Submitted by TSB Community
This Friday night’s MCA football battle was determined by big plays throughout the game, beginning with the first kickoff of First Baptist’s 41-7 win over the Mustangs.
First Baptist’s Trae Hart took the kickoff, made a few nifty moves and was off to the races with an 84-yard kickoff return.This quick start gave FBA the tempo early on and it continued throughout the entirety of the game.
First Baptist produced two more scores in the first half with a 4-yard rush from Andrew Brooks and a 2-yard rush from quarterback Max Partlo.
Leading off the second half, McKinney Christian came out with a fire under them as they drove 76 yards to paydirt. Ben Bajema’s 33-yard catch on third down kept this drive alive, which was capped off by a 2-yard rushing touchdown from Connor Doyle.
MCA’s attempt to recover the ensuing onside kick failed and FBA took advantage of short field position, driving 49 yards for the 3-yard touchdown pass to Trae Hart from Max Partlo. FBA kept control of the game from that point on, adding two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, a receiving touchdown and then 20-yard rush, both from Jeremy Brooks.
Though the statistics for FBA and MCA are very similar in total offense, 235 to 211, as well as first downs, 14 to 10, the difference maker was turnovers and failed fourth down attempts. MCA would begin to push the ball yet penalties and two costly turnovers diffused any positive outcome on the scoreboard.
With the deficit being so great, MCA was pressured into going for it repeatedly on fourth down, trying to keep up with the Saints. FBA was able to capitalize on these mistakes and take advantage of short field position repeatedly.