FW Nolan Catholic wins big, advances to TAPPS state final

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For the seventh time in as many seasons, Fort Worth Nolan Catholic will play for the TAPPS Division I state championship.

Using a methodical, clock-eating ground attack, Nolan (9-4) cruised to a 55-20 semifinal win over rival Argyle Liberty (9-4) on Friday night at Keller ISD Stadium.

The Vikings will face Saturday’s TC-Addison/Prestonwood winner at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Corsicana.

The Warriors, who came into the contest averaging 35.6 points a game, were repeatedly denied in the red zone by the Vikings’ defense.

Linebacker Miles Murray single-handedly killed Liberty’s opening drive, intercepting a Colby Moore pass at the Vikings’ 25-yard line and returning it 75 yards for a score, giving Nolan a 7-0 lead.

“I was blitzing off the edge and the ball came right to me,” Murray said. “I’m not the fastest guy in the world, so when I got about 10 yards down the field I heard the crowd going crazy. I knew I was going to get in [the end zone].”

Nolan rattled off two more scores to go up 21-0 early in the second quarter.

Liberty wouldn’t go quietly, mounting a 14-play, 75-yard drive capped by quarterback Colby Moore’s 1-yard touchdown runwith 22 seconds left in the first half.

But the Vikings answered immediately, taking the Liberty kickoff to the Warriors’ 25.

With 2 seconds left, kicker Grant Muehlstein drilled a 42-yard field goal to give the Vikings a 24-7 halftime lead.

Nolan outscored Liberty 31-13 in the second half, beating the Warriors for the second time in four weeks.

Senior running back Luke Alves rushed for 206 yards and four scores, giving him 22 touchdowns for the season.

Moore finished with 247 yards of offense for Liberty.

“To perform when the pressure is the largest, that is a tribute to our players,” Nolan coach Joe Prud’homme said. “... They don’t want to let anybody down.”

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