Each football game is a made up of two different halves. That was clearly demonstrated inFriday night’s matchup between McKinney Christian Academy and Covenant Christian Academy. Observers who saw only one half or the other would have sworn there were two different games, rather than two different halves. MCA resoundingly won the first half. However, Covenant won the second half, and ultimately the game, 28-17.
McKinney Christian fell to 5-2, for the season, and 1-1 in district. This week, the Mustangs face Legacy Christian Academy, which shares the district lead at 2-0 with Covenant Christian.
Against Covenant on Friday, the Mustangs won the coin toss and took the opening possession of the game at their own 18-yard line. On that possession, MCA controlled the ball for most of the first quarter behind the running of Sky Walker and Caleb Wysong. The Mustangs were able to drive down the field to Covenant’s 10-yard line where the Cougar defense stiffened. With 2: 13 remaining in the quarter, Caleb Wysong then nailed a 25 yard field goal to put MCA ahead 3-0. On the Cougars’ only possession of the quarter, Covenant quarterback Zack Carnes was intercepted by Isaiah Gore, who wrestled the ball from the receiver on the last play of the quarter. McKinney Christian took advantage of that turnover in the second quarter.
After the change of quarter, MCA proceeded down the field, scoring on Wysong’s 21-yard touchdown pass to George Harris. A blocked PAT made the score 9-0. The Mustangs’ stingy defense once again stopped the Cougars by forcing them to punt on their next possession. Starting from their own 34-yard line the Mustangs drove the length of the field. This time Sky Walker picked up a fumbled snap from center and ran across the goal line for a three yard touchdown. Wysong’s conversion run made it 17-0 Mustangs at the half. Before the half, the Mustang’s defense was its most dominant of the year, limiting Covenant to 34 yards of total offense. MCA’s offense did not punt before the half. After the half, it was a whole new ball game.
Covenant received the kickoff to open the third quarter. On the second play from scrimmage, Cougar quarterback Zack Carnes raced through and past the Mustang defenders to shock the home crowd with a 54-yard touchdown run. After Brooks Friedman’s extra point, the score was 17-7 with only 44 seconds expired off the game clock. On their next possession, MCA punted for the first time of the night. Covenant took the ball and quickly struck again with a 51-yard pass reception by Micah Lutz from Carnes for another touchdown.
The Cougars had scored touchdowns on two of their last four plays from scrimmage. The PAT narrowed MCA’s lead to 17-14. Then, on their next possession of the quarter, Covenant was aided by a face -masking penalty which nullified a great defensive play, and moved the ball to MCA’s nine yard line. The Cougars then scored on the following play when Lutz went into the end zone from nine yards out. The point after made it 21-17. The third quarter was as thoroughly dominated by Covenant as the first half had been by McKinney Christian.
In the fourth quarter, Covenant scored on its fourth consecutive possession of the half. Micah Lutz once again scored on a two yard plunge. The final score was 28-17 with the PAT.