It was a day of firsts for East Texas Christian Academy.
Junior Stephen Johnson gained the first yardage at American State Bank Field during the Six Man contest on a 3-yard run.
Grayson Green and Peyton Brewer combined for the Panthers' first, first down by converting the first-ever fourth down at home. Green evaded the rush and connected with Brewer for an 18-yard gain on fourth-and-8.
The first touchdown for ETCA and the first win for the Panthers will have to wait another week.
Led by 336 combined yards from Karson Sutsch, King's Academy won the Saturday afternoon contest, 45-0.
The game was called with 3:25 remaining in the fourth quarter due to Six Man's 45-point rule.
Despite the loss, ETCA coach Joe Permenter said it was a positive first step for the Panthers, who began their football program a little over six months ago.
"My kids played their heart out, and it was hot; it was hot on both teams," Permenter said after the postgame handshakes and prayer. "Eleven freshen and two upperclassmen, I am proud of them. We are going to get better every week."
Johnson led ETCA on the ground with 35 yards on 15 carries. Evan Finn finished with 30 yards receiving and 21 yards rushing.
King's Academy moved to 1-2 with the victory. Knights coach Alex Miller said it was an honor for his team to be the first home opponent for ETCA.
"Coach Permenter was actually my coach in high school at King's Academy," Miller said. "It was really fun to come out here and he had them well coached."
King's Academy receiver Andrew Allegrezza finished with four catches for 104 yards and a TD. Sutsch also tossed TD passes to Jake Boyd (27) and Jordan Grisham (37) as part of going 9 of 16 for 185 yards. Sutsch also recovered a fumble and returned an interception 59 yards to the 2-yard line.
"If we were lining up against freshmen each and every week, we'd have a pretty good freshman team," Permenter continued. "But we're not. That is the lot that has been cast, so we are going to line up and we're going to compete and we're going to get better."
ETCA began the game on defense and promptly gave the many fans in attendance something to cheer about. With King's Academy facing fourth-and-9, the Panthers' rush forced an incomplete pass.
The Panthers took possession at their own 18, and after the 18-yard pass on fourth down, ETCA converted a second fourth down with a 22-yard run by Green.
That gave the Panthers a first-and-goal from the 11.
King's Academy bent, but didn't break, stuffing four straight runs to get the ball back on a turnover on downs.
The Knights looked to be in trouble again, facing a fourth-and-6 until Sutsch took matters into his own hands, scrambling for a 58-yard touchdown.
The scored stayed 6-0 until late in the half. Sutsch connected on consecutive big pass plays with Allegrezza - the first one for 35 yards and the second for a 19-yard touchdown and 13-0 halftime lead.
ETCA took possession in the third quarter, but eventually turned it over on downs.
Sutsch quickly gave King's Academy a 19-0 lead with a bruising 44-yard scoring run that saw the senior break numerous tackles along the way.
An interception by Sutsch that was returned to the 2 led to a 2-yard touchdown by Logan Sewell.
"We adjusted in the second half because in the first half (ETCA) had our number," Miller said. "We just have to come out strong and focused (in our next game) and not make mental mistakes that are preventable."
In Six Man, any team that gets a 45-point lead is like a run-rule in baseball or softball.
Sutsch's 37-yard TD pass to Grisham, followed by the extra-point pass to Allegrezza, made it 45.
It was a learning experience for more than just the football team. The cheerleaders, band, the announcer, the scoreboard operator and clock keeper - this is what Permenter and ETCA booster club president Troy Spencer envisioned when they made the audacious plan to start a football program from scratch in six months.
"This was Troy's dream and a lot of other people have put hours in and donations and so forth that we can be thankful for," Permenter said. "I hope everyone in Tyler will come out and see some Six Man football."
King's Academy will next host Tyler HEAT at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. ETCA is back at home Saturday against Full armor Christian Academy at 1 p.m.
King's Academy 45, East Texas Christian Academy 0
At American State Bank Field
King's Acad. 0 13 19 13 - 45
ETCA 0 0 0 0 - 0
KA-Carson Sutsch 58 run (run failed), 8:41
KA-Andrew Allegraza 19 pass from Sutsch (Sutsch run), :31
KA-Sutsch 44 run (run failed), 7:07
KA-Logan Sewell 2 run (JaQuan McKenzie run), 5:00
KA--Jake Boyd 27 pass from Sutsch (run failed), :24
KA-Sutsch 12 run (run failed), 5:55
KA-Jordan Grisham 37 pass from Sutsch (Sutsch pass to Allegraza), 3:25
EST. ATT. -300
First Downs 10 6
Rushes-Yards 12-163 29-79
Passing Yards 189 71
Comp.-Att.-Int. 10-17-0 7-17-1
Punts-Avg. 0 0
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 2-25 3-20
RUSHING-King's Academy, Carson Sutsch 7-151, JaQuan McKenzie 2-13, Logan Sewell 1-2, Andrew Allegrezza 1-(minus 2), Jordan Grisham 1-(minus 1). East Texas Christian Academy, Stephen Johnson 15-35, Evan Finn 9-21, Grayson Green 5-23.
PASSING-King's Academy, Sutsch 9-16-0 185, McKenzie 1-1-0 4. East Texas Christian Academy, Grayson Green 2-10-1 46, Jack Jorash 2-7-0 25.
RECEIVING-King's Academy, Allegrezza 4-104, Grisham 2-43, Jake Boyd 1-27, Sewell 1-4, Sutsch 1-4, Aaron Springer 1-7. East Texas Christian Academy, Finn 3-30, Peyton Brewer 2-33, Green 1-10, Johnson 1-(minus 1).