Bishop Lynch knew just where to attack Trinity Christian when the two teams met Friday night, and the plan paid huge dividends as the Friars emerged with a 49-42 win over the Trojans at Roffino Stadium.
The Friars (3-2, 1-1) took advantage of a porous TCA rushing defense that entered the game surrendering just over 300 yards per game on the ground. Bishop Lynch blew that number away, churning out 535 of its season-best 582 total yards via the running game.
Jaire Moore (209), Jarek Broussard (167) and Jermaine Mask (153) each eclipsed the 150-yard mark. Moore found the end zone four times while the others each scored once.
Moore's touchdown runs covered 63, 64, 23 and 2 yards. Mask sprinted 75 yards to paydirt and Broussard opened the scoring with a 79-yard scamper, while also putting the game away for good with a 74-yard run down to the TCA 5 with less than a minute to play.
The Friars led by as many as 21 points on two separate occasions, taking a 28-7 lead late in the first half, then entering the final frame with a 49-28 advantage.
TCA quarterback Court Walker came into the contest averaging 400 yards and six touchdowns per game through the air and almost met those numbers against the Friars. The senior transfer passed for 379 yards but needed 32 completions and 57 attempts to do so. He threw four TD passes and scored twice on the ground.
For the fourth straight week, the Friars' opportunistic defense won the turnover battle, forcing two fumbles while the offense played turnover-free for the third time in the past four games.
Keion McGee recovered both TCA fumbles, the second of which came with under two minutes to play and the Trojans at the Bishop Lynch 15-yard line.
The BL defense will get another stiff test next week when the Friars head to Plano to take on the defending TAPPS state champions from Prestonwood Christian (4-1, 2-0).
Like TCA, the Lions score at an alarming rate (49.2 points per game) but also allow more than 42 points each outing.
Kickoff from Plano is slated for 7:30 p.m.
TCA 7 7 14 14 — 42
BL 14 14 21 0 — 49
BL – Jarek Broussard 79-yard run (Carson Garrett kick)
BL – Jaire Moore 63-yard run (Garrett kick)
TCA – Court Walker 1-yard run (Cole Yeatts kick)
BL – Jagger LaRoe 1-yard run (Garrett kick)
BL – Moore 64-yard run (Garrett kick)
TCA – Blake Hinton 15-yard pass from Walker (Yeatts kick)
TCA – Kenny Nelson 19-yard pass from Walker (Yeatts kick)
BL – Moore 23-yard run (Garrett kick)
BL – Jermaine Mask 75-yard run (Garrett kick)
TCA – Walker 8-yard run (Yeatts kick)
BL – Moore 2-yard run (Garrett kick)
TCA – Nelson 25-yard pass from Walker (Yeatts kick)
TCA – Hinton pass from Walker (Yeatts kick)
Team Stats BL TCA
1st Downs 20 36
Total Yards 582 503
Rushing 42-535 31-124
Pass Yards 47 379
C-A-I 3-6-0 32-57-0
Fumbles lost 0 2
Turnovers 0 2
Penalties 9-65 8-75
BL – Jagger Laroe 3-6-0-47
TCA – Court Walker 32-57-0-379
BL – Jaire Moore 18-209, Jarek Broussard 5-167, Jermaine Mask 16-153, Jagger LaRoe 3-6.
TCA – Cody Henson 12-65, Court Walker 13-38, Williams Kennedy 6-21
BL – Jarek Broussard 3-47
TCA – Jack Savage 9-123, Kenny Nelson 7-89, Blake Hinton 10-80, Cody Henson 6-67, Taylor Davis 2-57