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Shiner St. Paul RB Adam Hollenbach runs for 8 TDs to spoil Frisco Legacy's hopes of a TAPPS state title
WACO — Frisco Legacy Christian saw more than enough of Adam Hollenbach’s back.
Hollenbach scored eight touchdowns and gained 308 yards on 42 carries Friday night, leading Shiner St. Paul to a 56-43 win in the TAPPS Division III championship at Floyd Casey Stadium. Hollenbach’s scoring runs covered 4, 7, 68, 4, 9, 12, 23 and 5 yards.
“Scoring eight touchdowns is a first for me, and it happened in the best game,” Hollenbach said. “We were destined to finish out this year with a victory.”
Trailing 35-21 at the half, Legacy Christian (11-3) self-destructed on its first two second-half possessions. Austin Horne blocked Zach Snider’s punt, and St. Paul (10-3) took over at the Legacy Christian 18. Three plays later, Hollenbach bolted in from the 12.
On Legacy Christian’s next series, Marco Ynclan intercepted Adam Beck’s pass, and St. Paul began its drive at the opposition 43. St. Paul needed only three plays for Hollenbach to take it to the house from the 23.
“We played hard but just dug a hole we couldn’t get out of,” Legacy Christian coach Andrew Embry said.
Down by four touchdowns, Legacy Christian rallied. Beck, who threw for 274 yards with 12 completions in 15 attempts, directed a two-play scoring drive, taking it the final 29 yards himself.
Legacy Christian recovered the ensuing onside kick at the St. Paul 34 and scored in just two plays. Beck passed for 33 yards to Hunter Wood, and Ovie Urevbu plunged the final yard, narrowing the gap to 49-36 with just under two minutes left in the third quarter.
The teams swapped touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but St. Paul kept the ball on the ground and consumed the final 5:44 to clinch the state title.
St. Paul scored on all five of its possessions in the first half on drives of 75, 52, 74, 71 and 60 yards, requiring 39 plays.
Legacy Christian ran just 13 first-half plays but made the most of its limited opportunities.
Down 7-0, Legacy Christian tied the score as Beck hit Wood from 9 yards out with 3:10 left in the first quarter. Beck also connected with Wood on a 70-yard scoring pass that cut St. Paul’s margin to 28-21 with 5:25 remaining in the first half.