The Colleyville Covenant football team won its bi-district game last week to advance to the area round of the playoffs, and coach Barry Morgan said he was quite impressed with how his team responded to the pressures of postseason football.
The Cougars will take on Dallas First Baptist in a rematch from Week 1 and the area round last season, and Morgan said his team is looking to avenge a lopsided Week 1 loss.
“The main thing we have to do is not hurt ourselves,” Morgan said. “In the first game, we had four turnovers inside our own 10-yard line. Our kids were just nervous and we kind of fell apart. If we start better, we should be OK.
“We played them last year in a game that ended up being a one-point shoot-out in the playoffs with them. But we are definitely entering this game with a little bit of a chip on our shoulder.”
The Cougars lost to First Baptist 68-14 in Week 1 , but defeated them 49-48 last season in the playoffs.
Morgan said his team’s victory against Muenster Sacred Heart was very well played on both sides and said his team did what it needed to do to win the game.
“It wasn’t really pretty at times,” Morgan said. “But we’re still playing. We had a really good week of preparation … we scored two times in the first half, and had many opportunities to put points on the board.
“Matthew McCartney had a great game. He had two interceptions, and our defense got after pretty good. I was very pleased with how they played.”
Covenant will play First Baptist at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas.• Over at Grapevine Faith Christian, the Lions came up just short in their bid for a second-round appearance in the postseason, losing to Parrish Episcopal 30-27.
Faith had a 14-0 rally in the fourth quarter but could not complete the comeback against Parrish Episcopal school.
Parrish Episcopal jumped out to a 21-0 second quarter lead, and it looked like it was going to be a long night for the Lions.
Faith answered with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Noah Postema from Cam Roane, and Parrish Episcopal led 21-7 at the break.
Ben Ashton caught an 89 yard touchdown reception from Roane in the third quarter to cut the Faith deficit to eight points after a missed PAT.
Parrish Episcopal scored nine unanswered points, including a safety, to give Episcopal a 17-point cushion heading into the fourth.
Faith responded with two touchdowns, one on a 10-yard run from Roane and the other on a 14-yard pass to Ashton from Roane.
The Lions were not able to complete the comeback however, and lost by three points.
Roane passed for 244 yards and three touchdowns in the game, while Ashton had 137 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Coach Kris Hogan could not be reached for comment.