Pioneers stumble against No. 1 WFND

The North Central Texas Academy Pioneers started strong, but top-ranked Wichita Falls Notre Dame finished stronger in a 76-26 victory in both teams’ Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Six-Man Division II District 3 opener Friday night.

The Pioneers (2-4 overall) are ranked second in the state in their division by, largely because they have played arguably the toughest schedule in the state at that level. Notre Dame (6-0) is No. 1.

NCTA jumped out to a 14-0 lead. Then, Notre Dame had a couple of pick-6s.

“Things kind of snowballed from there,” said NCTA coach Kirby Rasco. “We moved the football all night, but turnovers killed us.

“Their spreadback is very good and we had trouble containing him. He got on a roll.”

The game was called in the third quarter because of six-man football’s 45-point mercy rule.

Jared Dodson threw for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Drayton Williams’ only pass went for a 45-yard TD.

“Our goal is to win out, take care of our business, and try to see them again in the (state) semifinals,” said Rasco.


NCTA 20 6 0 – 26

WFND 38 24 14 – 76

(game was called in third quarter)

NCTA leaders


Rushing – Drayton Williams 5-34; Tyler Hoskins 3-21; Elias Demissie 3-15, TD.

Passing – Jared Dodson 7-13-2, 167 yards, 2 TDs; Williams 1-1-0, 45 yards, TD.


Tackles – Cale Dodson 5, J. Dodson 4, Demissie 4, Williams 4.