Friday, October 18, 2013

2013 Friday Night Football Week 6: TLCA vs. Miles

MilesTLCA10 Last week for Week 6 of the high school football season I assigned myself to shoot the game between Texas Leadership Charter Academy and Miles High School here in San Angelo. TLCA is one of three San Angelo schools we cover. They were a private Christian school just five years ago before making the change over to a charter school and open to the public. The school's first two years of competing in University Interscholastic League sanctioned sports was pretty rough. Their football team, who had only ever played six-man ball, was thrown into the 11-man arena. They suffered through their first two seasons with no wins to their name. Now in their fourth season as an 11-man team, they are undefeated, and knocking on the door of a district championship.

So, it would be easy to assume that this game against the 1-4 Miles Bulldogs was simply going to be a formality for TLCA, easily winning and moving on to their bye week in Week 7. Nope. The Bulldogs had other ideas. In their first two district games against Christoval and Menard, TLCA outscored their opponents 101-27. So when TLCA senior spread back Haze Wood fielded a Miles punt on his own 47-yard line and ran it all the way down the field for the first score of the game in the first quarter, things started to take on a familiar tone. However, the Miles defense decided they weren't going to let TLCA run all over them and put up a stiff resistance all night. Eventually, Miles quarterback Shelton Hohensee found receiver Cody Krueger for a 60-yard touchdown and a 7-6 lead at the half.

The rest of the game was a defensive battle on both sides of the ball with TLCA's defense trying to get their offense back on the field and Miles trying to hold on to their slim lead. Finally, in the final minute of the the third quarter, TLCA's Brandon Garcia pounded his way into the end zone from three yards out to give the Eagles a 12-7 lead. There were going to have to be some last minute heroics on the part of Miles to secure the win, but with under two minutes to play, Miles' Hohensee threw up an incomplete pass on fourth down turning the ball over and securing the TLCA win. Miles dropped to 1-5 and TLCA's record remained unblemished.

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