The Tomball Christian Warriors were the #2 ranked team heading into the NHFA tournament in Panama City, Florida. During their time there, they played two games. Both were tough losses that didn’t go the way they intended. The Warriors played the #3 ranked Georgia Force Blue Knights and the #4 ranked Lighthouse Christian Chargers. Both games showcased a defense that consistently created turnovers and scored twice. The offense had its struggles, but they were able to gain 236 rushing yards in two games, in addition to 241 passing yards. The Warriors had a chance to win both
games, but turnovers and penalties prevented them from scoring the necessary points. The trip to Florida ended in disappointment, but the Warriors ultimately proved that it takes a massive effort to win against them.
On Thursday, November 17, 2022, the Tomball Christian Warriors lost to the Georgia Force Blue Knights. The final score was 22-21. In the first quarter, the Warriors played two series on offense and two on defense. Georgia Force kicked off to WR/CB Jackson Resurreccion to begin the game. He returned the ball to his 25 yard line and the Warrior offense took the field. RB/OLB Caleb Harmon began the drive with a 6 yard run, but the offense wasn’t able to get a first down. After going three and out, they punted on 4th and 1 from their own 34 yard line. RB/DT/C Josiah Damiani tackled the returner at the 43 yard line. The Warrior defense started their series with TFLs by DE/DT Mark Haynes and DE/TE John Gill. Caleb Harmon also had two tackles for no gain. The Georgia Force offense only gained 13 yards and one first down on the drive and were forced to punt on 4th and 11 from their 44 yard line. Daniel Abraham returned the punt to his 12 yard line, but there was a penalty on the Warriors. The offense received possession at their 6 yard line. Daniel Abraham ran up the middle for 20 yards on first down. On the next play, there was a holding called on the Warriors and they were pushed back again. Jackson Resurreccion made an impressive catch on a low pass for 10 yards and moved the ball to the 23 yard line. On the next play, Daniel Abraham evaded several defenders for a 15 yard run that gave the Warriors 1st and 10 at their 38 yard line. Unfortunately, he was injured on the tackle. The shoulder injury affected him when he came back in on defense and he wasn’t able to finish the game or play against Lighthouse. With Daniel Abraham out, RB/MLB Conner Burke and MLB/TE Ezra Criswell were utilized more in the run game. K/WR/CB Ethan Rice and Jackson Resurreccion took his reps at cornerback. Daniel’s run was followed up by a 10 yard run by Ezra Criswell, but the drive was stalled by a sack, a short run, and an incomplete pass. Ethan Rice punted on 4th and 9 at his 47 yard line and the returner appeared to fumble the ball as he was being tackled. Jackson Resurreccion recovered it, but a penalty on the Warriors gave possession to Georgia Force. Ethan Rice punted again and it was downed by Jackson Resurreccion at the 22 yard line. The defense ended the first quarter with two
tackles at the line of scrimmage by John Gill and Caleb Harmon. The game was tied 0-0.
The second quarter consisted of three series on defense and four on offense. The Warriors had stopped Georgia Force on third down and they punted on 4th and 1 to begin the second quarter. WR/CB/SS Will Cseszko returned it to his 45 yard line and the offense returned to the field. Jackson
Resurreccion caught a 14 yard pass on 2nd down, followed immediately by an 11 yard rush by QB Drew Harrison. On 2nd and 9 at the Georgia Force 31 yard line, the Warriors were called for a holding penalty. The next play was an incomplete pass. The handoff was fumbled on 3rd and 24 at the 46 yard line, giving Georgia Force possession at the 50 yard line. Five plays into the drive, the Warriors were called for pass interference, giving the opponent 1st and 10 at the TCW 26 yard line. From there, the defense was able to hold them to a field goal attempt. It was no good and the Warriors got the ball at their 20 yard line. Caleb Harmon began the drive by plowing through the defense and breaking several tackles for an 18 yard run. The next play was another impressive run by Caleb, but it was called back due to a penalty on the Warriors. Daniel Abraham reentered the game for a short time with a 7 yard run, but it was the last contribution he would make on offense this season. He was sidelined with a shoulder injury for the rest of the Warriors’ time in Florida. Two incomplete passes followed Daniel’s run and brought the offense to 4th and 17 at their 31 yard line. Ethan Rice punted again and it was caught at the Georgia Force 40 yard line. The defense forced a three and out on the next drive. A 5 yard sack by Mark Haynes, a pass for no gain tackled by Ethan Rice, and an incomplete pass forced the offense to punt shortly after they took the field. Will Csesko returned the ball to his 45 yard line. The Warriors started their drive with 8 and 2 yard runs by Conner Burke; giving them a first down. The next play
was an incomplete pass. On third down, a pass that bounced off the intended target’s hands and was intercepted. The turnover gave Georgia Force possession at the Warriors’ 24 yard line. A penalty on the offense backed them up to the TCW 36 yard line. The Warriors gave up a 22 yard pass and were penalized for pass interference. This put the ball at the TCW 3 yard line. Garrett England had a 4 yard sack on the next play, followed by an incomplete pass defended by Will Cseszko. On fourth down, Georgia Force attempted another field goal. This time it was good and they led 3-0 with 0:16 left in the second quarter. They kicked off to Jackson Resurreccion, who downed the ball at his 8 yard line. The Warriors attempted one pass before they knelt to end the half. The score was 3-0 in favor of Georgia Force.
In the third quarter, the Warriors played two series on offense and three on defense. Ethan Rice kicked off to Georgia Force and Will Cseszko and DE Jeremiah Wilkins tackled the returner at his 21 yard line. Ethan made a tackle at the line of scrimmage on the first play of the series. A few plays later, CB/RB Anthony Carias picked off the quarterback and maneuvered through the offense for a touchdown. His pick-6 and Ethan Rice’s extra point put the Warriors ahead 7-3 with 10:34 remaining in the third quarter. Ethan kicked off and the returner evaded several Warriors. Ethan Rice saved a would- be touchdown when he tackled the returner at the TCW 25 yard line. An offsides penalty on the Warriors gave the opponent a fresh set of downs at the 11 yard line. Caleb Harmon and NG/DT/FB Joe Cassidy got into the backfield and tackled the running back for a 4 yard TFL. Unfortunately, another pass interference penalty on the Warriors gave the offense first and goal at the 5. They scored a 5 yard rushing touchdown on the next play. They were also successful on a 2 point attempt, which put them ahead 11-7 with 7:11 left in the third quarter. They kicked off to Jackson Resurreccion, who returned the ball to his 26 yard line. Caleb Harmon broke several tackles and had to be brought down by multiple defenders after a 22 yard rush. His run was followed by a 14 yard catch by a wide open Jackson Resurreccion. The Warriors now had the ball at the opponent’s 35 yard line. Two 11 yard runs by Conner Burke brought the ball to the 13 yard line. Ezra Criswell lined up as a receiver and came into motion to receive the handoff. He ran through the defensive line to score a 13 yard rushing touchdown on the next play. The extra point was good and the Warriors were ahead again. The score was 14-11 with 4:31 left in the quarter. Ethan Rice kicked off and the returner was tackled by Josiah Damiani at his 35 yard line. On 3rd and 13 at the 42 yard line, the Warriors were called for a personal foul. Two plays later, they jumped offsides. Once again, the defense was unable to get off the field because of a penalty. The penalties gave the offense 1st and 10 at the Warrior 14 yard line. Two incomplete passes and a 2 yard run tackled by Garrett England forced the offense to attempt a field goal. It was good and tied the game 14-14 with 0:40 left in the third quarter. Georgia Force kicked off to Jackson Resurreccion, who took the ball to the 25 yard line. To close out the third quarter, Jackson outran a defender for a 35 yard reception that gave the Warriors possession at the opponent’s 40 yard line. The score going into the fourth quarter was 14-14.
During the fourth quarter, the Warriors played three series on offense and two on defense. The second play of the quarter was a 14 yard catch and run by OLB/FB/RB Garrett England, which put the ball at the opponent’s 23 yard line. After that play, Caleb Harmon stiff-armed a defender on an
impressive 10 yard run. TE/FS Cameron Frank was wide open in the back of the end zone for an easy 6 yard touchdown reception. Ethan Rice kicked the extra point to put the Warriors up again. The score was 21-14 with 10:01 left in the fourth quarter. It was the last time the Warriors would score that evening. Ethan Rice was injured on the extra point attempt, so QB/K Caden Alderson kicked off in his place. Georgia Force got the ball at their 41 yard line. John Gill started the series with a 1 yard TFL, which Anthony Carias followed with a good tackle on a 2 yard pass. Garrett England tipped a pass on 3rd and 9 at the 42 yard line. After going three and out, the Georgia Force offense punted. The ball was downed at the Warrior 21 yard line. The fifteen play drive that followed featured only one pass attempt, which was incomplete. Conner Burke, Caleb Harmon, and Ezra Criswell were used at running back on the rest of the plays. Conner started strong with 13 and 8 yard runs that brought the ball to the Warrior 45 yard line. Ezra Criwsell followed it with a 6 yard run, and Caleb Harmon gained a first down on the next play with a 7 yard rush. It was 1st and 10 at the Georgia Force 36 yard line with 3:47 to go in the fourth quarter. Conner Burke had another 13 yard run to bring the ball to the 20 yard line. If they scored
on this drive, it would be a two score game and the Warriors would probably win. Unfortunately, the Warriors fumbled just after the two minute warning, giving Georgia Force the ball at their own 16 yard line. The TCW defense was unable to stop them from driving down the field to score. They began the series with a 6 yard run, followed by a 22 yard catch and run that gave them 1st and 10 at their 43 yard line. From there, Georgia Force had a 7 yard pass and an incomplete pass caused by Jeremiah Wilkins pressuring the quarterback. On 3rd and 3 at the 50 yard line, the Warriors jumped offsides. Immediately afterwards, they were called for pass interference. The penalties gave the opponent 1st and 10 at the Warrior 35 yard line. From there, a 17 yard pass brought them into the red zone, where they scored an 18 yard passing touchdown. Georgia Force decided to go for a two point conversion. Another penalty was called on TCW that moved the ball from the 2 yard line to the 1 yard line. The offense tried a quarterback sneak and the official signaled that he had entered the end zone. The score was now 22-21 in favor of Georgia Force. TCW had been trying to run out the clock on the previous drive, and it had worked. There was very little time left in the game. With 27 seconds left, Georgia Force kicked off to DE/WR/TE Luke Harrison, who returned the ball to his 43 yard line. The offense began the short series with a 28 yard pass to Ezra Criswell, giving them possession at the Georgia Force 29 yard line. Drew Harrison quickly spiked the ball and stopped the clock. The final plays of the game were both incomplete passes to double-covered receivers. In the middle of the second and last pass attempt, the clock ran out as Drew Harrison was avoiding pressure. When the second pass fell incomplete, it was over. The Warriors had lost a frustratingly close game by one point for the second time that season. Although the team had performed well, they weren’t able to overcome the penalties and turnovers. The Warriors lost 22-21.
Drew Harrison completed 6 of 18 passes for 115 yards, including a touchdown and an interception. His longest pass was for 35 yards and his quarterback rating was 51.9. The run game was dominant in this game with a total of 225 yards. Conner Burke led the team in rushing yards with 13
carries for a total of 79 yards. His longest run was for 13 yards. Caleb Harmon rushed 12 times for a total of 71 yards, with his longest run being 22 yards. Daniel Abraham had the third most rushing yards with a total of 42 yards on 3 carries. Ezra Criswell also had a 13 yard rushing touchdown. The 115 passing yards were contributed by four total receivers. Jackson Resurreccion led the team in receiving yards with a total of 73 on 4 catches. His longest reception was for 35 yards. Ezra Criswell had 1 reception for 28 yards. Garrett England had the third most receiving yards with 1 reception for 14 yards. Cameron Frank also had a 6 yard touchdown reception. The defense had 62 total tackles, including 8 TFLs. Caleb Harmon led the team in tackles with a total of 10, including 2 TFLs. Garrett England had 9 tackles with 1 TFL. Conner Burke and Mark Haynes tied for the third most tackles with a total of 7. Mark also had 2 TFLs. Ethan Rice and Jeremiah Wilkins tied for the fourth most with 5 tackles each, including a TFL by Jeremiah. Anthony Carias also returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown.
On Saturday, November 19, 2022, the Tomball Christian Warriors lost to the Lighthouse Christian Chargers. The final score was 13-7. The Warriors kicked off to begin the first quarter and John Gill pushed the returner out of bounds at the Lighthouse 19 yard line. The Warriors played only one series on offense and three on defense during the quarter. The first offensive drive by Lighthouse began with back to back penalties; one on each team. Next, the quarterback was pressured into two incomplete passes, bringing up 3rd and 22 at the Chargers’ 26 yard line. Another pass attempt was good
for 3 yards, thanks to a tackle by Caleb Harmon. Lighthouse punted from their 29 yard line and he returned the ball to the 50 yard line. The Warrior offense took the field. The three and out drive featured a run for no gain, a 4 yard pass to Jackson Resurreccion, and an incomplete pass. The drive ended with a punt from the Lighthouse 46 yard line. Ethan Rice’s excellent punt rolled to the Lighthouse 3 yard line, putting their offense in a tough position. They were able to move a bit farther from the end zone with a 10 yard pass. On 1st and 10 at their 13 yard line, the Chargers threw an incomplete pass that was followed by an offsides penalty on TCW. The next two plays were incomplete passes, including a near-interception by Anthony Carias. On 3rd and 5 at the 18 yard line, Will Cseszko intercepted an errant pass and evaded several tacklers for a pick 6. Ethan Rice kicked the extra point to put the Warriors ahead 7-0. He kicked off to Lighthouse and a penalty on the return pushed them back to their own 17 yard line. The Chargers’ offense started off strong; gaining two first downs in four plays and moving the ball to their 43 yard line. On their next rush attempt, Joe Cassidy got into the backfield for a 1 yard TFL. The Chargers passed on the next play, but Caleb Harmon and Anthony Carias wrapped up the
receiver for another 1 yard TFL. It was now 3rd and 12 at the Lighthouse 41 yard line. They were able to get a first down with a 17 yard pass. It was followed by a run for 2 yards tackled by Jeremiah Wilkins and a 10 yard penalty on Lighthouse. On 2nd and 18 at the 50 yard line, the Warrior defense
gave up a 27 yard pass to end the quarter. The score was 7-0.
In the second quarter, TCW played three series each on offense and defense. The Lighthouse offensive drive from the previous quarter continued with a QB scramble for 4 yards. A 10 yard touchdown run tied the game 7-7 with 10:33 left in the quarter. The Chargers kicked off to Jackson
Resurreccion, who returned the ball to his 26 yard line. A 19 yard pass to WR Josiah Stavinoha began the drive, followed by an 8 yard pass to Cameron Frank. Conner Burke had a run up the middle for 7 yards that gave the Warriors a first down at the Chargers’ 40 yard line. After an incomplete pass, Caleb Harmon also had a run for 7 yards. However, his next run was for no gain; bringing up 4th and 3 at the 33 yard line. Caleb easily converted it with a 15 yard run; breaking several tackles and stiff-arming a defensive back. Unfortunately, the next two rush attempts weren’t as successful. An incomplete pass brought up 4th and 11 at the 19 yard line. The Warriors prepared to kick a field goal, but a 5 yard penalty pushed them back to the 24 yard line. They decided not to attempt a field goal and tried a pass instead. The corner made a good play, the pass fell incomplete, and the Charger offense took the field. They weren’t out there for long. Their three and out began with a 3 yard run and an incomplete pass.
John Gill came off the edge and chased down the quarterback for a 7 yard sack. Lighthouse prepared to punt on 4th and 14 from their 20 yard line. Jeremiah Wilkins ran past a lineman and blocked the punt, which was recovered by John Gill. The offense now had the ball at the opponent’s 20 yard line. Unfortunately, they were only able to gain a single yard during the entire series. Two runs for 1 yard each, a 7 yard TFL, and a false start put the Warriors at 4th and 20 at the 30 yard line. Drew Harrison was strip sacked, but Reagan Zbylot was able to fall on the ball. The unsuccessful series ended with a turnover on downs. Fortunately for the Warriors, the Chargers were equally unsuccessful on their drive. They didn’t gain a yard as they went three and out. Lighthouse punted to Caleb Harmon from their 47 yard line and he returned the ball to his 20 yard line. The Warrior offense had one incomplete pass before Drew Harrison knelt to end the half. The score was 7-7.
The third quarter featured three Warrior series on offense and two on defense. To begin the second half, Lighthouse kicked off to Caleb Harmon, who took the ball to his 33 yard line. He started the drive with a 4 yard run. WR/SS Bryson Zyblot outran a defender and caught a 16 yard pass for a
Warrior first down. The ball was placed at the Lighthouse 47 yard line. On second down, Conner Burke caught an 11 yard pass. Caleb Harmon had an impressive run that would have gone over 10 yards, but it was called back due to an 11 yard penalty on the Warriors. Drew Harrison was sacked on 1st and 21 at the Chargers’ 45 yard line. It was followed by a run for no gain and an incomplete pass. The Warriors punted. T/MLB Payton Holland downed the ball at the Lighthouse 15 yard line. The series didn’t last long. It began with a 15 yard run, followed by a tackle at the line of scrimmage by Garrett England. On the next play, the running back was about 15 yards from the line of scrimmage when Caleb Harmon caught him. He made a diving tackle and brought him down as Garrett England hit him from the other side. The Charger fumbled immediately. The running back hit the ground along with the ball. Caleb quickly recovered the ball; giving the Warrior possession at the Lighthouse 46 yard line. A 4 yard run by Conner Burke and a 6 yard penalty on the defense gave them a first down at the 42 yard line. Drew Harrison threw a great 16 yard pass to John Gill on the next play for another first down. They now had the ball at the opponent’s 20 yard line. Unfortunately, after that play, the only positive yardage was a 4
yard run by Conner Burke. On 4th and 11 at the 21 yard line, Ethan Rice attempted a field goal, but it was no good. The Chargers got the ball at their 21 yard line. The drive began with an incomplete pass, a 15 yard penalty on the Warriors, a 14 yard penalty on the Chargers, and two more incomplete passes. On 3rd and 16 at the Lighthouse 29 yard line, Anthony Carias intercepted an underthrown pass, but it was called back due to a penalty on the Warriors. They forced the Chargers to punt on the next play with a 2 yard TFL by Garrett England. The punt was downed at the Warrior 6 yard line. On the first play of the drive, Caleb Harmon evaded a tackle and bulldozed a defender at the 50 yard line. His long run was cut short by a penalty on the Warriors. They had a first down at their 38 yard line. An incomplete pass was the last play of the quarter and the score was still 7-7.
In the fourth quarter, the Warriors played two series on offense and defense. Their drive from the last quarter continued with a false start penalty and a sack. They were followed by an incomplete pass and another penalty. On 4th and 30 at the TCW 18 yard line, the series ended with a punt. It was downed at the Warrior 48 yard line. A 10 yard run, a 15 yard penalty on TCW, a 15 yard pass, and another penalty brought the ball to the 1 yard line. The defense held for two plays: a tackle at the line of scrimmage by Caleb Harmon and a 3 yard TFL by Garrett England and John Gill. On 3rd and goal at the 4 yard line, the Chargers scored a rushing touchdown. However, the extra point was no good. The score was 13-7 with 6:02 left in the game. The Warriors had plenty of time to score a touchdown and take the lead if they made the extra point. On the kickoff, Jackson Resurreccion was only able to return the ball to his 7 yard line. The second play of the drive was a 24 yard catch and run by Caleb Harmon. It was followed by a 6 yard catch by Jackson Resurreccion and a 4 yard run by Caleb. The Warriors had a first down at their 41 yard line. Two incomplete passes and an 8 yard pass to Caleb Harmon brought up 4th and 3 at the TCW 47 yard line. The Warriors decided to go for it. Drew Harrison threw a 9 yard pass to a wide-open Conner Burke that gave them a fresh set of downs. A 5 yard pass to Ethan Rice brought the ball to the 38 yard line. The Warriors were moving the ball and it looked as though they might be able to score. On second down they tried a run, but weren’t able to gain a yard. The next play
was a heartbreaking interception with 1:03 left in the game. The Chargers knelt to run out the clock and the players lined up to shake hands. The final score was 13-7. The Warriors had fought hard but ultimately came up short. Like in the Georgia Force game, penalties and turnovers had kept them from victory; along with being unable to finish drives. However, they had been dominant on defense and had several long plays on offense. They gave their all in two close games and nearly won both of them. The season didn’t end the way they wanted it to, but the Warriors can be proud of the way they performed.
Against Lighthouse, Drew Harrison completed 11 of 23 passes for a total of 126 yards and an interception. His quarterback rating was 46.6. Caleb Harmon led the team in rushing yards with 21 on 12 carries. His longest run was for 15 yards. Conner Burke had 6 carries for 19 yards; his longest being for 7 yards. Garrett England led the team in receiving yards with 2 catches for 32 yards. Josiah Stavinoha had the second most with 1 catch for 19 yards. Cameron Frank had the third most receiving yards with 2 catches for 17 yards. Eight different receivers caught passes for a total of 126 passing yards.
The defense totaled 51 tackles, including 8 TFLs. Caleb Harmon led the team in tackles with a total of 8, including 1 TFLs. Anthony Carias and Joe Cassidy tied for the second most with 7 each, with Joe also having 2 TFLs and Anthony having 1. Reagan Zbylot, Garrett England, and Conner Burke
each had 5 tackles, including 2 TFLs by Garrettt. John Gill had the fourth most tackles with a total of 4, including 2 TFLs. Will Cseszko scored the only touchdown in the game with a pick six. Garrett England also caused a fumble that was recovered by Caleb Harmon. In addition, Jeremiah Wilkins
blocked a punt.