The TCA Eagles (7-3, 3-1) lost a close game by a final count of 74-72 Nov. 7 to Methodist Christian Home (Waco) in the first round of the TCAF Division 1 playoffs. Both squads got off to hot starts and it looked as if it was going to be a non-stop scoring affair as both teams traded scores. On the evening, Calib Guynes threw for 235 yards 1 TD/1 INT and rushed for a game high 310 yards and 7 TDs.
Guynes scored the Eagles’ first touchdown of the playoff with a 12-yard touchdown run, and on the next possession, Nathan Chesney caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Guynes. Guynes ended the quarter with a 6-yard TD scamper. The Eagles were down by a slim 32-30 score after the first quarter.
Guynes had a crucial fourth-down conversion on the second possession of the second quarter, running 19 yard for an Eagles’ first down. Two plays later, he connected from 4 yards out with Nathan Montano who had a career high 114 yards receiving on 7 receptions. Guynes answered a Methodist Bulldogs’ score with a 3-yard TD run of his own, and added another run to his already impressive performance by scoring on a 30 yard dash on the final possession to end the first half. Both squads went back and forth in the scoring frenzy, but at the half the Bulldogs had the slight edge with score of 60-52.
In the third quarter, Nick Marcantonio came up with one of his many huge defensive plays on the night when he forced a fumble recovered by Guynes, giving the Eagles another offensive possession and great field position. In three plays, the Eagles went 44 yards, ending with a Guynes 6-yard TD run. On the Bulldogs’ next possession, Marcantonio forced another fumble, recovering this one himself, but the Eagles were not able to capitalize. TCA kicker John Roberts attempted a 40-yard field goal but came up just short, a rare attempt in six-man football. With 1:47 left in the third quarter, Chesney caught the Bulldogs off guard and ran the kickoff back 58 yards. The score after three was 74-64 in the Bulldogs favor.
Guynes started the fourth quarter off right with a forced fumble and recovery on what would be the Eagles’ final scoring possession on the night with yet another Guynes TD. Jacob Chesney forced a fumble and recovered giving the Eagles one last chance on TCA’s final possession with seconds left in the game. Guynes led the final drive to the 12 yard line as time ran out. The Eagles came up just two points short and lost by a final score of 74-72.
TCA head coach Jeff Anderson said after the game that the 2014 Eagles exceeded all expectations and added to the rebuilding of the tradition and football program.
“I could not be more proud of my boys,” he said. "[We] were supposed to not have a winning season this year and instead my boys went 7-3 this season ,winning six by mercy rule, beating four playoff-bound teams and finishing second in district and earning a home playoff game, which we lost by two.”