Saturday, November 20, 2021
TAPPS Division I Regional Playoff
6:00 PM Kickoff
Hugh Sandifer Stadium - Abilene, TX (Wylie High School)
Tickets: Cash at the gate, $10 Adults / $6 Students
Watch/Listen Live on the Mustang Network:
Midland Christian Mustangs (8-2 / 5-2 District)
Nolan Catholic Vikings (6-5 / 4-3 District)
9th All Time Meeting (Nolan leads 5-3)
Last Meeting- 9/17/21 (Nolan 48-28 *Forfeit*)
First Meeting- 1998 (Nolan 27-20)
Last MCS win- 2014 (Mustangs 23-20)
1st ever playoff meeting
The Game Earlier This Season
The Vikings came to Midland in the first district game on 9/17/21 and defeated the Mustangs 48-28. Nolan tallied 321 rushing yards & 5 TD in that game, and had 3 different players rush for over 90 yards and a TD. MCS turned the ball over 5 times, including back to back pick sixes in the 2nd quarter. The Mustangs outgained the Vikings 368 total yards (227 Rushing, 141 Passing) to 328 (Nolan only had 7 Passing Yards), and had 23 first downs compared to 12 by Nolan. That Nolan victory would be one of two district wins forfeited because of playing ineligible players against MCS and Bishop Lynch.
The Nolan Catholic Vikings are coming off a 49-0 first round playoff win vs Katy St. John XXIII. Nolan put up 43 points in the 1st half and held St. John scoreless for all 4 quarters. The Vikings outgained St. John 577 total yards to 55 yards. In October, Nolan Catholic was placed on probation by TAPPS but still allowed to compete in the playoffs. The school dismissed Athletic Director/Defensive Coordinator Jordan Hampton and placed Head Coach David Beaudin on indefinite suspension. Strength & Conditioning Coach K.J. Williams was named Interim Head Coach and has led the Vikings to a 4-1 record since the forfeits. Nolan has talented players all over the field and scores an average of 40 points per game. Most of the damage is done on the ground, with QB #1 T.J. Williams (84 Rush / 697 Yards / 10 TD), RB #20 DK Smittick (109 Rush / 754 Yards / 12 TD) and RB #22 Kewan Lacy (119 Rush / 1,123 Yards / 11 TD). The Vikings use another QB #10 Cole Matsuda who does most of the passing (86/140 for 1,238 Yards, 15 TD, 5 INT). The 3 leading WR are #6 Jaiden Burnett (38 Rec, 602 Yards, 7 TD), #3 Skyler Patterson (25 Rec, 341 Yds, 4 TD), and #13 Tre Parks-Vinson (18 Rec, 369 Yds, 4 TD). Their massive Defensive Line is a strength and dominated the line of scrimmage last week. The Vikings give up an average of 24 points per game.
Midland Christian had a first round playoff bye after securing the #2 Seed with a 42-7 road win over Bishop Lynch in the regular season finale. The Mustangs are averaging 36 points per game this season while allowing 21 points per game. The Mustangs will have OL Gyven Robinson, OL Cristian Ramos, WR Jack King, and CB Cam Smith back suited up for the blue & white. Dual Threat QB #3 Ryver Rodriguez powers the Midland Christian offense. The Senior Captain has totaled 3,025 yards (1,750 Passing, 1,275 Rushing) and 40 TD (26 Rushing, 14 Passing) in ten games. Ryver scored all 4 MCS Touchdowns in the first meeting against the Vikings. #9 Jack King (31 Rec, 430 Yds, 3 TD) and #4 Blake Pruitt (11 Rec, 234 Yds, 1 TD) lead the MCS receiving unit. #6 Nathaniel Brito (108 Rush, 664 Yds, 5 TD) and #24 Cole Gunter (16 Rush, 95 Yds, 1 TD) lead the RB group. On Defense, Senior MLB #13 Brody Dickson leads the team with 99 Tackles, 15 Tackles for Loss, 1 Interception, 2 Forced Fumbles, and 3 Pass Break Ups. Safeties #2 Tanner Carlisle (69 Tackles, 2 INT, 12 PBU, 3 FF, 2 TFL, 1 Kickoff Return TD) and #24 Cole Gunter (72 Tackles, 2 INT, 6 PBU, 1 TFL) anchor the secondary. Kicker #23 Gage Gunter is 38 / 39 on extra point attempts this season. Head Coach Greg McClendon has led Midland Christian to the playoffs in 22 of his 24 seasons and has won 7 State Championships. Coach Mac has an overall record of 205 Wins and 85 Losses and has a playoff record of 39-14. If the Mustangs defeat Nolan Catholic, they will play the winner of All Saints and Central Catholic in the State Semifinals next week.