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Parish Episcopal Panthers Football has only one game left this season- the one for all the marbles. The biggest stage in TAPPS football is set and the Panthers are no stranger to making their appearance and presence known. This season, the team is in search of their fourth-straight state title as they take on Prestonwood Christian Academy. VYPE DFW breaks down the match-up below:
After setting an incredible legacy over the last few years, establishing a name for themselves, and demanding excellence in order to be beaten, the Parish Panthers have made their way back to the state championships. Going 11-1 overall this season (4-0 in district play), the Panthers hit the field and never hit the brakes. The team finished at the top of their district after defeating Bishop Lynch, Fort Worth Nolan Catholic, Trinity Christian Academy - Addison, and Prestonwood Christian Academy.
Using their preseason play to sharpen their abilities and gain advanced knowledge, Parish proved that they have what it takes to compete amongst the best in the area- including defeating strong UIL teams who are consistently UIL State contenders in their respective classifications like Aledo and Austin LBJ. Showing that the are more than just "hype" athletes like Tre Williams, Maddux Reid, Cedric Mays, Seth Scott, Sawyer Andreson, Daniel Demery, and more have been determined to get right back to this point and close out another season with a crown.
The Prestonwood Christian Lions are also no stranger to the biggest stage in TAPPS football. Five-time state champions, Prestonwood has made it back to the state finals with every intention to bring home gold. The team has had an incredible season while posting a 9-2 overall schedule (3-1 in district play) and finishing second in their district standings- just behind Parish Episcopal. The defense has been alert and able to provide opportunities for the offense to head back out onto the field each game.
After a season-opening loss to Argyle Liberty Christian, the Lions went on a seven-game win streak defeating the likes of Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal School, Houston Second Baptist, Trinity Christian Academy - Addison, Bishop Lynch, and more. Their only other loss this season? A 42-14 loss against Parish Episcopal during their final game of the regular season. Led by AJ Sibley, Luke McGary, Hudson Lunsford, Carter Stoutmire, and more, Prestonwood is fired up and ready to get the job done on Friday.
This, by no means, is going to be a quick and easy match. Both of these teams have rich history in the playoffs and at the state title game; athletes that comprise both of these teams' rosters are willing to lay it all on the line in order to add another ring to their collection. Having already seen each other this season (only three weeks ago), they know what holes and blind spots to attack during the biggest game of the season.
A revenge match unlike any other, fans can expect to see Prestonwood continue to be smart on their feet. Known for running the ball well, the Lions are going to try to set the tone early as soon as their offense steps on the field. Panthers fans can expect impactful play on both ends of the ball. Parish is known for being a force on the field- able to bounce back after nearly any blemish.
Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, December 2nd and you aren't going to want to miss even a second of the action in a championship game that is anyones for the taking. If you can't make the game at Waco ISD Stadium, tune in on TAPPS.tv
After an incredible season, the Parish Episcopal Panthers are headed back to the TAPPS State Championship game. The team posted an astounding 42-7 victory over St. Thomas Catholic in the TAPPS State Semifinals in order to punch their ticket to the state finals. VYPE DFW takes a look into the season so far and the Panthers' road to state!
The team was excited to open their preseason play against well-known and well-established UIL teams like Aledo and South Oak Cliff. Parish wanted to prove that not only could they hold their own in the TAPPS sector, but they could play against some of the best in UIL and hold a candle to these teams. The Panthers opened the season with a 24-17 victory over self-proclaimed Title Town Aledo before posting two more victories. Despite a tough loss to reigning UIL State Champion South Oak Cliff, the Panthers still kept pace with a fast program, falling by only a field goal.
From the loss forward, the Panthers bounced back and never looked in the rearview mirror. Parish posted an undefeated district record (4-0) before defeating both Bishop Lynch and St. Thomas Catholic in playoffs. Entering the state title game on an eight game win-streak, the Panthers are looking to secure their fourth championship in a row. A sharp defense and a finely tuned offense just might power them to securing another title.
Parish is set to take on Prestonwood Christian in the TAPPS State Finals on Friday, December 2nd at Waco ISD Athletic Complex. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
Rebecca Deragon (VYPE Media)