Private School Recap
Greg Tepper recaps the state championship action across Texas in the private school ranks.
We crowned five state champions this weekend in the private school ranks, and the games ranged from blowouts to shootouts to low-scoring slugfests.
Without further ado, here is your final private school recap of the 2012 Texas high school football season.
TAPPS 11M DI
FW Nolan 48, Trinity Christian-Addison 45
Well, we predicted that this game would not be like the 28-7 win Fort Worth Nolan put on TCA-Addison back in October, and we were certainly right in that regard. This was a shootout thriller that featured over 1,050 total yards of offense, and I’ll be honest: I though this game might’ve been decided on the final play of the first half. Nolan QB Joseph Prud’homme fired what looked like a touchdown pass on the final play of the first half, but the ball was fumbled…only to be recovered by Jon Muraski in the end zone for a Nolan touchdown, putting them up 35-27. Fast-forward, though, to the fourth quarter, when Nolan really looked like it took control, as Joe Montez ran for a 1-yard score to put them up 45-33 with just 8:30 remaining. But back comes TCA-Addison, getting a Daniel Davidson-to-Tanner Snow 61-yard touchdown pass, a defensive stop, and a Nahshon Ellerbe 13-yard touchdown run to knot the score at 45 with just 3:14 to play. And…well…like most shootouts go, this one came down to who had the ball last, and that was Nolan. Prud’Homme and RB Luke Alves guided the Vikings from their own 38 down to the TCA-Addison 9, setting up McCaleb Taylor for a 26-yard game-winning field goal, which he coolly drilled to give Nolan its second consecutive title and its third championship in four years.
TAPPS 11M DII
Midland Christian 14, Houston Northland Christian 7
What a slugfest. This was by no means a pretty game – three interceptions, and five fumbles (though only one of them was lost – but every yard was hard-earned. Midland Christian raced out to a 14-0 lead at halftime, getting a pair of touchdown passes from Mason McClendon to Jarred Koym to take the Mustangs to an early advantage. Northland Christian battled back getting a 10-yard touchdown run from Carter Odenweller late in the third quarter to cut the lead in half. But the Mustangs defense was too tough on this day, and the running game – which churned out 6.3 yards per carry without star RB Christian Whigham – did the rest, handing Midland Christian its second consecutive state championship.
TAPPS 11M DIII
Shiner St. Paul 56, Frisco Legacy Christian 43
Look, I’d be burying the lede if I didn’t start with Shiner St. Paul RB Adam Hollenbach, because this game was first and foremost about him. The incredible Hollenbach ran 42 times for 308 yards and eight touchdowns. Let all of those numbers sink in. He scored in every quarter. He had touchdown runs of 4, 7, 68, 4, 9, 12, 23 and 5 yards. He turned in, quite simply, one of the most impressive title game performances in recent history. Give Frisco Legacy’s offense, especially QB Adam Beck, RB Ovie Urevbu and WR Hunter Wood, for helping keep the Eagles in the game, but there was too much Hollenback, and that led the Cardinals to another state title, their second in three years.
TAPPS 6M DI
Dallas The Covenant 70, Boerne Geneva 40
Yeah, I went out on a limb and picked Geneva in this one, but the bottom line is that The Covenant simply wouldn’t be denied a state title. Not after finishing as runners-up the last three seasons. The Knights rolled up 434 yards of total offense and really took control in the first half, racing out to a 36-16 halftime lead. Genve made it close with a 24-point third quarter, but the Knights were determined to make this their night, shutting out Geneva in the second half to win their first state title in four tries. Hard not to feel good for the seniors who played in all four title games, and especially for coach Brice Helton.
TAPPS 6M DII
Seguin Lifegate 60, Fredericksburg Heritage 14
A dominating season ended appropriately for Seguin Lifegate on Saturday, as they hit the gas with SB Tyler Swisher and never looked back. The turning point of the game: up 16-8, Lifegate turned in consecutive defensive stops, both of which led to scores to put the Falcons up 32-8. It all got finished in the third quarter when Swisher – who threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 117 yards and five scores – scored his fifth rushing touchdown to win the game – and Lifegate’s first state title – via mercy rule.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.