Pioneers, Crusaders look strong

The Hood County area’s two private schools saw their first action against someone other than their own teammates this past weekend.

And coaches at North Central Texas Academy and Cornerstone liked what they saw as both teams swept their scrimmage opponents.


The Pioneers rolled over Dallas Tyler Street, scoring three touchdowns and surrendering one. They outscored Kerrville Out Lady of the Hills three TDs to none, and steamrolled Fort Worth Hill four scores to none.

“I was pleased with our first scrimmage,” said head coach Kirby Rasco, whose team returns three offensive and three defensive starters from a 10-2 season.

“We played pretty well on both sides of the ball.

“Tyler Street was big and physical, and we ran the ball on them consistently. We moved the ball well against Our Lady of the Hills as well.

“We had to replace our entire backfield, and I could not be more pleased with them after the first scrimmage.”


The Crusaders topped Watauga Harvest, the host of the scrimmage, three touchdowns to none in a controlled scrimmage featuring 10 offensive plays from each team.

They also posted a three touchdowns-to-one win over the Weatherford Express home school team. The Crusaders also had a touchdown called back in that scrimmage.

That was followed by two eight-minute quarters of game-type play. Cornerstone defeated Express 16-6 and Harvest 16-8.

“I played all 15 players that I took on defense and only nine players on offense,” said Cornerstone coach Bobby Johnson.

“We had a lot of stops.”

The Crusaders forced four turnovers.

“I felt like everybody contributed,” said Johnson. “Overall, I’m pumped.”

The Crusaders return five offensive and five defensive starters from last season’s 6-6 team that reached the second round of the Texas Christian Athletic League six-man Division II playoffs. They are switching to the Texas Christian Athletic Federation this season.

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