After last season’s loss to Dallas Tyler Street Christian eliminated them from the playoffs, the Calvary Lions got their revenge Saturday with a 52-14 victory at Bronco Field.
“It was huge for us, man,” Calvary head coach Bernard Daniel said. “It went great. It was a great stepping stone for us. Having lost to that team last year, we knew going into it what we had to overcome.”
Junior quarterback Justin Rush led the Lions with 100 yards passing and two touchdowns to go along with 78 yards rushing.
The Lions (5-5) used a 13-point second quarter to take a 20-6 lead into halftime.
“We went into half 20-6 and we just wanted to step on their throat in the second half, and we ended up putting up 32 points,” Daniel said. “We started to open up our offense. They couldn’t stop our run consistently and we starting going play-action.”
Jessie Wells also carried an offensive load for the Lions as he amassed 139 yards on 17 carries.
“Jessie is playing with a broken hand and a hurt ankle,” Daniel said. “He’s just an all-around football player. He plays his heart out on both sides of the ball. He’s literally our all-around go-to player.”
After the Lions took at 26-14 lead into the fourth quarter, Daniel said, he made a choice to give Matt Hood a chance at completing a halfback pass.
“Matt had been asking for a halfback pass all year, and I thought this is his senior year and I added that play in there for him,” Daniel said. “He executed the play well and found Rush up the sideline for the score.”
The Lions put up 26 points in the fourth quarter to secure the victory and another playoff berth.
Calvary will play New Braunfels Christian at a neutral site on Saturday.
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