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After Disappointing 2017 Finals Loss, Bracken Christian Takes Home Gold

Bracken Christian School players and cheerleaders celebrate the TAPPS Six-Man Division II state title in Waco on December 6, 2018 (Photo from Bracken Christian School).

BULVERDE – Tucked away near the intersection of US 281 and Texas State Highway 46 is Bracken Christian School. It’s a school that you might not know much about, or even heard of, because of it being tucked away just off the main drag in Bulverde. But, go down Old Boerne Road and you will find a school with as much success in TAPPS six-man football as many others do in the area in 11-man.

After losing in the 2017 final to Waco Live Oak Classical School by 36, the closest win Live Oak had in the playoffs that year, Bracken Christian shutout Huntsville Alpha Omega Academy 50-0 last week to win the TAPPS Six-Man Division II title in Waco. The Warriors gave up just 17 yards to its opponent. In six-man, if you get two to three stops, you often will win.

It was the second state title for Bracken, after winning a title in 2010. Some of the players sat down to share their experience.

Presley Day (RB/LB): “Last year was our first time going to the game. We were excited about going to the game, the ride up, the hotel and the excitement of making it. This year, we didn’t focus on any of that because it didn’t matter until we brought it all back.”

Travis Wolf (QB/DB): “We knew a little bit better this year than last year, so we kind of had a little more experience. We had a better mindset going into the game to get the job done. I didn’t think it was hard to get into a groove. We knew what had to do, and we just played our game.”

Lucas McCrum (RB/CB): “We just played our game with the help of our defensive coordinator Levi Montgomery. We worked as a team and did the job. It came down to knowing what the other team runs and we executed it.”

Aiden Cantu (RB/DE): “We like to run the ball. We have the best running back in the state in Presley Day. You give him the ball, and he’s going to score most of the time. Our defense this year was amazing. It’s great for our school. It helps us grow and get our name out there.”

Hosea Stredic (fourth-year head coach): “You have to go back to my first year here. It’s a process. It’s the kids getting to know me and the system. They bought in to what we were doing. Last year, we made it to the state championship, but it was more of a surprise. Looking at the state championship week to week was more of a shock to us. I think the team we played was in the position we were last year. It was a shock to them to be there, and we took advantage of it. It was a business trip, but we enjoyed it. We didn’t take the fun out of the game. We still enjoyed it. As coaches, we were relaxed and not really stressed out about the game. We knew that if we went out and took care of our business, everything would fall into place.”

Don’t be surprised to see them back in the finals again in 2019, trying to defend their title.

For state championship photos, click here.

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