Week 4 of the season was pretty easy. For starters all of the games we were covering were 40 miles away or less from San Angelo, meaning were were not going to have to send people all over creation. Secondly, the weather was far better than it was the previous week with not a hint of rain in the forecast. We did, however, have some low-lying clouds which made for some beautiful pregame photos.
I was covering the Game of the Week at Lake View Stadium between Christoval High School and Texas Leadership Charter Academy. TLCA has only recently become a team to watch in the Class 1A Division II football scene because they have only participated in UIL sports for a few years. But as their student population grows, so does the talent level of their football team. Friday's game was a district opener for both teams, who were 3-0 on the season thus far. Somebody's perfect season was on the line.
Everyone thought the the game was going to be high-scoring for both teams, but the big mystery was going to see which defense was going to be able to hold up. As expected, the two high-octane offenses traded scores back and forth, but it was TLCA's defense that showed up to play. TLCA held a slim 14-13 lead with just over five minutes left to play in the second quarter and then ballooned their lead to 35-19 at the half. With two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the second half and an offense that seemed to be unstoppable, TLCA ran away with the game to the tune of a 61-25 win over the Cougars and go 4-0 for the season. I guess there's a new sheriff in town for District 6-1A Division II.