McKinney Christian’s Mustangs battled to a win 21-12 over the hard-hitting Gainesville State School Tornadoes in a Friday night football matchup. As a result, the Mustangs are 5-1 overall — their best start ever — and are 1-0 in the district.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half with MCA taking advantage of good field position to take a 15-0 halftime lead. McKinney Christian scored first when a high snap sailed over the Gainesville punter’s head into the end zone, where he was chased down by Hayden Foote and tackled for a safety. The Mustangs’ next score came just seconds into the second quarter when Connor Doyle ran it in from six yards out for the touchdown. Caleb Wysong’s point after kick made it 9-0. MCA’s final score of the half came with only seconds left in the half when Doyle again ran it in from 5 yards out. A failed conversion left McKinney Christian leading 15-0 at the half.
Both teams continued to scratch to put together effective offensive drives in the third quarter. MCA took over at the Tornadoes’ 21-yard line after an unsuccessful fake punt attempt. Once again capitalizing on good field position, the Mustangs managed the only score of the quarter, and MCA’s last score of the game, when Caleb Wysong plunged into the end zone on a 1-yard quarterback sneak behind the blocks of Christian Long and Joel Torres. The unsuccessful conversion left MCA ahead 21-0.
Gainesville’s Tornadoes made the game interesting when they put together scores on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter. After holding McKinney on fourth and seven from the Gainesville 27, the Tornadoes took the ball down the field to score on running back J.T.P.’ s 1-yard dive. A failed conversion made the score 21-6. On McKinney Christian’s next possession, Gainesville recovered a fumbled snap at its own 43. The Tornadoes took the ball down the field and scored again on J.T.P.’s 21-yard halfback pass to Orean C. with 16 seconds left in the game, bringing the score to 21-12. The Tornadoes’ whirlwind comeback attempt continued when they recovered the ensuing onside kickoff. However, while out of timeouts, Gainesville managed only one more offensive play before time expired.
Gainesville State School falls to 0-5 overall and 0-1 in district.
Story submitted by Gary Jacobs