Winning a high school football state championship is not an easy feat. Doing so when it is the school’s first year is even more difficult. But Harvest Christian Academy Lantana accomplished precisely that by beating Azle Christian 58-44 to win the 2020 Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship (TCAF) Division II Six-Man Football Championship.
Harvest Christian Academy (HCA) opened up their satellite campus in Lantana for the first time this fall. As a brand-new school, they were not only able to create a football team, but that football team was also able to pull together and win the state championship in November.
There are numerous challenges and obstacles for any new team, but offensive coordinator Jesse Erhart had a lot to say about the team’s hard work this season. He had been coaching football since 2003 at several private schools and brought a lot of experience to the team.
“The biggest challenge this year was providing a quality program with the limited resources of a first school, but God is faithful,” Erhart said. “We started with a pretty low number, but God kept bringing more players.”
The team had only one graduating senior. Even though they were young, they went 12-1 on the year on their way to the ultimate prize.
Jesse mentioned the contributors to the team’s success — Terry Caywood, head of HCA’s main campus, gave the team his unrelenting support with his dedication and faithfulness. Tena Mitchell, head of the HCA Lantana campus, was supportive and exemplified true leadership for the school and its students. Finally, Dustin Tarpley, the head coach and athletic director, led the effort to get the team up and running.
“We have so many leaders at every position. Our quarterback, Ethan Bishop, had a stellar year. Jaybryan Broussard led the league in total yards while playing running back and wide receiver,” Jesse said.
A team doesn’t stop after one championship, and HCA Lantana will have to look toward a repeat championship next year as they start playing against bigger schools in a larger division.
“This season will be hard to beat. However, we have our sights set on building on this season and only improving,” Jesse said.
photo of team & logo courtesy of Harvest Christian Academy – Lantana Campus Social Media Page