Middle Tennessee Christian School dropped to 1-5 on the season Friday night, falling 22-14 at non-region foe Cornersville.
The Cougars struck first with a touchdown in the opening quarter before Cornersville came back to take a 14-7 lead at halftime.
MTCS answered in the third quarter to tie the game, but Cornersville scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter and added a 2-point conversion for the eight-point win.
"It was a very good game and a great environment," MTCS coach Fred Shambaugh said. "I was really hoping we could get it. But the effort alone was huge for our kids. We were playing a group that had won 28 games the last two years and played for the state championship the last two years. We stood toe-to-toe with them the whole way."
Senior Kemari McGowan was the bulk of MTCS' 313 yards in total offense, rushing for 121 yards and a touchdown and adding another 69 receiving on three receptions.
Drew Lusk added another 48 yards on the ground and a touchdown and also led the Cougars with 12 tackles. Trey Harris added seven tackles.
"It was one of those game where you knew there wouldn't be that many possessions," Shambaugh said. "It was a hard-fought game. We had a shot with about 18 seconds when we were inside their 20, but we just weren't abel to connect it to tie the game and get it into overtime. We just kept fighting and playing hard."
MTCS will get back into region action this week when it plays host to The Kings Academy.