SEGUIN (Covering Katy News)—St. John XXIII College Preparatory High School won the Division 5 Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) football state championship Saturday, defeating St. Mary’s Hall, 38-27.
Coach Clay Richardson’s team finishes with a 10-1 record. The game was played at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, which served as a neutral site. St. Mary’s Hall is in San Antonio. The Barons finish at 6-2.
The state title is the first for St. John XXIII, 1800 W. Grand Parkway North. The Lions tied their school record for most wins, 10, with the 2013 team. That year’s team made it to the state final before losing to Midland Christian.
The title comes in Richardson’s year at the helm. He previously coached at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California where he was on staff for 14 seasons, and offensive coordinator for the last 11.
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The Lions began their season with four consecutive wins, one of which was by forfeit, before running into a tough team from C.E. Yoe and losing that game, 48-0, on October 5. The Lions rallied after that loss and won six consecutive games en route to the title.
The St. John defense was a key to the Lions’ success, as it shut out four of its opponents (including the forfeit). But it also needed help from the special teams and the offense, too. In the semi-final game against Village, the Lions needed a late field goal to win that game, 27-24 and ensure a spot in the championship game.