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Football: Denton Calvary overwhelmed by Dallas Covenant

DALLAS – Last week the Denton Calvary Academy Lions suffered a heart-breaking seven point loss to Watauga Harvest Christian but Saturday the Lions suffered an entirely different type of loss as the Dallas Covenant Knights totally dominated Calvary 56-0 in a game shortened to two quarters due to the TAPPS mercy-rule.

“That team, those boys were grown men out there,” said Denton Calvary head coach Bernard Daniel of Dallas Covenant. “We ended up doing a lot of good things offensively and defensively. It came down to mental focus. We knew what they were going to run but they executed much better.”

The Knights, 7-1 on the season, rolled to a 32-0  lead in the first quarter and added 24 more points in the second quarter before the game was stopped due to the mercy-rule.

“Mentally, we just weren’t there. I didn’t see that fire and I put that on me,” said Daniel. “It was a huge learning experience for our coaching staff and the team. We know what it takes to beat those upper-echelon teams.”

Calvary, 4-4 on the year and 1-2 in district play, just could never get anything going offensively. Quarterback Justin Rush hit just 8 of 21 passes for 78 yards while the rushing offense was non-existent, totaling minus-32 yards on 13 attempts. Rush was under pressure all day and was dropped five times for minus-37 yards.

Running back Matt Hood was the leading rusher with four yards on three attempts but left the game in the first quarter with an injury. Drew White led the receiving corp with one reception for 33 yards while Jesse Wells, who missed the first quarter, had three catches for 16 yards. Brandon Eaton had one reception for 16 yards.

Calvary travels to Rockwall on Friday to face Heritage Christian at 7:30 p.m.