Former district foes collide Saturday for a spot in next weekend's TAPPS D1 State Championship. Liberty Christian brings a six-game winning streak and balanced offensive attack to Irving against the Friars' four-game win streak and ferocious defense.
WHO: Bishop Lynch Friars vs Liberty Christian Warriors
WHAT: TAPPS Division I State Semifinal
WHERE: Joy & Ralph Ellis Stadium, Irving
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1 @ 3:00 pm
RECORDS: Bishop Lynch is 7-4 overall; Liberty Christian is 8-4 overall
LAST WEEK: Bishop Lynch def. St. Thomas, 42-35; Liberty Christian def. Prestonwood Christian, 24-21
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LIBERTY CHRISTIAN OFFENSE
The Warriors enter the game averaging 34 points and 345 yards per game (187 passing, 158 rushing). Sophomore quarterback Daniel Greek has passed for 1,759 yards with 23 touchdowns and only eight interceptions while completing 64 percent of his throws. The workhorse in this offense is senior Andre Washington, who leads the team in rushing (196 attempts, 1,480 yards, 15 TD) as well as receiving (50 catches, 575 yards, 8 TD). Preston White has a nose for the end zone, scoring seven touchdowns on just 30 receptions.
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN DEFENSE
The Warrior defense enters the semifinal round surrendering 31 points per game, including six games of 34 or more, with totals of 34, 36, 37, 38, 42, and 49. The leading tackler is junior Micah Grizzle with 67 and just three players have multiple sacks. Overall, the unit has forced 16 turnovers, recorded 15 sacks, 58 tackles for loss, and blocked four kicks. Michael Manning has a team-high six sacks while Collin Gamble has two interceptions, two fumbles forced and two recoveries. Gamble also has scored touchdowns on an interception return, punt return, and kickoff return.
BISHOP LYNCH OFFENSE
It's hard to say anything negative about a 375-yard rushing performance, like the one Charles Crawford had last week. However, he'll likely be protecting the ball a bit better after a few fumbles. Crawford's season totals are up to 1,394 yards and 22 TDs with an average of 8.1 yards per carry. Last week was his second 300-yard performance of the season, and the offensive line is playing its best at the most important time. The Friars are averaging 40 points per game during their current win streak. Carson Garrett is still perfect on PATs, converting 40-of-40 while booting 37 touchbacks and 11 punts downed inside the 20.
BISHOP LYNCH DEFENSE
They've allowed just 19 points per game, numbers that can often put a team ahead of the rest. But the way they've done it is most impressive, posting 98 tackles for loss, 29 sacks, and forcing 24 turnovers, with three defensive touchdowns in the postseason. Warren Walls recorded two sacks last week to give him 10 for the year, Plae Wyatt picked off two passes (one returned for a score) and also leads the team with 76 tackles. Grayson Murphy (70 tackles, 15 TFL, 5 sacks, 5 FF, 2 FR, 2 INT, TD) and Gabriel Murphy (72 tackles, 8 TFL, FF, FR, INT, TD) continue to fill up the stat sheet and in the secondary, Lathan Adams, Cole Johnson, and Zion Hawkins are playing extremely well at this point.