The Christ Prep Patriots were bested in the National Homeschool Football Association championship game by the Lighthouse Christian Chargers by a final score of 21-7. The tournament finale was played on a cold, rainy, muddy night that favored the ground-and-pound offense of the Chargers over the high-energy air attack of the Patriots.
Congratulations Patriots coaches and players for an outstanding season. The 2014 season is one to remember with pride. After graduating nine seniors last year, it wasn’t clear that the Patriots would be able to field a strong 11-man squad. But, God provided a fantastic group of rookies and new recruits to fill a team with enough talent, dedication, and heart to reach the highest level of home school football competition. What an amazing ride!
For the Patriot family and friends in Florida, the games, the food, and the fellowship were great. The 2015 season starts now! Well, maybe everybody needs a break till January, but there’s a lot of promise in the returning players. They certainly have what it takes to play for another home school football championship.
It all comes down to this! Christ Prep shined in 2014, posting an 8-1 record. The Patriots entered the home school national tournament as the top seed based on national ranking. After a first round tournament win against North Georgia, the Patriots are just one win away from a national title. The championship game will pit Christ Prep against their regional rival and defending national homeschool champ Lighthouse Christian Chargers. If you were not able to make the trip from Kansas City, you’re in luck. NHFA will cover the game live with streaming video. Watch all the action at the NHFA web site address below:
The Chargers advance to the championship game after a tough win against perennial powerhouse Central Virginia.
The Patriots and Chargers met earlier this year in a hard fought game that ended with the Patriots on top with a score of 30-14. The Chargers will be fired up to avenge their homecoming loss with a win in the homeschool championship final.
In National Homeschool Football championship play, Kansas City’s Christ Prep Patriots were too much for the North Georgia Falcons to handle in a lopsided 40-6 win Thursday night. The weather was cold, much colder than expected for the sunny Florida cost, but the Patriots were red hot in the first of two games on the road to a homeschool national title.
The Patriots defense held the vaunted North Georgia offense to a single touchdown, and that occurred on a short field after a Christ Prep fumble deep in their own territory. The Falcons offense and their trio of elusive running backs struggled all night against a stingy Patriots defense. The Patriots defensive line held strong, giving the linebacking corp plenty of clear shots to stop runs before they materialized. The Falcons are most dangerous using their speedy backfield to sweep wide for big yards. Unfortunately for North Georgia, the Patriots used their own speed and discipline to shut down the Falcons big play opportunities. Frustrated on the ground, the Falcons took to the air, only to be picked off four times by Jones, Metzdorf, and Stamatis in a stifling Patriots defensive secondary. The Falcons only managed 95 total yards rushing, and their passing total was a paltry 9 yards.
The Christ Prep offense scored on four straight possessions to lead at half 28-0, and had their way with the Falcons defense all night long. The Patriots offense worked the passing game to perfection, keeping the North Georgia defenders on their heels and vulnerable to the run. With an attack that balanced both the air and the ground game, the Patriots racked up over 370 yards of total offense. Both the run and the pass averaged six yards per play. Josh Dawdy had his first touchdown reception with a 30-yard catch that left the North Georgia defense in his dust. The Patriots handled the offensive side of the ball so well that they never punted the ball.
With their win against North Georgia, Christ Prep advances to the National Homeschool Football Association championship final to face the defending champs, the Lighthouse Christian Chargers. The championship game against Lighthouse is the second meeting of these two formidable home school teams. The first contest, a homecoming game for the Chargers, ended with the Patriots on top 30-14.
- Josh Dawdy scored the first touchdown of his high school career.
- TJ Carver scored his first career high school touchdown.
- Cameron Blair had two tipped passes, both resulting in interceptions.
- Gabe Jones had two interceptions.
- The Patriots offense averaged 6.2 yards per carry, a season high.
View the game box score here.
Good news, Patriots fans! The National Homeschool Football Tournament will be available via live video streaming. For those of you unable to make the trip from Kansas City, here’s your chance to watch Christ Prep championship live action. The first game is at 7:00 PM CST on Thursday 11/20. The time for the second game has not been set. When NHFA sets a time, we will pass it along.
Christ Prep stands just two wins away from a National Homeschool Football Association championship. The Patriots drew the North Georgia Falcons for the tournament opener, which will be played on November 20th. A win against the Falcons means Christ Prep will face either the Virginia Disciples or Lighthouse Christian for the national championship.
After a strong 7-1 season, the Christ Prep Patriots are headed to the National Homeschool Football Championship ranked second in the nation. Despite graduating nine seniors last year, including four out of five interior offensive linemen, the 2014 Patriots have one of their best records in recent years. Included in the Christ Prep road to a championship shot is a big win over regional home school rival and defending national champ Lighthouse Christian.
The Patriots will first face the North Georgia Falcons on November 20th in what should prove to be an offensive shootout. A win against the Falcons will take Christ Prep to the national championship game against either the Virginia Disciples or Lighthouse Christian.
As snow and bitter cold bear down on the Kansas City Metro, the chance to play in the national home school tournament in Panama City Beach, FL is a true blessing. In addition to some great football against perennial homeschool powerhouses, the Patriots will spend some time on the beach, at the mall, and also find shoot some fun films for movie night.
After a hard fought year against strong 11-man opponents from across the region, the Christ Prep Patriots are just two wins away from a coveted home schoolfootball national championship. Let’s go Patriots! Bring back that trophy!
DREXEL, MO – The Christ Prep Patriots rolled over the host Drexel Bobcats 61-20 running their season record to 5-1 and setting up a show down with the Lighthouse Christian Chargers. The Patriots struggled to move the ball in the first half against a stingy Drexel defense. The patriots trailed the Bobcats 20-14 for much of the first half, but after a momentum-changing interception by Charlie Davis with just 30 seconds remaining before halftime, the Patriots scored to take the lead by one. In the 2nd half, the Patriots offense lit up the board scoring 40 straight unanswered points. Defense for the Patriots shut down the Bobcats previously successful running game while swatting down anything in the air. The Patriots were led by Tanner Metzdorf who threw for two scores, ran for 3 more, and a capped his performance with a defensive interception.
The Christ Prep Patriots are the only 11-man homeschool football program in the Kansas City Metro area.
OLATHE, KS – The #9 Tulsa NOAH Jaguars came into Olathe Northwest Highschool field looking to upset #2 Christ Prep, and for the most of the first half it looked like it might happen. But just before halftime Will Cook found receiver Ethan Moran open for the second time and 33 yards later the Jaguars lead was cut to 21-12 and this began a run of 31 unanswered points. Moran hauled in three catches for 117 yards and two TDs to keep the Patriots in the game.
The second half momentum shifted to Christ Prep early when the defense forced a punt and the Jaguars failed to down the ball. Patriot return man Chase Stamatis scooped up the ball and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown and cut the lead to 21-18. The Patriots remained focused and the Jaguars lost focus and ran up 133 yards of penalties and two players were ejected to end any hopes of an upset.
Still clinging to a 3 point lead the Jags were forced to punt on their next three possessions and the Patriots marched 80 yards and 64 yards for touchdowns by Tanner Metzdorf and Cook. Joe Dawdy converted the only successful point after touchdown for Christ Prep all day to make the score 32-21.
The Patriots tacked on another score from 54 yards out when Cook, at fullback of the I-formation, ran straight up the middle and found nothing but green turf in front of him.
Christ Prep finishes the regular season with a 7-1 record and now begin preparations for their trip to the National Homeschool Football Tournament in Panama City, FL.
- Cook threw for his second 100+ passing game on the season – and he’s the backup quarterback.
- Cook also lead the Patriots in rushing with 73 yards on 9 carries after having 0 yards on six carries at halftime.
- Stamatis had the first kick return for a TD of his career.
- Moran had his first 100+ yard receiving game of his career.
MANHATTAN, KS – The Christ Prep Junior High football team concluded one of their best seasons with a 30-0 shutout of the Manhattan Eagles on Friday night. But the game was much closer than the score would indicate. Coach Tom Hurley’s Patriots came out and struggled against the retooled Eagles and only managed a 6-0 lead at the half. This score came when Jacob Hansen hauled in a Grant Stamatis pass just before the break.
The second half was a different story as Trey Mastalsz anchored the defense which only allowed 4 yards after halftime. The offense found its grove and scored on all four possessions starting with a Riley Gilkeson 5 yd run to give CPA a 12-0 lead. Then Stamatis hit Colby Metzdorf for a 32 yard catch and run for another score.
In the 4th quarter Noah Olson jetted around the right side and scored on a 37 yard burst and then Wyatt French capped the scoring with a 20 yard TD run with 1:40 left in the game.
The JH Patriots ran their season record to 8-1-1 on the season after going 6-3 in 2013.
Olson scored his first TD of the season and finished the game as the second leading rusher on his only carry. Gilkeson lead all rushers with 43 yards.
Hansen had 3 receptions for 28 yards and a TD.
Only one ref showed up for the game and despite the lack of eyes the contest seemed to be played cleanly.
WILLARD, MO – The Lighthouse Christian Chargers road to defend their national championship got a little bit tougher after Christ Prep came to town and controlled the ballgame and secured a 30-14 victory. Junior quarterback Tanner Metzdorf led the team with 153 yards passing along with 114 yards on the ground and the Patriot defense smothered the Chargers vaunted rushing game to run their record to 6-1 on the season.
The Patriots hit paydirt with 4:00 minutes to go in the first quarter when Metzdorf found Ethan Moran in the endzone for a 7-0 lead. Then following a punt by the Chargers the Patriots drove to the 18 yardline and Gabe Jones nailed the 35 yard field goal to give Christ Prep 10-0 lead going into the half.
Lighthouse opened the second half with a 68 yard drive for a TD to make the score 10-7. CPA responded with back to back scoring drives with Chase Stamatis capping the first with a six yard run and then Will Cook grabbed a Metzdorf middle screen for an 8 yard TD reception. The Patriots validated their #2 national ranking in the NHFCS and cemented the win when Metzdorf scampered 39 yards and run the score to 30-7.
The Patriot run defense was stingy and then when Lighthouse turned to the air newcomer Darius Singletary picked off an Adam Davis pass and returned it 33 yards to end any hopes the Chargers had of getting back in the game.
Lighthouse scored a late touchdown on the Patriot reserves but played hard throughout. The Patriots and #4 ranked Chargers could meet again in Panama City, FL in mid-November.
Prior to the varsity game the Junior High teams faced off and played to a bitter 6-6 tie. Lighthouse scored in the 2nd quarter on a halfback pass but the Patriots, who have never beaten the Chargers in Junior High, fought back to score on a 10 yard pass from Grant Stamatis to Jacob Hansen. Then with time running out Colby Metzdorf picked off a Charger pass and returned it to the 5 yard line. Stamatis was stopped short twice as time expired. The JH Patriots ran their record to 7-1-1.
The Patriots move up to #2 in the national rankings after beating Drexel High 61-20 last Friday! We take on Springfield Lighthouse Christian Chargers this Saturday in Springfield. If the Patriots can hang onto their second-place ranking with a key win over Lighthouse, they’ll be playing for the national championship in Panama City, FL this year.
Check out the rankings here —-> http://www.nhfcs.org/nhfcs-blog/national-rankings-update-dvision-1
The Christ Prep Patriots are the only 11-man homeschool football program in the Kansas City Metro area.