Northeast Tarrant

Lions football team knocked out in state semis

The season came to a close for the Grapevine Faith Christian football team last weekend, losing to district rival Fort Worth Christian by a score of 28-20 to cap off an 11-win season and trip to the TAPPS state semifinals at Pennington Field.

Fort Worth Christian was able to avenge its only loss of the season with the victory, but the Lions fought to the very end.

A strong offensive effort in the first half of the game from the Cardinals left Faith trailing 28-0 at halftime, but a massive second-half rally almost allowed the Lions to come back and tie it up.

It all started when Jeff Franklin hit Keyshawn Wyatt on a 17-yard touchdown pass to give Faith its first score of the game, and then Jake Mitchell picked off a FWC pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown right at the end of the third quarter to cut the Lions’ deficit in half.

The Cardinals used time of possession to its advantage, grinding out yardage to eat up the clock as Faith fought back.

Franklin connected with Noah Postema on a four-yard pass late in the fourth quarter to make it a one-score game, but by then it was too late and Fort Worth Christian moved on.

Faith finished the season with an 11-2 mark and defeated San Antonio Cornerstone and Parrish Episcopal in the playoffs before coming up just short against Fort Worth Christian.

Franklin passed for 2,460 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season and Wyatt rushed for 1,765 yards and 32 touchdowns for the Lions.

Jake Mitchell and Chad Kelly combined for more than 1,400 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns for Grapevine Faith this season.

Coach Kris Hogan could not be reached for comment on this story.