Below is a recap of six major highlights of Trinity Christian Academy football’s 2018 season.
TCA’s defense clamps down in first win of season
TCA finished as the TAPPS Division III state champion in 2018, although the team faced its share of struggles out of the gate.
A 52-13 loss to Dallas Parish Episcopal in week one was not the way the Eagles hoped to kick off the year.
Luckily, TCA enjoyed a great rebound performance, led by the defense, the next week.
The Eagles edged Valley View, 16-8 in week two, notching a pair of interceptions while holding the latter to 170 yards offense, for the former’s first win of the season.
Eagles dominate in district opener
TCA opened the year 2-3, dropping two of its next three games after the team’s win over Valley View.
However, the Eagles’ early season struggles did not carry over into district play.
A 60-18 rout of Fort Worth Temple Christian kicked things off for TCA in TAPPS DIII, District 1.
Scoring 21 points on non-offensive plays alone, the Eagles produced 53 first half points in what would become the start of a dominant 2018 run for TCA.
TCA enters postseason on fire
The firepower TCA displayed against Fort Worth Temple Christian was sustained throughout district play, with the Eagles picking up wins against Lubbock Trinity Christian (37-14), Midland Trinity (38-0), Lubbock Christian (35-17) and Flower Mound Coram Deo (20-14).
During that five-game span, TCA outscored its opponents by a combined mark of 190-63.
Eagles open playoffs with pair of double-digit wins
Colleyville Covenant and Pantego Christian played TCA in the first and second rounds of playoffs, respectively.
The Eagles made quick work of Colleyville, defeating the Cougars, 46-7 before blasting Pantego, 42-7 the next week.
Eagles gut out tough win in state finals
A state finals matchup versus Geneva, marred by subfreezing temperatures and torrential rain was the sight of TCA’s greatest on-field triumph of 2018.
Down 7-0 to Geneva early in the second quarter, the Eagles clawed their way back, getting a clutch contribution from lineman Cobey Bixler, who kicked a field goal for TCA’s only points of the half.
A 12-point effort by the Eagles in the fourth quarter, including a 50-yard receiving TD, completed the team’s comeback for TCA.
TCA earns 22 all-district selections
TCA’s successful championship run not only netted a state title but 22 all-district selections as well.
The Eagles took home seven first-team selections, six second-team selections and nine honorable mentions in TAPPS DIII, District 1.
Heading into the 2019 season, TCA still possesses a number of veteran players from that championship unit, something that should help the team sustain last year’s success.