By CLINT FOSTER
The Community Christian School Warriors (5-5, 1-2) had playoff dreams going into the 2013 season. But under the lights of historic Miller Stadium on Friday night, the Warriors fell just one game short of proving achieving that goal many scoffed at, falling to TCAF rivals, the Willow Park Trinity Christian Academy Eagles (7-3, 2-1), 91-41.
“They’re fast,” CCS head coach Bryan Horton said of the Eagles. “Honestly, that spread, there’s not a defense in six man that can defend that. We didn’t play our best game and that’s really what we needed.”
At first it seemed the Warriors were destined to pull off what many thought was impossible. They jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, taking advantage of a TCA fumble on an opening onsides kick and marching down the field in a drive the culminated in a 10-yard touchdown run by senior Isaiah Brazeal. But then, TCA put together a long drive of their own to tie the score and the shootout was on.
Both teams traded scores through the first quarter, with TCA using their speed to air the ball out long and the Warriors relying on their proven ground-and-pound style. But despite leading 22-20 to start the second quarter, the Warriors’ fortunes took a turn for the worse. Back-to-back drives ended in fourth-down stops, both of which TCA turned into points. Try as they might after that, the Warriors simply could not claw back fast enough or get any timely stops to stay in contention.
Truly, CCS suffered from many handicaps. Two of their best senior leaders, Isaiah and Sammy Brazeal, played most of the game hurt. Also, TCA’s considerably larger roster allowed all of their players to stay fresh while the Warriors played both ways. As the game wore on, the fatigue took its toll and TCA reeled off multiple one-play drives with long scores.