How highly regarded is Dallas Christian in the eyes of the state's coaches?
Grace Community lost to DC and still moved up in the weekly rankings.
The Cougars went from No. 8 in the weekly TAPPS Division II poll to No. 7 while the Chargers remained firmly at No. 1.
"That's pretty good if you can go up and still lose a ballgame," Grace coach Mike Maddox said. "The rankings at the end are what matter the most to us."
Friday's game between two of the top teams in the division did not disappoint. The two teams played to a 0-0 stalemate in the first half, with both defenses coming up with big stops.
In the second half, Dallas Christian (5-0, 1-0 TAPPS D-II District 2) broke the deadlock only for Grace (2-3, 0-1) to score the next 10 points. The Chargers came right back to take a 23-10 lead with 6:50 to play.
Undeterred with an overflow homecoming crowd, the Cougars came back with two touchdowns to take a 24-23 lead with 1:26 remaining.
However, that left just enough time for Drew MacKay to boot a 33-yard field goal with 36 seconds left to win it for the Mesquite school.
"It was a great game," Maddox said. "It was as good a game as you could have on homecoming as far as two teams just getting after each other physically.
"They had a good field goal kicker and he was the difference in the game. But it was one of the best games I've ever been a part of."
The Cougars held the Chargers to 342 total yards, more than 50 yards below their average coming in, not to mention nearly 20 points below their scoring average. Meanwhile, Grace racked up 413 yards but turned it over three times.
The difference, for the second straight year, was a safety. Dallas Christian was awarded two points when Grace was flagged for holding inside its own end zone early in the fourth quarter.
"What are the odds of that happening?" Maddox said, his team having lost 16-14 the year before. "That just shows how every play is just as important."
GUARD DUO GETTING IT DONE BOTH WAYS
Bullard Brook Hill seniors Parker Galbraith and Brooks Parham have made a big impact for the Guard this season on both sides of the ball.
Galbraith leads the team with 16 catches for 288 yards and a score while also leading the team with four interceptions. Against All Saints last week he had an interception and a fumble recovery.
Parham is the Guard's leading tackler on defense with 39 stops, six of those for loss, and two sacks. At tailback, Parham is second on the team with 37 carries for 263 yards and a score.
All of this and more has added up to Brook Hill (5-0, 1-0) remaining the lone unbeaten TAPPS school in the area. The Guard return home this week to host Carrollton Prince of Peace (3-1, 0-1).
- Chris Parry
GORMAN GROUND GAME COMES THROUGH
For three straight games, Bishop Gorman put up massive passing numbers.
Against Carrollton Prince of Peace on Friday, the Crusaders relied on the ground game.
Gorman (2-3, 1-0) averaged 576.7 yards through the air in three games prior to opening district play at Prince of Peace (3-1, 0-1).
While the passing game struggled (8 for 16 for 176 yards, two touchdowns and one interception), the running game excelled, averaging 9.6 yards per carry.
Gorman finished with 258 yards on the ground, 73 yards above average and a number that would have been higher if not for Prince of Peace working the clock with its triple option offense.
"We have a really strong running game and people may look in the paper and see the statistics and think all we do is throw the ball, but we were very pleased with our running game and our offensive line," BG coach Coby Gipson said.
After fumbling in a scoreless first half, senior Ethan Milton vowed to his team at halftime it wouldn't happen again and he finished strong, going for 142 yards to lead the way. He has a team-best 609 yards and six touchdowns on the ground this year.
Gipson said he knows there will be a time when conditions dictate running the ball and was glad to see the ground game pulling out a win. Running the ball and stopping the run, he said, are vital.
"It was true 50 years ago; it's still true today," Gipson said.
The Crusaders finally clinched the win when sophomore Zeph Vasso, pressed into the game after an injury, recovered an onside kick with 11 seconds left.
"It was a dog fight the whole game but it was just a great district game," Gipson said.
TROJANS EYE BETTER EXECUTION
All Saints' 43-0 loss to Brook Hill was its first shutout of the year and it came down to execution, Trojans coach Drew Starnes said.
"We were very pleased with the kids' effort," Starnes said. "We thought we played hard, we just did not execute well.
"That's what it came down to; we made too many mistakes."
All Saints (2-3, 0-1) moved the ball well in the first quarter but two turnovers and a drive-killing penalty kept the Trojans from getting on the board.
"It kind of snowballed after that and got away from us," Starnes said.
Unfortunately for All Saints, it doesn't get any easier with the league's only other unbeaten team next on the schedule. The Trojans travel to Mesquite to face Dallas Christian (5-0, 1-0) on Friday.
TAPPS Division II Football Coaches Rankings
No. School (Previous)
1. Dallas Christian (1)
2. Fort Worth Christian (2)
3. Austin Regents (4)
4. Grapevine Faith (3)
5. Midland Christian (6)
6. San Antonio Holy Cross (5)
7. Grace Community (8)
8. Houston Second Baptist (7)
9. Bullard Brook Hill (9)
10. Austin Hyde Park (NR)
Dropped out:All Saints (10)
Others receiving votes: San Antonio Christian, Houston Lutheran South, Sugar Land Fort Bend Christian, San Antonio St. Mary's, Corpus Christi John Paul II, Bishop Gorman, Fort Worth Southwest Christian
TAPPS 5A Volleyball Coaches Rankings
No. School (Previous)
1. Victoria St. Joseph (1)
2. Grapevine Faith Christian (3)
3. San Antonio Holy Cross (2)
4. Austin St. Michael's (4)
5. Austin Regents (6)
6. Midland Christian (8)
7. Sugar Land Fort Bend Christian (5)
8. Carrollton Prince of Peace (7)
9. Austin Hyde Park (9)
10. San Antonio St. Mary's (NR)
Dropped out: San Antonio Christian (10)
Others receiving votes: San Antonio Providence, Houston Second Baptist, Bullard Brook Hill, All Saints, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word