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The Fort Bend Home School Chargers were easily one and done in the four-team field of the Division I (6 Man) playoffs of the Texas Association of Independent Athletic Organizations (TAIAO).
They lost to Fort Worth THESA 68-19. The Chargers’ 19 points came in the first half, but they were trailing by 23 points at halftime and 62-19 after three quarters. Their defense had trouble stopping the Riders’ rushing attack as they allowed 313 rushing yards for an average of 22.4 yards on 14 carries. The Riders’ Jared Hagen had 142 rushing yards on five carries and three of the team’s seven rushing touchdowns.
The Chargers played their best football in their first four games of the season. They had wins over Gospel Lighthouse Christian and BVCHEA HomeSchool and two quality wins over Mount Carmel Academy and Texas Christian. The Chargers beat Texas Christian, the champion of the Texas Christian Athletic League (TCAL) 6-Man I bracket, on the road 45-38.
The Chargers went 3-4 in their last seven games. The three wins came against Exel HomeSchool, Faith West Academy and Corpus Christi WINGS HomeSchool. The losses were rough ones to Alpha Omega Academy, Fort Worth THESA and Victory & Praise Christian Academy. They allowed an average of 74 points in those three losses and they were outscored 224-136.
The Chargers finished 7-4 after going 8-4, 10-3, 10-3 and 5-5-1 in their last four seasons.
Ethan Rodriguez, Cade Cook
Rodriguez was the Chargers’ best two-way player. He led the team with 99 tackles, 12 of which were tackles for loss. He also caught eight touchdown catches on 16 catches and 288 receiving yards. Rodriguez was also their best offensive lineman. His best games came against the best teams. He had five catches for 102 yards and three touchdowns along with 11 tackles against Texas Christian. And against Victory & Praise Christian Academy, Rodriguez had four catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns along with 15 tackles.
Grinestaff was the Chargers’ best running back as he ran 50 times for 363 yards and nine rushing touchdowns. Grinestaff will also be their best defensive player, as he had 82 tackles and led the team with 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He had a touchdown off a fumble recovery, a touchdown off an interception and a touchdown off a kickoff return.
Aaron was the top receiver as he led the team with 17 catches and 327 yards and had six touchdown catches. He also led the team with five interceptions and 15 passes defended. Two interceptions were returned for a touchdown. Aaron was also the leading kickoff returner and punt returner.
McComas scored multiple touchdowns as a running back and a wide receiver. He had five rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns. McComas also had 65 tackles.
The Chargers have shown consistent success over the last four seasons. The Chargers should have a winning record in 2017, although it feels like the team will more likely stay the same or go down to six wins as opposed to improving to eight wins. It’s normal to lose to quality teams, but it’s another to lose by at least 20 points multiple times.
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