CEDAR HILL — The 2018 season opener lived up to the hype between two of TAPPS' best programs. Unfortunately for Bishop Lynch, the Friars (0-1) would fall just short on the scoreboard Friday, dropping a nip and tuck affair against Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill, 23-19.
Despite the loss, there were several signs of good things to come from an offense with just a couple of returning starters and underclassmen at key skill positions, and a defense that is trying to live up to the lofty standards it set just last season.
The Friars turned the ball over five times, were flagged for 12 penalties and gave up three plays of 30 yards or more – all touchdowns. However, some big plays downfield in the passing game gave the BL faithful a glimpse of something they haven't seen in the Chuck Faucette era – an aerial threat.
The Tigers (1-0) scored first on a 30-yard run after being gifted a first down on a play that should have been brought back for an illegal block. Senior Jordan Hudson answered with the first of his two scoring runs to tie the game after one period.
TCCH's Baylor commit Qualan Jones would put the Tigers back in front with a long run, but again it was the Friars answering on a Hudson run, set up by a few clutch connections between sophomore Kaidon Salter to the senior Rice commit Jack Bradley.
Jones would once again put the Tigers in front before senior Carson Garrett connected on a career-best 49-yard field goal just before halftime.
A high snap out of the end zone pulled the Friars within two at 21-19, but in the fourth the Tigers would go back in front by four when they sacked Salter in the end zone, closing out the scoring.
• Bradley fell just short of his first career 100-yard game, finishing with 98 yards on a game-high 6 receptions.
• SMU commit Warren Walls began the year with a bang, recording 8 tackles (3 for loss), a sack and forced a fumble. His hit on Jones in the second half gave the Friars the ball and sent the All-State running back to the sidelines for the rest of the night.
• Grayson Murphy (UNT pledge) also posted 8 tackles while forcing a fumble that he also recovered.
• Junior Plae Wyatt led the team with 11 tackles (8 solos).
The Friars will have a short week to prepare for the 2018 Battle on the Border Showcase in Shreveport, LA, where they will face 1-0 John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, LA), one of the largest and winningest programs in Louisiana history. The game will kickoff from Independence Stadium at 6 pm. Fans can watch the live video stream on Flo Sports for a $19.99 fee, or listen live on the BL Athletics YouTube channel for free. All tickets at the gate are $15.
Friday, Aug. 31 @ Charles Baldwin Stadium, Cedar Hill
BLHS 7 10 2 0 — 19
TCCH 7 14 0 2 — 23
TCCH – (9:45, 1st) Dwight McGlothern 30-yard run (Nathan Wood kick)
TCCH – (11:26, 2nd) Qualan Jones 73-yard run (Wood kick)
BLHS – (5:54, 2nd) Hudson 4-yard run (Garrett kick)
TCCH – (2:42, 2nd) Jones 63-yard run (Wood kick)
BLHS – (0:39, 2nd) Garrett 49-yard goal
TCCH – (7:24, 4th) Safety, runner tackled in end zone
1stDowns 13 12
Total Yards 197 246
Pass Yards 121 24
C-A-I 9-19-2 5-12-0
Rushing 42-76 32-222
Penalties 12-110 13-107
Turnovers 5 3
Fumbles lost 3 3