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By Cliff Gibson, Sports Information Director

In a game that saw 115 points and 1,271 total yards of offense, the Bishop Lynch Friars fell short Friday in their 2015 regular season finale. However, despite the 67-48 loss to the high-flying Prestonwood Christian Lions, the Friars still did enough in the season to clinch a berth in the TAPPS Division I football playoffs, which begin this weekend.

Bishop Lynch (4-6) will hit the road to face Houston St. Pius X (8-2), which will host the first round game Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Panthers' campus. The two teams met in the opening round last year, as the Friars prevailed with a 30-26 win in Houston.

The Friars managed their best offensive performance of the season, putting up 563 total yards (330 passing, 233 rushing), but allowed the Lions to gain a total of 708 yards, including 460 through the air.

Tristan Smith had a career night in his last home game as a Friar, passing for 305 yards and three scores while rushing for another 88 yards with a touchdown.

Jermaine Mask added 124 yards and a rushing touchdown while Sam Beasley (106 yards, TD), Michael Brown (90 yards, TD) and Ini Akpabot (90 yards, TD) had big nights in the BL passing game.

Drayton Delaney led the Friar defense with 12 tackles.

The Lions (8-2) held a 23-14 lead after one quarter despite touchdown passes of six and 51 yards to Brown and Akpabot, respectively. The Friars scored twice more in the second — courtesy of Smith's 27-yard run and a 12-yard scamper by Mask — but the Lions led 44-28 at intermission.

BL cut the deficit to nine points late in the third after Sergey Blansit booted a 29-yard field goal and Smith hit Beasley on a 31-yard score, but the Lions scored 20 of the next 23 points to put it away.

Senior Thomas Martinez added a late touchdown on a three-yard run.

The Friars ended the night with a minus-4 in the turnover column, with three interceptions and one lost fumble.

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