Legacy Prep Advances to TAPPS State Semifinals

Legacy Prep advanced to the TAPPS Division IV state semifinals on Saturday afternoon with a 28-21 victory over Hallettsville Sacred Heart at Buffalo Stadium in Giddings.

The Lions improved to 9-1 this season with the victory and are the only football team from Montgomery County, public or private, still alive in the playoffs.

“We were down 14-7 at the half, and we just challenged our kids to execute what they were being coached to do,” Legacy Prep coach Clint McDonald. “Boy, they stepped up the second half and played great defensively, and did just enough offensively to put points on the board.”

Legacy Prep will take on Brazos Christian (Bryan) at noon on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Cub Stadium in Brenham. The Eagles improved to 9-2 this season with a 40-14 victory over Shiner St. Paul Catholic on Friday at The Woodlands Christian Academy.

“I think the kids are really excited about it,” McDonald said. “They get to go to the state semifinals next week for the first time in school history and face a tough Brazos Christian team. We’re just going to get back to work on Monday. … It’s a fun time of the year to be coaching and playing football.”

Jay Smith led the way for the Lions’ offense, collecting a team-high 95 yards on 11 carries, including a 27-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive. Jared May had 76 yards on 18 carries with two scores, and Dion Pinkard rushed 11 times for 39 yards.

May scored on a 24-yard run in the first half and found paydirt from 1 yard out for the go-ahead points in the second half. His second score was set up by a fumble recovery by teammate Patrick Locke. Robbie Yanko also had a 2-yard touchdown run.

May also had two interceptions in the game, including the game-clincher with 1:45 to play. Carson McDonald had two sacks and a forced fumble for the Lions.

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