McKinney Christian Academy lost in the opening round of the TAPPS III Area playoffs to the fifth ranked Bay Area Christian Broncos on Friday night.
Despite courageous play by senior quarterback Dallas Brock and 121 yards rushing by running back Connor Doyle, the Mustangs were overcome by the Broncos' balanced offensive attack in a 52-14 loss. Brock, normally a two-way starter, had been sidelined for over two weeks by pneumonia, and was only able to play a limited amount at quarterback. Another obstacle for the Mustangs was the loss of two-way starter, senior lineman Zach Harrell, who broke his ankle at practice this past Monday.
Bay Area started scoring on their first possession of the game. Running back Caleb Hawkins Scott finished off a 73 yard drive with a four yard run. Connor Crow was good on the point after, making the score 7-0. The Broncos broke it open in the second quarter, however. Bay Area began with good field position at the fifty yard line and scored when running back Jake Smith took it in from 11 yards out. On the Broncos next possession they took over at MCA’s 48 yard line and again took advantage of the short field with Nathan Freeberg scoring on a one yard plunge. Crow’s PAT made the score 21-0.
On MCA’s next possession they made a risky call on fourth and one from their own 33 yard line. With quarterback Brock under center, the Mustangs made a direct snap to lone back Connor Doyle who raced through the Bronco defense and up the left sideline for a sixty-seven yard touchdown. Caleb Wysong’s kick made it 21-7.
BACS managed to score once more with only 27 seconds left in the half. Freeberg again scored, but this time on a seven yard run. With Crow’s kick the Broncos led 28-7.
In the third quarter MCA came out charging and marched down to Bay Area’s seven yard line. Big plays on the drive included a 34 yard reception by Jamie Greenwell from Reese Shaw, and pass interference against Greenwell in the end zone which set up MCA at the eight yard line. An interception in the end zone two plays later by BACS defender Garrett Mercantel stopped the drive, however.
The Broncos then took the ball down the field and scored on Crow’s 38 yard field goal. BACS scored again on Garrett Mercantel’s 10 yard reception from Freeberg. After MCA regained possession on the ensuing kickoff, quarterback Reese Shaw’s pass was tipped, intercepted, and returned 32 yards for a touchdown. Crow’s PAT brought the score to 45-7.
Final scoring in the game came on a fourth quarter fake field goal by the Broncos when holder Jordan Greer passed 17 yards to Garrett Mercantile. MCA managed to score once again when Dallas Brock carried it in from the nine yard line.
McKinney Christian finishes its season with a 5-6 record while Bay Area Christian advances to the Regional final with a 10-1 record.