CORSICANA — Fort Worth Nolan Catholic had a number of things to overcome in trying to capture its third consecutive TAPPS state title.
The Vikings rallied from a 14-point deficit and defeated Plano Prestonwood Christian 24-21 at Tiger Field to win the Division I title Tuesday, in a game that was delayed by this weekend’s ice storm.
The victory was the seventh state title for Nolan Catholic (10-4) and avenged an October regular-season loss to the Lions, who finished 12-2.
“I thought there might be more panic on the sidelines when we went down 14-0,” running back Luke Alves said. “But that just shows you what kind of team we have and what kind of fight we have.”
Alves led the Vikings with 161 yards rushing and one touchdown, and the Vikings had to fend off a late rally to finish off Prestonwood.
Down 14-0 in the first quarter, Nolan began to turn things around when Grant Muehlstein connected on a 43-yard field goal.
Nolan’s defense then held Prestonwood at the Vikings’ 30-yard line. On the ensuing possession, Nolan was nearly forced to punt at the start of the second-quarter when quarterback Jacob Walden had to fall on a snap with no time left on the clock, but the officials huddled and determined that the ball had not be snapped before time ran out, ending the quarter.
On the next play, Walden hit David Authier in the left flat and Authier sprinted 79 yards for the touchdown.
“That’s when we really started to get our offense going and we gained a lot of confidence,” Nolan defensive back Stephen Jolissaint Jr. said. “We just never gave up and stayed with our game plan.”
After scoring on its first two possessions, Prestonwood had only two first downs in its next 11 possessions.
Walden had one rushing touchdown as well.
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