Friars upend defending state champs, advance to 2016 title game

Friars upend defending state champs, advance to 2016 title game

A lot can change in two months … just ask Prestonwood Christian. The defending state champions held on to win against the Friars in early October, but had the table flipped Saturday when Bishop Lynch notched a 48-43 win, putting the Friars in this weekend's TAPPS Division 1 State Championship game.

In that first meeting, the host Lions (10-2) took advantage of BL turnovers to keep their distance. This time, at Mesquite's Memorial Stadium, the Friars (8-5) were the opportunistic ones, using a pair of fourth-down stands and a timely interception to open a two-score lead at halftime and ride that momentum to the win – their fourth straight.

Now, the Friars will take on another district for that stole a win from them earlier in the season — Bishop Dunne. The Falcons bested BL by a 28-21 margin to open the district schedule.

Kickoff for the state final is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday from Midway ISD's Panther Stadium in Hewitt. It's the first appearance in the state title game since 2008. The Friars have not won a state football championship since 2003.

The usual suspects turned up big during the win over Prestonwood, which had gone 7-0 in district play this year.

Jarek Broussard had 119 yards receiving, 101 yards rushing and three total touchdowns. Jaire Moore rushed for 111 and two scores while Jermaine Mask muscled his way to a pair of touchdowns. Jagger LaRoe continued his upward trend of improvement at the quarterback position, passing for 143 yards and two scores on just nine attempts.

The Friar defense came up with six sacks of Prestonwood's M.J. Rivers and Jeremy Harris picked off a pass just before halftime to put the Friars in position to take a 28-13 halftime lead.

Saturday's state championship game will be streamed live on the NFHS Network (http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/tapps) and on radio produced by Legacy Sports Network.