TAPPS Notebook: Carrazco, Tauscher aid Grace special teams in win

Grace Community School football coach Mike Maddox congratulates player Garrett Tauscher for a touchdown on a kick-off return. It was Tauscher's birthday and the student section sang "Happy Birthday" as he ran down the field to the goal. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Coming off a bye week, Grace Community showed no signs of rust in its 56-0 win over All Saints last week.

The Cougars found success in all three phases.

"I thought our effort was good; both sides of the ball and special teams I thought it was a good complete game," Grace coach Mike Maddox said. "That's what you want in the middle of district to be about where we are."

The offense finished with 56 points while the defense had its second shutout of the year.

Maddox said the Cougars were able to spread the ball around on offense but two players stood out on special teams.

Kicker Andrew Carrazco has become close to automatic on extra points and field goals, Maddox said.

Additionally, Garrett Tauscher, on his birthday, returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and had a strong game at receiver.

"He'll have a great memory looking back at that one," Maddox said.

The Cougars (4-3, 2-1 TAPPS D-II District 2) hit the road this week to face Carrollton Prince of Peace (4-3, 1-3).

 

CRUSADERS READY TO REBOUND

Bishop Gorman hung with No. 1 Dallas Christian for a half before the Chargers pulled away for a 56-26 victory.

But for a few close plays in the first half, the Crusaders might have led at the break, Crusaders coach Coby Gipson said, before adding that Dallas Christian showed why it's the top-ranked team in the state with a strong third quarter.

"We thought it was a really good game for us, a really good test against the No. 1 team in the state," TKG coach Coby Gipson said. "We liked how our kids played with great effort and didn't back down from a really big challenge.

"We're not big believers in moral victories but we were proud of the way we executed to a certain degree and if we can be more consistent in those areas we can compete with anyone in the state."

Gorman put up more points and yards than any team yet against Dallas Christian and will hope to build on that this week against Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill.

The Crusaders (3-4) and Tigers (4-3) are tied at 2-1 in district play along with Grace in second place.

Friday is homecoming at McCallum Stadium and Gipson said he expects his team to bounce back from last week's loss in front of the home crowd.

"I think with a group of seniors we have that know what it's like to respond through adversity, I expect us to play with great effort and play with what we call Crusader passion," Gipson said.

 

ALL SAINTS OFF THIS WEEK, BROOK HILL COMES BACK

Having played eight straight weeks of football (10 if you include scrimmages), All Saints finally gets a week off.

The Trojans (2-6, 0-4) have a bye this week before finishing the season against Carrollton Prince of Peace and, in the season-finale, at Gorman.

Bullard Brook Hill, meanwhile, is coming off its own bye week. The Guard (6-2, 1-2) welcome Dallas Christian to Herrington Stadium on Friday night. Brook Hill is the last team to beat Dallas Christian in a district game, a 23-20 victory in 2014.

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