The McKinney Christian Academy football team has been one of the biggest surprises in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools this season.
After starting the season off 1-4, the Mustangs calmly rebounded and got their act together by winning all five of their district games in blowout fashion to bring home the first district title in school history. In qualifying for the playoffs, the McKinney Christian campus was filled with nothing but smiles and a sense of accomplishment last week leading up to Saturday’s home game against The Woodlands Christian which they won 49-7
“It’s exciting. It’s been a great year for us since this is the first time we won the district championship. We have been coaching a lot of these boys since they were little and we had high expectations of them heading in to the year,” said Rodney Doyle, McKinney Christian head coach. “Scheduling a difficult non-district schedule paid off as we went undefeated in district, so everyone at this school is very excited.”
The team is built around a core group of seven seniors and one junior who have been together since third grade. Most of those players are now in their final hurrah, but behind a strong work ethic and commitment, they’re making Doyle’s vision a reality while putting an exclamation point on their outstanding legacies which have laid the foundation of success for future Mustangs to follow.
“It feels real great to be in this position understanding how much the guys before me put in, but came up short knowing they did it for us behind them,” said Jess Williams, McKinney Christian senior. “Knowing that my senior year I was privileged enough to be on the first to win district and the first to be able to beat First Baptist and to be able to work with these guys and see our hard work pay off is very a good feeling.”
McKinney Christian’s explosive offense has been the key to their district success. In their five district wins, the Mustangs averaged 51 points per game while scoring at 42 points per game on the season.
Senior quarterback Jackson Brock is the man running the show of the Mustangs and is in the middle of the best season in school history. The dual-threat quarterback not only became the school’s all-time leading passer this season but has thrown for 2,015 yards and 24 touchdowns along with rushing for 1,221 yards and 18 touchdowns while leading the Mustangs in both categories.
“It’s definitely humbling, but it’s not one man’s effort because we also have great guys up front who have been putting in a lot of work in the off-season,” Brock said. “We have great skill guys that can catch everything I throw to them which makes my job easy and things are certainly not a one-person effort.”
Despite the team’s improbable rise to prominence, McKinney Christian offensive coordinator Chance Gray knew how good the offensive unit was before it began this streak of impressive performances.
“Our skill is second to none in the state,” Gray said. “We’ve got a great quarterback who leads by action and example first, and can run and pass. So the defense has to account for him all over the field and that makes us lethal and gives me a lot of options as a play-caller. I trust that those guys will execute whatever I call.”