BY CORY WOODROOF
Bryce McCormick, take a bow.
Then, take a good, long nap. You’ve earned it.
The Furman football commit spent his Friday afternoon scoring two touchdowns in the Christ Presbyterian Academy state win, the school’s first since 2014.
Tuesday, he swiftly traded in shoulder pads for basketball sneakers as he helped power the Lions to a rout of district foe Franklin Road Academy, 70-38.
“I’ll be honest,” McCormick said with a laugh about his first game in his winter sport. “The shape of football and basketball are completely different. I ran up the floor two times, and I was already dying.”
But the future Paladin wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It’s fun; I love being busy,” he said of the quick two-sport switch. “So getting right back into it is awesome.”
He said he wanted to make sure he got one last year of basketball in before playing football at the collegiate level.
McCormick’s 15 points on the night was good for second-overall for the Lions in the lopsided victory, with Braden Moore leading all scorers with 16. Braden Zapp pitched in with 12.
“We have an experienced group that’s back, so it was just fun to finally have everyone back together,” head coach Drew Maddux said of the complete-team win.
They’ve only had one practice back with the footballers in tow, Maddux said with a smile.
“These guys are just veterans in terms of their approach, their attitudes…obviously, if you watch us play, the ball’s going to move, it’s not going to stick in hands, and we’re going to have shooters spotted,” he said. “And, they bought in to a way to play.”
He then motioned over to McCormick.
“And this guy’s as talented of a basketball passer that you’ll see at the high school level.”
For the Panthers, Kingston Gardner had 15, while Sean Casey had 10.
The Lions will next take on Ezell-Harding Friday, while the Panthers will head on the road to play Father Ryan at week’s end.
McCormick updates on CPA football celebration
Indeed, there is cheer in the air at CPA with the football team returning with a big trophy to commemorate their late-week D-II AA state win over BGA.
McCormick talked about what it’s meant to the school to take home the honor.
“It’s great for the community to bring it back,” he said. “It’s been a while since we’ve had that gold ball back here at CPA.”