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3A/2A/Private schools roundup (Week 10): Melissa holds off Anna; Farmersville earns playoff berth
ANNA — In a game that counted for bragging rights alone, 12-3A District champion Melissa scored a late touchdown to hold off Anna, 27-21. Melissa tied the game with six minutes to go before Chris Smith capped off a drive with the winning touchdown throw to J.C. Cottrell to put Melissa ahead for good.
Anna scored twice on defense and had a touchdown called back by a penalty that ended up being the difference in the game.
Melissa advances to the playoffs against Roosevelt at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Richardson’s Wildcat-Ram Stadium.
FARMERSVILLE — Darren Pennington rushed for 104 yards and three touchdowns to lead Farmersville (6-4, 4-2) past Van Alstyne (1-9, 1-5).
With the win, Farmersville earned a playoff berth from District 6-2AI and will play Boyd on Friday at Little Elm.
Farmersville scored touchdowns on its first four possessions, including a 38-yard interception return by Seth Hernandez.
Andrew Simon’s 75-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter gave Farmersville a 34-0 lead.
Alex Cole rushed for 150 yards on 23 carries for Van Alstyne. He also scored on a 13-yard touchdown run.
AUBREY — After falling behind early, Carrollton Ranchview scored 29 unanswered points as it cruised to victory over Aubrey at Chaparral Stadium.
Ranchview was led by quarterback Raghib Ismail, who rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 65 yards.
PRINCETON — Princeton (9-1, 3-1) stormed into the playoffs, scoring all its points in the first half and resting its starters in the second half. Nevada Community falls to (4-6, 0-4).
Princeton was led by Jakari Dillard’s 51 yards receiving along with David McKinzie’s 44 yards receiving. C.J. Bryant racked up 83 yards rushing. The Princeton defense held Community to -34 yards rushing.
Princeton will face Ferris on Thursday at Royse City ISD Stadium in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
QUINLAN — Taylor Sikorsky ran for 221 yards and two touchdowns as Quinlan Ford ended Crandall’s season with a home win.
Crandall would have clinched a playoff berth with a win.
Sikorsky scored both of his touchdowns in the second half and put Quinlan Ford up for good with a 56-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Quinlan Ford running back James Silkey contributed 115 rushing yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns.
DECATUR — Although its playoff hopes had already been dashed, Decatur played for pride Friday night and gave the fans something to cheer about on Senior Night as it swarmed Sanger.
“Even though this game didn’t mean anything as far as the playoffs are concerned, it was great to see them come out and play aggressive,” said Decatur coach Kyle Story. “It always gives us some momentum to close out the season with a win. And it gives them some confidence heading into the off-season.”
After a brutal injury to linebacker and tight end Tyler Story last season — a leg injury so bad many thought he’d never play again — the senior was able to contribute heavily in the final game of his career.
He caught a 7-yard touchdown pass and completed a pass for a 2-point conversion before spraining a ligament in his knee and sitting out the second half.
ARGYLE — Argyle Liberty needed a quality win going into the TAPPS playoffs and quarterback Foster Ford delivered Friday night.
The 6-foot, 195-pound senior threw for 302 yards and five touchdowns to lead Argyle Liberty to a 50-42 Division 1-1 victory over Bishop Lynch in a game in which the teams combined for 49 fourth-quarter points.
Ford completed 16 of 23 passes with no interceptions as Argyle Liberty mounted 578 yards of offense. Graham Richardson caught six passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns and Camron Cornett rushed for 97 yards and scored twice for Argyle Liberty (5-5, 3-3).
Both teams were battling for playoff seeding and needed points to settle tiebreakers. In the end, the Warriors, Bishop Lynch (6-4, 3-3) and Prestonwood Chrisitan finished in a three-way tie with 3-3 district records. With the final point differentials, Bishop Lynch will be the No. 3 seed, Prestonwood the No. 4 and Liberty Christian the No. 5 in the playoffs.
John Paul II
PLANO — Nahshon Ellerbe rushed for 175 yards and four touchdowns as Trinity Christian-Addison (8-2, 5-1) defeated John Paul II (2-8, 0-6) in TAPPS I Division I.
Daniel Davidson passed for 253 yards with two scoring passes to Tanner Snow for TCA, which plays the winner of San Antonio Central Catholic and St. Joseph’s next Saturday at home to open the playoffs.
Ryan Cook had 273 total yards for John Paul II, throwing two touchdown passes to John Scott.
Brock Thomas also caught a TD pass from Alec Bove for TCA and finished with 87 receiving yards on five catches.
FORT WORTH — Quarterback Joseph Prud’homme passed for a touchdown and ran for another to lead Nolan to a victory over Bishop Dunne in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Nolan’s rushing attack recorded 260 yards among eight ball carriers. Running back Luke Alves had a team-high 75 yards on 13 carries.
Prud’homme connected with Pierce Braden from 7 yards out with 32.7 seconds remaining in the first half to give Nolan a 15-7 halftime lead. Nolan (8-2, 6-0 TAPPS 1-District I) scored 15 unanswered points in the second half.
Nolan hosts El Paso Cathedral next Friday in the first round of the TAPPS playoffs. Bishop Dunne fell to 4-6 (1-5).
Arl. Grace Prep
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Grace Prep clinched the final playoff spot in DII District 1 with a win over Grapevine Faith. Myles Norwood carried the Grace Prep offense with 189 yards rushing and three TDs.
Norwood opened the game with an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Grace Prep added a late second-quarter score to go up 12-0 at the half. After Faith went three-and-out on its first possession of the second half, Norwood ran for two long scores to put the game out of reach and clinch the team’s fourth straight playoff appearance.
Grace Prep (4-6, 3-3) will play Dallas Christian next week in a TAPPS DII bi-district playoff at Dallas Christian. In an early-season matchup, Dallas Christian came out on top, 42-7. Faith finishes 2-8 (0-6).
MESQUITE — Dallas Christian came out hot and kept its record perfect in trouncing Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill in TAPPS 2-II behind Alex Craig’s 316 yards passing and four scoring passes.
Craig, who completed passes to six receivers, hit Justis Nelson five times for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Also scoring two TDs for Dallas Christian (10-0, 7-0) was D’Andre Cannon, who gained 99 yards on eight carries in the first half, including scoring gallops of 46 and 27 yards.
TC-Cedar Hill (2-8, 0-7) was kept off balance by Dallas Christian’s relentless defense, which intercepted quarterback Garrick Williams once and recorded 13 tackles for losses. Williams led TC-Cedar Hill with 80 yards rushing, including a 71-yard score for his team’s only touchdown.
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TYLER — Parish Episcopal racked up 493 yards rushing, with Zach Shelley getting 373 of those yards and five touchdowns, to finish district with a 7-1 record and secure second heading to the TAPPS 2-II playoffs.
Bullard Brook Hill
Prince of Peace
CARROLLTON — T.J. Dunks scored three first-quarter touchdowns after Prince of Peace converted a fumble on the opening kickoff into an early lead, then Brook Hill quarterback Will Weathers put the finishing touches on the TAPPS 2-II victory.
Weathers ran for touchdowns of 11, 6 and 30 yards in the second half, then hit Austin Hollarand with a 28-yard TD strike to wrap up the scoring. It was Weathers’ third touchdown pass and the second score to Hollarand.
Prince of Peace lost two fumbles — one on a kickoff, another on a kickoff return — in the fourth quarter, both leading to Brook Hill touchdowns.
Grant Hanks passed for two touchdowns for Brook Hill and was on the receiving end of a 23-yard TD pass from Weathers.
Davis Wolf ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns for Prince of Peace. Weathers rushed for 159 yards and passed for 131.
MESQUITE — Max Partlo threw four touchdown passes, three to Trae Hart, as TAPPS 3-District III champion First Baptist Academy (8-1, 4-0) overwhelmed Rockwall Christian (1-8, 1-3) for its sixth consecutive victory.
Partlo finished the regular season with 44 scoring passes and Hart had 25 touchdown receptions — both tops among Sports Day’s private school leaders. All of Partlo’s scoring strikes came in the first half when he threw for 235 yards to lead First Baptist to a 44-6 lead.
Irv. The Highlands
IRVING — Wide receiver Diego Williams grabbed three first-half touchdown passes as The Highlands evened its record while keeping Dallas Lutheran winless.
Williams, a 6-4 senior, used his height in traffic to gather in scoring receptions of 20, 12 and 7 yards from quarterback Joshua Wales. The Highlands (5-5, 2-2 TAPPS 3-III) finished with 268 yards while limiting Lutheran (0-9, 0-4) to 212 yards.
Lutheran took advantage of a turnover early in the second quarter, as Bikari Killo returned a fumble 60 yards to make it 14-7 with 11:46 before halftime.