-5 at the Lipscomb 21 midway through the third quarter.
“What they do on offense is stuff we’ve seen a lot of all year, so we came in more prepared after a good week of practice.”
Pearl-Cohn (3-6, 3-2) also came in with some momentum after beating Whites Creek 34-14 last week.
In fact, the Firebirds had scored at least 26 points in half of their games before being shut out by the Mustangs.
Pearl-Cohn moved the ball inside the Mustangs 25 three times but turned it over on downs twice and missed a 25-yard field goal the other time.
“We got the ball down in their territory and then stopped executing every time,” Pearl-Cohn quarterback Eric Knight said. “Their defense surprised us because it hadn’t played like that in the last few games. We got tired and starting giving up.”
Lipscomb’s run-oriented attack helped the Mustangs hold onto the ball for 31:18. Pearl-Cohn had it for only 16:42.
The Mustangs finished with 279 total offensive yards to the Firebirds’ 163. Lipscomb ran the ball 55 times for 242 yards.
Lipscomb also held Pearl-Cohn to 2-of-11 on third-down conversions and 2-of-5 on fourth down.
“We knew on defense that we were going to have to start playing a lot better for the rest of the season,” Lipscomb cornerback Gabe Glimps said. “We really wanted to make a statement by stopping them on third and fourth downs.”
Glimps also plays running back and was a big part of the offense. He scored Lipscomb’s first TD on a 7-yard run in the second quarter and finished with 60 yards on 17 carries.
Deandre Tigg, who scored the last touchdown on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter, rushed for 67 yards on 14 carries, Kenny Drew had 60 yards on 15 carries and fullback Cooper Jackson had 47 yards on four carries.
Knight was Pearl-Cohn’s leading rusher with 55 yards on six carries. He completed seven of 17 passes for 50 yards with one interception.