Legacy Christian Eagles (1-2) @ Colleyville Covenant (1-2)—Pennington Field
The last time the Covenant Cougars and the Legacy Christian Eagles met, both teams combined for over 1,000 yards of total offense.
And with the Cougars ultimately winning that slugfest 58-27, Legacy Christian will be looking to return to the left side of the ledger.
This season though, both teams are quite different as many stars from both rosters have moved on to the next level.
Gone from LCA’s attack is former standout RB/LB Chase Eisenmann, who is now toting the rock for Howard Payne University. And the Covenant Cougars graduated many of their playmakers, such as QB Josh Stith, who took his team all the way to the TAPPS III State Championship Game in 2016.
The Cougars best all-around player this season was involved in last year’s win, but mainly in an ancillary role. RB Alan Maldonado (474 yds, 7 TDs) has blossomed into a beast as he has put up 569 yds of total offense thus far.
Legacy Christian counters with QB Kaleb Lowe (493 yds, 4 TDs, 3 INTs) a good passer who is also an astute runner, as his 195 yds and a TD can attest. In the air, Lowe’s favorite target is the speedy Jonathan Mosley (205 yds, TD), who runs routes well and is quite capable of disrupting a secondary.
Both teams sit at 1-2, and it can be argued that Legacy’s current record is of the tough luck variety. Their lone win a Week 2 blowout against an overmatched Conrad, where the offense dominated and the defense pitching a shutout.
In the Eagles big win against Conrad, they dominated via the rush, putting down 250 yards, while tapping the breaks on their aerial assault, with just 113 yards, their fewest on the young year.
But hey, you can’t argue with 54 points of offense coupled with a defense that allowed just 44 total yards against that woozy Conrad offense. Also of note in their two losses, LCA was quite susceptible to the running game. In their season-opening loss to JPIII, their defense was abused for 253 yards on the ground, whereas last week against Lindsay, they were lit up for 265 rushing yards.
So it stands to reason that during their matchup against Covenant this weekend, it’s of chief importance for the Eagles to focus on corralling the Cougars dual-threat QB Jackson Wagoner.
An adept runner, Wagoner is at his best when he finds receivers open, with WR Merrick McHenry (166, TD) supplying most of the damage. That being said, Wagoner has managed 111 yds on the ground with a score; however, his team’s best weapon is the aforementioned Maldonado, who must be stopped by the Eagles d-line and its edge rushers, lest he run rampant.
Unlike Legacy thus far, the Cougars have been on the wrong end of a blowout, when they were scorched 47-7 by Irving Cistercian and their Spread Offense.
Although the Eagles do boast a dynamic pass catcher in WR Jonathan Mosley (208 yds, TD), they lack the receiving core depth of Irving Cistercian, so a game plan that gets the running game going and a defensive front that focuses on run-stopping as well as edge rushing, could pay big dividends on a Legacy Christian club not only looking to avenge last year’s loss, but to notch their first road win of the young season.