Varsity football falls to Prestonwood in TAPPS semifinals


Varsity v. Prestonwood 11-28-15 Nebel (18)

For the second year in a row, the Eagles took a trip to the TAPPS Division I semifinals and third since 2011.

Unfortunately, it resulted in a 49-23 defeat to Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy at Palestine High School’s Wildcat Stadium.

The Eagles fell to the Prestonwood Lions last year in the semifinals, as well. With game-time temperatures dropping into the 40s with a consistent rain, the contest began with the Eagles pulling into a tie with a touchdown on their opening drive.

Senior quarterback Michael Keating connected with junior Jhamon Ausbon on a post route for 39 yards and a touchdown. After that, they struggled to keep it close with the Lions.

“The weather made it really tough to do what we do,” said senior defensive back David Jones. “It was hard to throw, catch, and hold on to the wet ball.” This resulted in a few fumbles.

The Eagles did not have enough resistance to overcome four turnovers, eight penalties, a missed field goal and five Prestonwood drives on eight first-half possessions which included single scoring plays of 67 and 80 yards.

These were major factors that led to the 35-9 lead for the Prestonwood Lions at halftime. As the Eagles entered the second half, the offense produced more as Keating found Ausbon with a floater alone in the flat and he ran 40 yards to the end zone.

On the next series, Ausbon made a catch over the middle before pitching it to David Jones, a hook-and-lateral play for a 32-yard touchdown.

“A game like that is what the hard work all summer leads up to. In the end, it didn’t end our way but the memories were unforgettable. We had a great season and an awesome four years. I wouldn’t want to play with any other group of guys.”

-David Jones, senior defensive back

The final score of the semifinal game was 49-23, as the Eagles conclude their season.

Blake Steele goes to St. Thomas High School. He plays varsity rugby and football. Blake is a very social person who is smooth with the ladies. He also happens to be a fantasy football enthusiast. On the football field, Blake is known for having a "No Fly Zone", and is every quarterback's nightmare. People refer to him as former Ravens LB, Ray Lewis.