Both of last year’s SPC football champions, the Kinkaid Falcons (4A champs) and the Fort Worth Country Day Falcons (3A champs) competed in the 2019 Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools 7 on 7 Football Tournament in Waco this past weekend. This is only the second year that TAPPS has allowed SPC schools to compete, and Kinkaid and FWCD have competed since the SPC was first included last year.
FWCD made to the platinum bracket by finishing pool play as runner-ups with a 5-1 record. FWCD’s pool was loaded with talented and championship level programs. They started off pool play by beating Tyler All Saints, Austin Regents (TAPPS Div. 2 runner-up), and finished up the morning with a hard fought win over McKinney Christian (2017 TAPPS Div. 3 runner-up). The afternoon started off with a loss to the eventual tournament runner-up St. Pius X (2017 TAPPS Div. 1 runner-up) but the Falcons turned it around with a big win over a very talented John Paul II out of Plano. FWCD would wrap up the day with a win over Cypress Christian (2017 TAPPS Div. 3 State Champions) and secure their spot in the platinum bracket.
Kinkaid was also placed in a very tough pool. Three teams from that pool would go on to win their brackets on Saturday. The Falcons opened up pool play with wins over TAPPS Div. 1 powerhouses Nolan Catholic and Prestonwood Christian. They finished up the morning with a hard fought overtime victory over Austin St. Michael’s. In the afternoon, Kinkaid defeated Dallas First Baptist and then finished the day with wins over eventual Silver Champions Victoria St. Joseph and Bronze Champions Beaumont Legacy.
In bracket play, the two 2018 SPC Champions faced off in the quarterfinals. FWCD scored on the final play of the first half to make it 14-12 Kinkaid heading into the break. The 2nd half was back and forth, but Kinkaid was able to get a late stop and one final score to put the game away and win 37-24. Country Day would play one more game, falling to the eventual Consolation Champion, St Thomas Catholic, 40-47.
In the semi-finals, Kinkaid was able to get by a scrappy Brazos Christian team before facing off with another TAPPS Div. 1 powerhouse, St. Pius X, in the championship game. Kinkaid fell behind early by 12 but rallied back to take the lead 14-12 with just a minute to go in the half. Kinkaid then gave up a score on the last play of the half and St. Pius took a 18-14 lead into the half However, it was all Kinkaid in the second half as the Falcons went on a 21-0 run to start the half. Each team would trade scores before Kinkaid got one final stop and ran out the final 2 minutes on the clock, winning 42-24.
Congratulations to both SPC teams for their outstanding performances. Both teams represented the conference well!