Houston Northland Christian scored two third-quarter touchdowns to hold off Colleyville Covenant 21-17 Saturday in the TAPPS Division III championship game at Panther Stadium in Waco. Covenant built a 17-7 halftime lead behind a 37-yard touchdown catch by Jake Reed, a 24-yard TD run by quarterback Joshua Stith, and a 25-yard field from Seth Keller.
Key players: Stith completed 9 of 16 passes for 104 yards and the touchdown, but the Covenant rushing game was limited to 97 yards on 34 plays. Isaiah Diggs led the Cougars with 36 yards on 12 carries, followed by 30 yards on 10 carries from Alan Maldonado. Northland QB Michael Massarella passed for 123 yards and ran for 220 and two TDs.
Key stat: In the fourth quarter, Covenant recovered a fumbled punt at the Northland 15-yard line, but a fourth-and-goal pass to the end zone fell incomplete.
Records: Covenant 12-2; Northland 14-0
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