By DAVID FULLER
HEWITT (December 9, 2017) – In a stark contrast of the championship games played on Friday, Colleyville Covenant Christian Academy used a stingy defense to capture their second state championship in school history with a 14-0 win over The Woodlands Legacy Prep.
After losing a close battle with Northland Christian in the 2016 title game, Covenant Christian found themselves in another game that came down to the wire. The Cougars leaned on their seniors that were on that losing team a year ago and they came up big against the Lions.
Running back Alan Maldonado and receiver Daniel Turner gave the Cougars all they would need on the first drive of the game. The senior duo touched the ball on every snap but one on their 13-play opening drive that spanned 5:35 on the clock, capped by a 15-yard scoring run by Maldonado. Turner added 33 yards receiving on the drive.
Legacy Prep could not get much going on offense, gaining just 77 yards in the first half to go with two punts, a turnover, and a failed 4th down attempt before the halftime break.
The Lions received to open the second half and their drive stalled at the 32. After a 21-yard punt, the Cougars went to work again on the hands of Turner and legs of Maldonado. After consecutive completions from sophomore Jackson Waggoner to Turner for 26 yards, Maldonado scored on the next play from 31 yards to give the Cougars a 14-0 lead.
The Lions and Cougars would trade interceptions in the middle of the field before Legacy Prep appeared to be getting the offense going. Junior Jay Smith rushed twice for 42 yards and junior Dion Pinkard added 16 yards on the ground to get the Lions down to the CCA 18. Daniel Turner came up big for the Cougars again with his second interception at the 10 yard line to kill the only real threat the Lions put up all afternoon.
The teams managed just 457 total yards between them with the Cougars holding Legacy Prep to 205 yards and forcing three turnovers.
A special moment occurred on the last drive for the Cougars as they prepared to go into victory formation. Senior Jack Cross entered the game to take snaps and seal the win for CCA. Cross was diagnosed with cancer in the spring and recently lost his father and a brother. The Cougars team has rallied around the senior and his older brother, Jordon Cross, who joined the coaching staff this season after starring for the Cougars as a receiver in 2010.
CCA – Alan Maldonado 15 yard run (Seth Killer kick) 6:25
CCA – Alan Maldonado 31 yard run (Seth Keller kick) 8:22
PASSING – Jackson Waggoner 8/16, 50 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT
RUSHING – Alan Maldonado 28 att, 109 yds, 2 TD; Jackson Wagoner 4 att, 17 yds; Daniel Turner 1 att, 13 yds; Daniel Calabrese 1 att, -4 yds; Seth Keller 1 att, -4 yds
RECEIVING – Daniel Turner 6 rec, 101 yds; Seth Keller 2 rec, 20 yds
PASSING – Jared May 6/20, 47 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT; Jay Smith 1/5, 11 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT
RUSHING – Dion Pinkard 11 att, 55 yds; Jay Smith 5 att, 49 yds; Jared May 15 att, 42 yds; Robbie Yanko 1 att, 1 yds
RECEIVING – Patrick Locke 2 rec, 29 yds; Jack Granak 2 rec, 17 yds; Hayden Crowder 2 rec, 7 yds; Jay Smith 1 rec, 5 yds