Friars ready to face rival for second state title in three years

The Friar defense is anxious for another chance at the Bishop Dunne Falcons, one they'll get Friday when the teams meet for the TAPPS D1 state championship. (Photo by Andy Reine)
The Friar defense is anxious for another chance at the Bishop Dunne Falcons, one they'll get Friday when the teams meet for the TAPPS D1 state championship. (Photo by Andy Reine)

With all the similarities between the Friars' improbable run to the 2016 state title, and this 2018 season, Bishop Lynch is hoping the ending is also written the same.

The Friars (8-4) will face play for their second state football championship in three years Friday when they face rival Bishop Dunne (10-3) at Midway ISD's Panther Stadium.

Both teams are red-hot as the Falcons enter on a seven-game win streak, which includes a 21-13 home win over the Friars in district play. Bishop Dunne went 4-0 in league play on the way to the district crown. The Falcons have surrendered just 9.7 points per game during their current win streak and 10.9 points per game over the entire season.

Ironically, that game was the last time the Friars were on the losing end, winning five straight games while scoring an average of 45 points per game during that span. In three playoff games, junior Charles Crawford has managed to rush for 878 yards and 13 touchdowns behind a dominant offensive line. Crawford enters Friday's game with consecutive games of 300+ yards with 375 against St. Thomas and 367 yards and six touchdowns last week against Liberty Christian.

In the first seven games of the season, the Friars never put together 300 or more yards of offense. In fact, their highest total was 295, coming in the loss at Dunne. However, on the current streak, the Friars have topped that number five times, passed more than 400 yards twice and last week had 534 yards.

In all actuality, the first meeting between these teams wasn't as much what the Falcons did right, as what the Friars did wrong. Three turnovers ended drives with potential and Dunne capitalized on a couple of big plays for touchdowns.

A tipped ball led to one score and a no-call resulted in another. Despite it all, sophomore quarterback Kaidon Salter had his best statistical day of the season, passing for a career-best 186 yards. Crawford was limited to just 90 yards on 23 carries.

 

WHO: Bishop Lynch Friars (8-4) vs Bishop Dunne Falcons (10-3)

WHAT: TAPPS Division I State Championship

WHERE: Midway ISD's Panther Stadium

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 7 @ 7:00 pm

TICKETS: Adults $15, Students/Seniors $10 (TAPPS, TGCA, THSCA and THSADA passes only)

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