For the second year in a row, the Pope John XXIII High School Lion Football team headed to the playoffs. With a strong varsity team led by a large, talented group of seniors, Pope John Football had a great regular season full of firsts, including their first victory over a public school team in 4A. Over the course of the season, the Lions earned a solid 7-2 overall record with a district record of 4-1, and the only in-district loss was a hard-fought battle against Second Baptist where they fell 16-13 in overtime. During the playoffs, the Lions beat San Antonio Christian, Holy Cross San Antonio, and Hyde Park Baptist in Austin to make it to the championship game.
During a cold, rescheduled championship game in Corsicana on Monday, December 9, the Lions played hard against defending champions Midland Christian. They held Midland Christian to only 28 points and scored 20 against them, the most any team had all season. While they were not victorious in their first state appearance, they showed the larger Midland Christian team what dedication and drive can do.
Senior quarterback Greyson Secades has played football for the Lions for three seasons and is excited for a second playoff appearance. When asked what he thought about having such a stellar senior year, he remarked, “I’ve been playing football my entire life. It’s nice to be on a winning team and bring new accomplishments to the school.”
The football team entered into playoffs at the top of the district. What set the Lions apart from the other teams in the playoff bracket? “It’s all about the team and our camaraderie,” Secades says. “We’re like a family and you can’t find that anywhere else.”