Colleyville Covenant Shuts Out Legacy Prep for State Title

By DAVID FULLER

Colleyville Covenant’s Alan Maldonado eludes a diving Legacy Prep defender and scores his second touchdown of the TAPPS Division IV state championship on Saturday.

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.

Colleyville Covenant receiver Daniel Turner (left) catches the ball over Legacy Prep defender Jared May in the third quarter of the TAPPS Division IV state title game.

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.

Colleyville Covenant senior Jack Cross receives instructions from head coach Rick Jackson just before entering the TAPPS Division IV state title game versus Woodlands Legacy Prep.

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Quarter
CCA – Alan Maldonado 15 yard run (Seth Killer kick) 6:25

2nd Quarter
None

3rd Quarter
CCA – Alan Maldonado 31 yard run (Seth Keller kick) 8:22

4th Quarter
None

STATISTICS
COVENANT
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

LEGACY PREP
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

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