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Legacy Christian Academy used the combination of a stout defense and big plays to overcome McKinney Christian Academy 17-10 Friday night in varsity football.
Currently ranked third in TAPPS Division III, the Eagles scored on a 63 yard screen pass to Ovie Urevbu in the fourth quarter to pull ahead for good. Up to that point defense was the name of the game for both teams as both had struggled to a 10-10 deadlock.
The game opened with a big play, though, by MCA’s Caleb Wysong who took the opening kickoff back 66 yards for a touchdown. Wysong then added the extra point to put the Mustangs ahead 7-0 with only 18 seconds expired off the scoreboard clock.
After recovering a fumble and returning it to the McKinney Christian 28-yard line, the Eagles managed to move the ball to the 18. A tough defensive stand by the Mustang defense held the Eagles to a 25-yard field goal by Cameron Thrash making the score 7-3.
Legacy Christian’s first big play opened second quarter scoring when Adam Beck hit Bryan Marino on a 42-yard seam route for a touchdown. Thrash’s PAT made it 10-7, Legacy.
That’s where scoring stalled until the fourth quarter as the defenses for both teams managed to hold each other to a stalemate. Late in the third quarter, with LCA driving, McKinney’s Ben Bajema forced a fumble by Ovie Urevbu which was recovered by the Mustangs at their own 14-yard line. After changing ends of the field to start the fourth quarter, MCA managed their only successful offensive drive of the night. MCA took the ball the length of the field and took advantage of the wind to score on Caleb Wysong’s 24-yard field goal to tie the game 10-10.
After the ensuing kickoff, Legacy took over at their own 24. Blaine Billmyre’s 10-yard reception on a crucial third and eight kept the Eagle’s hopes alive. Those hopes were soon realized as Urevbu scored two plays later on the 63 yard winning touchdown. Thrash’s point after made it 17-10.
Again, defense was a significant part of the game for both teams. Urevbu who had over 1,500 yards rushing for the season coming in to the game, managed only 72 yards on the ground for the night. The Eagles had also been averaging 42 points per game, but were hurt by three lost fumbles and an interception.
McKinney Christian’s offense was also stymied for the second week in a row as they were again held without a touchdown and had only 74 yards total offense.
McKinney Christian, 3-5 overall, 0-2 in district, face the Gainesville State School next Friday at 7:30 at McKinney North High School. Legacy Christian plays again in two weeks against Covenant Christian from Colleyville at Fort Worth Christian High School.