Dallas Cowboys legendary tight finish Jason Witten took the helm of Liberty Christian (Argyle, Texas) as head coach in 2021, seeking to enhance a program that simply got here off a 2-7 season. Two years later, the highschool is eyeing an undefeated season because it enters the semifinals with a document of 12-0.
Liberty Christian took down 9-2 Grace Neighborhood (Tyler, Texas) by a rating of 56-7 on Friday behind the working of Chase Garnett, who had 95 speeding yards and 4 touchdowns on solely 9 carries (all within the first half), and a protection that held the sturdy Grace working recreation to detrimental yardage. Coming into the sport, Grace averaged almost 230 yards on the bottom per recreation, in accordance with the Fort Value Star-Telegram; on Friday evening, the staff recorded detrimental 39 yards.
With 12 wins on the yr, Liberty Christian has skilled an enormous turnaround since Witten’s first yr on the job, when the staff had its second two-win season in a row.
On the heels of these seasons, the staff was relegated from the Texas Affiliation of Personal and Parochial Colleges (TAPPS) Division I to Div. II earlier than the 2022 season, in accordance with USA TODAY. The Warriors bounced again with 10 wins and reached the quarterfinals, setting the stage for the expansion this yr.
By means of the semifinals, the staff is averaging greater than 51 factors per recreation whereas permitting simply 4 factors per recreation. The protection has pitched 5 shutouts and allowed greater than 13 factors solely as soon as.
Each of Witten’s sons play vital roles on protection. In keeping with MaxPreps, junior linebacker C.J. Witten leads the staff in tackles and sacks. On the identical time, freshman defensive again Cooper Witten entered the sport over the weekend with 53 tackles, three blocked area targets and two interceptions.
Witten talked to the Star-Telegram about C.J. in August, saying, “I’m not there to carry his hand, however on the identical time, it’s simply been very rewarding to see him develop and change into a frontrunner and achieve confidence.”
In keeping with USA TODAY, the win on Friday gave Liberty Christian probably the most wins it has had in a season because it went 12-1 with a championship in 2007.
Up subsequent is a recreation vs. 9-2 All Saints (Fort Value, Texas). If the Warriors can take that, they’ll get previous the wins mark of that 2007 staff — however they received’t be glad until they will full the season with 14 wins and a trophy.