Baytown Christian already has gone to battle with Summit Christian Academy in this year’s edition of the 2019 TAPPS six-man football Division III playoffs and come away with a split.
The win comes via being able to play the teams’ state quarterfinal game at Bryan’s Allen Academy field, the loss by way of playing this game 7 p.m. Saturday.
However, the big decision still to be had is if the defending state champion BCA Bulldogs (9-0), currently carrying a 23-game win streak, can get past Summit Christian and make it one step closer to potentially winning a third state title in four years.
Summit Christian, (8-3) out of Cedar Park, got here by virtue of a 72-32 first round win over Trinity School of Texas.
The Bulldogs beat the Eagles last year in this same round, 80-30.
“There was a lot of jibber jabber and they were pretty chippy,” BCA head coach Jeromey Anderson said. “They will be coming in pretty heated because we dominated last year, and they were a good team last year. I don’t think they are as good as what they were. They are not near as physical. Our kids are going to punch you in the mouth. The physicality is where we are banging heads every day, we are healthy and so that will make a difference.”
The Eagles are now more of a running team after losing a strong quarterback-receiver combo from a year ago.
“It’s more of a spread team this year,” Anderson said. “We have plenty of speed to be able to contain their offense.”
The two teams met at Bryan Allen in last year’s playoff.
“Nobody wants to play us there are at all anymore because we play so well there,” Anderson said. “They also wanted to play Saturday and that shortens the week before a bigger game for us, by losing Saturday and with the Thanksgiving holiday. He could only play Saturday, so we are in College Station.
“It is so easy there. It’s two hours door to door. You tell them we want the field that day and they have a chain crew, announcers and I don’t have to mess with anything.”
The Bulldogs play once again after a third off week this year, this time due to receiving a first-round bye.
“We have plenty of time to prepare for an opponent, but then you have that Friday night off where you aren’t hitting anybody,” Anderson said. “We’ve been tried and tested with that this year and we know how to deal with it and keep our kids focused.”
This year’s roster is feeling strong about this season, one which includes a predominantly BCA squad built from within that’s without many transfers that traditionally have dotted the roster.
“It’s really satisfying for us because in the beginning of the year we talked about having to prove ourselves,” running back Colton Anderson said. “Most of our players are homegrown, young and haven’t had much playing time in the past. It’s rewarding having proved ourselves and being undefeated so far. I’m not surprised by this because I know what our team is worth and what we could do together. We have a lot of talent this year.”
It’s a Bulldog that has created its own identity behind a team effort full of players earning their own respect.
“I feel like we are defined as a bunch of role players and we all stepped up,” Colton Anderson said. “No one really has to carry the team.”
BCA knows what it has to do to make good work of this matchup.
“We want to come out and get plenty of leverage to keep them on their heels,” coach Anderson said.