By CLINT FOSTER
The Community Christian School Warriors’ 2013 campaign has gotten off to a rocky start, falling to 0-2 out of the gate after facing two high-caliber non-district opponents.
The Warriors’ most recent loss was at the hands of Dallas Tyler Street Christian Academy, who rallied from a 6-0 deficit to lead 18-6 at halftime.
The Crusaders took control in the second half to win 42-26 at Miller Stadium.
The CCS Warriors will take on the Ovilla Christian School Eagles on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Avalon High School just south of the OCS campus in Red Oak.
Head coach Bryan Horton felt his team squandered some opportunities to build on their lead in the first half when they lost two fumbles inside the 10-yard line. Horton said his team understands that If those possessions had gone differently, the outcome of the game would have been very different as well.
“We played better, so I got the improvement I wanted to see, but at the same time I really felt like that was a win we kind of let get away from us,” Horton said. “I really felt like that one was ours for the taking.
“Defensively, we played about as well as you could have asked for. We got away from our keys a little bit there in the secondary, but overall I was pretty happy.”
Horton said the Warriors’ pass defense still needs to improve, pointing out they were able to stop Tyler Street most of the time until they decided to “heave the ball down field.”
But the second straight home loss for the Purple and Black was not without bright spots. As usual, the Brazeal cousins led the way, combining for three of the Warriors’ four touchdowns. Isaiah scored on an 80-yard kickoff return and Sammy did his best William “The Refrigerator” Perry impression when he scored on a 1-yard rumble into the end zone in the second half. But the game’s first touchdown was a thing of beauty for both CCS and the Brazeal family. Sammy put some intense pressure on Tyler Street’s quarterback from his defensive line spot, forcing the Crusaders’ signal caller to chunk the ball right into the waiting hands of Isaiah, who returned the interception 48-yards for a touchdown.