30 in 15: Sainte-Croix full of hope for its new future in TAPPS

MIDLAND, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) – In its third football season and fourth year since the school opened, Holy Cross has joined the sports league of the Texas Association of Private and Parish Schools (TAPPS ).

In his previous two seasons, the Crusaders had played an independent schedule consisting of several junior varsity matchups.

Now Holy Cross will compete in an organized district and have the option of having a post-season.

“We are very lucky to be in TAPPS. That was one of our goals, to be able to provide that for our athletes,” said head coach and athletic director Fernando Ochoa. “It’s a blessing for them to be able to experience what all high schoolers experience in athletics.”

They enter TAPPS as a six-man Division III team. Crusaders were placed in District 1 with Christ the King Diocesan (Lubbock), Kingdom Prep (Lubbock), Wichita Christian School (Wichita Falls) and Holy Cross Catholic Academy (Amarillo).

The team itself has solid numbers for its novelty. 16 players make up the Crusader team, including five seniors and eight freshmen. This is Holy Cross’ first season with a senior class.

Ochoa said the team will emphasize their running game, as usual for six-man teams, but will also be creative and use wide attacking formations to also give Crusaders a chance in the tunes.

“We are finally at our first senior class. It’s year number four, so we have a great little senior class, great leadership. We have a lot of subclasses with experience so this is by far the biggest squad we’ve had,” Ochoa said.

The move to TAPPS is a big step for Holy Cross, not just for the athletic department itself, but for the level of competition overall.

Ochoa is aware of the challenge in front of the crusaders, but sees a lot more positives than negatives.

“The level of competition, as I said for us, will be something we are ready for, but we also know that we will have our hands full with some teams that we will see later,” Ochoa said.

Adding to the excitement of competing in a new league, Holy Cross have an exciting first game in the TAPPS league as they open their season close to home against intercity rival Midland Trinity. Trinity is the only other six-man program at Midland.

“It’s exciting to have two schools in Midland, Texas. Only two six-man programs at Midland to actually start your season on Friday. So very excited to be able to play Midland Trinity,” Ochoa said.

The Crusaders and Chargers kick off their season Friday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity.


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