The Monte Vista Christian School football team is scheduled to play at Trinity Christian School (Cedar Hill) in Cedar Hill, Texas, on Sept. 11.
The varsity will play at 7:30 p.m., and the JV — yes, the JV is going, too — will play at 5 p.m.
Last year, Trinity Christian went 13-1 and won the TAPPS Division III State Championship. According to MaxPreps, the Tigers had 44 players on their roster a year ago and graduated 15, including Jon Cole (1,113 yards receiving, 18 TDs; 603 yards rushing, 8 TDs).
Still, Trinity Christian is expected to return plenty, including QB Malachi Broadnax (1,877 yards, 24 TDs, 13 INTs), and RBs Reggie Hicks (817 yards, 10 TDs) and Isaiah Davis (783 yards, 8 TDs).
MVC coach David Reese said the game is a one-year deal (Trinity Christian will not be coming to Watsonville in 2016). He also said MVC looked at playing a game in Texas last season but it didn’t pan out.
Reese said Trinity Christian had an opening in its schedule this upcoming season after another out-of-state team was unable to compete. Enter: MVC.
“They won state last year and they return a lot,” Reese said. “They’re going to be good.”
Intriguing note: Trinity Christian is the first school at which Reese coached. It’s also the school at which Reese met Steve Sharp, now the headmaster at MVC.
Reese said he started there around the late 1990s, coaching the JV one year before moving up to the varsity. Shortly after, he was at Grace Prep in Arlington, Texas — where Reese won five 4A state titles — before coming to MVC.
Reese said the plan is to depart Thursday, play Friday and leave either Saturday evening or Sunday morning. The details are still being worked out.
One other note: Reese said his son, Chris Reese, who took over the offensive coordinator duties late last season, will be the team’s OC this upcoming season.
“He had that role at the end of last season and he’ll stay in that position,” Reese said.