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McKinney Christian Cruises Past Gainesville State School
By Gary Jacobs
McKinney Christian Academy ran past the Gainesville State School Tornadoes in TAPPS Division III District 2 football action Friday night 62-0. The Mustangs amassed 525 yards of total offense, including 370 yards in the first half. Although Gainesville fielded a courageous group of young men the Mustangs were too much to overcome. The Tornadoes fielded only 11 players who played both ways the entire game, but never gave in to the Mustangs.
Connor Doyle, who had 271 yards rushing, a 47 yard reception, and four touchdowns in the first half alone, led the Mustang charge. Doyle started scoring on an 18 yard run for a TD to finish off a game opening 72 yard drive. Caleb Wysong converted the extra point. On the Mustangs next possession they drove 91 yards to score on Nick Weidemann’s 2 yard plunge. Wysong again converted. Doyle once again got the call as he scored on a 47 yard romp. Wysong’s third PAT made it 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Second quarter scoring began with another 47 yard run from scrimmage by Doyle making the score 28-0 on Wysong’s point after. On Gainesville’s next possession, MCA sophomore Isaiah Gore picked off Gainesville quarterback Isaac R. and returned the interception 35 yards to score. The score went to 35-0 on the PAT. The Tornadoes were soon intercepted again only this time by freshman Jamie Greenwell who caught the ball at MCA’s 28 yard line and returned it to Gainesville’s 11 yard line, but the return was brought back to the MCA 32 yard line due to an illegal block on the return. Once more, Connor Doyle scored from 47 yards out two plays after the interception. The kick made it 42-0. Greenwell had one more pick which he returned to the Tornadoes 41 yard line. Freshman Montana Brock scored from there two plays later. MCA took a 49-0 lead into the half after Wysong’s PAT.
At halftime MCA senior fall athletes were honored including football players Kevin Jacobs, Andy and Zach Harrell, and Dallas Brock who missed the game due to illness. Other athletes honored were Sarah Beach, Mandy Moore, and Mallory Landry for Cheerleading, and Emily Warren for Cross Country.
At the beginning of the second half, Josh Belonga recovered the short kickoff to give McKinney Christian possession at Gainesville’s 31 yard line. Montana brock scored on an eight yard run. The point after made it 56-0.
Hayden Wyatt’s interception and return gave the Mustangs the ball at their own 42 yard line. McKinney scored on a 24 yard scoring strike to Will Jacobs. The score remained 62-0 due to the failed kick.