A new era begins in 2016 at Bishop Lynch with the hiring of new head coach Chuck Faucette, ambulance who makes his way back to Texas after five years at the helm of the Lutheran South program in St. Louis, MO. Faucette has coached at all levels from TAPPS to the NFL and his experience has the Friar faithful about the upcoming season.
The Friars finished the 2015 season with a 4-7 record (3-4 district) that includes an opening round playoff loss to St. Pius X (59-34). Lynch was in the middle of the pack of the very talented TAPPS District 1 and are expected to do about the same this season. The Frairs will have to replace quarterback Tristan Smith, who is at Illinois State now, and their best athlete from a year ago, Ini Akpabot.
All-state running back Jermaine Mask returns as well as all-district award winner Michael Menditto and linebacker Davis Peck. If the Friars are to move into the top tier of the best district in the state, they will have to avoid the late season swoon that plagued the squad last season. Bishop Lynch lost four of their last five games in 2015, and three of the final four games last season were against teams that played in the state semifinals. The 2016 schedule is a little more forgiving as Lynch will face Bishop Dunne to open district play and gets Prestonwood two weeks later. The final game of 2016 will be against district newcomer Parish Episcopal, who replaces Midland Christian after they dropped down to Division II.
Bishop Lynch kicks off the 2016 season on August 26 against Texarkana Texas High.
Key Departures: QB Tristan Smith (Illinois State), LB Gabe Brace (Saint Joseph, IN), Ini Akpabot (SWOSU)
Key Returners: RB Jermaine Mask (all-state), LB Davis Peck, DL Michael Menditto (all-district)
|2016 Bishop Lynch Schedule|
|9/23||@Bishop Dunne (district)|
|10/14||Plano John Paul II (district)|
|10/21||@Liberty Christian (district)|
|10/28||Nolan Catholic (district)|
|11/4||@Parish Episcopal (district)|