The Trinity Christian Academy Eagles (6-2, 2-1) struggled all night against rival Nazarene Christian Academy (7-2 3-0), losing their first district game of the season.
The Eagles were held to season lows in rushing (71 yards), passing (30 yards) and scoring in a 51-6 loss.
Things began rough with both teams being plagued by defensive and offensive miscues. Nazarene had a 12-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, and the Eagles were still in the game.
NCA was too much to handle in the second quarter. The visiting Lions gave the Eagles fits all night defensively and offensively. The game became quickly lop-sided as the Lions scored 39 points in the second quarter, using their size and experience to beat a solid Eagles squad.
TCA was plagued by turnovers and miscues throughout the game, being stopped four times in the red zone. Both TCA quarterbacks had uncharacteristically low performing nights, throwing for a combined 5-18 for 30 yards and 3 interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. The only touchdown on the night for the Eagles came from Nathan Chesney who scored on a 50 yard kickoff return.
The Eagles final game of the season was against Newman International (3-4, 2-1). Results to Friday’s contest were not available at press time.
TCA junior high football wins district
Trinity Christian Academy’s junior high football is 9-0 and claimed the CSAF District championship with a win over Nazarene Christian Academy Oct. 24 at Aledo Middle School.
Coach Stephen Dunson is “proud” of the team that returned only two of 12 starters.
“We have experienced success even with five players on the team who have never played football prior to this season and have only had two home games," he said. “The boys have worked incredibly hard all season long. Practices typically last an hour and a half on a daily basis. The boys stay an extra hour and 15 minutes after practice ends three days a week for weight training and conditioning."
While success on the field is celebrated and is important, Dunson stressed academics and leadership on and off the field.
"Players are required to bring their grade reports to me every Monday and are expected at all times to be leaders by example in the classroom," he said.
The TCA junior high football had its bi-district game Friday versus McKinney Cornerstone. Results were available at press time.