Fort Worth Temple Christian rallied in the second half, but came up short as Cedar Hill Trinity Christian advanced with a 22-15 victory in a TAPPS Division III state semifinal game Saturday at Warrior Stadium.
The Tigers (12-1) advance to the state championship game against Bay Area Christian in Corsicana at 12:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
“We got into a hole in the first half, but we just told the kids to come out and fight and they put themselves in a position where they could win and unfortunately, we came up a few points short,” Eagles head coach Steve Hohulin said.
The Eagles (12-1) went scoreless in the first half, gaining 94 yards of total offense, but their defense dominated the third quarter, holding the Tigers to just 3 yards on seven plays.
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Josh Ford kicked a 37-yard field goal and Jordan Johnson, who finished with 115 yards on 26 carries, scored from 2 yards out with 38 seconds left in the quarter to help the Eagles cut the deficit to 20-9.
Avery Childs added a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth, but the Eagles’ 2-point attempt failed when Cedar Hill Trinity’s Rodney Ruff picked up a fumble and returned it 93 yards for two points for the Tigers.
The Tigers went into halftime with a 20-0 lead after Reggie Hicks scored from 10 yards out with 57 seconds left.
Cedar Hill Trinity got good field position on its second drive after an Eagles punt hit an offensive lineman, setting up the Tigers at the 16-yard line. Two plays later, Malachi Broadnax connected with Jon Cole for a 10-yard score with 3:53 left in the opening quarter.
After a series of punts, the Tigers took their fifth drive 90 yards as Isaiah Davis scored on a 14-yard touchdown run midway through the second. The drive was highlighted by a 47-yard run from Cole.
Cole led the Tigers with 110 yards on five carries while Hicks added 72.
“It’s tough to come that close, but we’re proud of these kids,” Hohulin said.