The Smoking For Jesus football team showed no rust in beating Johnson County Sports Association 45-0 Nov. 18 in its first postseason contest of the Texas Association of Independent Athletic Organizations. The game ended after two quarters.
The Eagles (6-5, 3-0 in district) will host the winner of Bulverde Gloria Deo Academy and Stephenville Faith Academy next week. Gloria Deo and Stephenville Faith play Saturday, Nov. 19.
Smoking For Jesus head coach Charles Frazier couldn’t commend his players enough for their play.
“We tell our boys we have to take it to another level,” he said. “At our game-day breakfast devotional, I told them their attitude determined their altitude. Their play was on point.”
Senior quarterback Isaac Legier and senior Jonathan Frazier heard their coach clearly. The two combined for 3 touchdowns passes that were more than 40 yards each. Legier also threw a long touchdown pass to junior Efrain Aviles, III. Rushing touchdowns came from junior Connor Kitchens, sophomore Benjamin Frazier and Legier.
“Isaac and Jonathan were locked in,” the coach said. “It was like watching (former Minnesota teammates Daunte) Culpepper and Randy Moss. It was a sight to see.”
Defensively, coordinator Boo Maxwell had the Eagles equally locked in, Frazier said.
“Those boys weren’t giving up anything,” he said. “They were suffocating those dudes. They had two first downs the whole game. They were getting the calls and blitzing, they were communicating with one another. It was awesome to see.”
The two-week layoff didn’t bother the Eagles. Frazier said they practiced every other day to ensure the players stayed sharp for the postseason.
“They were a well-oiled machine,” he said. “I really hope (this shutout win) sends a strong message. We’re not big but we have speed. You’re going to have to catch us in order to beat us. It was awesome to see. Everybody had a good game.”
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