The OCS Eagles traveled to Dallas Covenant on Saturday to take on the defending TAPPS six-man state champions. 

The first-year Eagles faced a junior and sophomore-laden Covenant JV squad, which provide quite a test for Ovilla Christian.

OCS fell into a big hole at halftime, but started to rally in the second half. Unfortunately the comeback bid fell short in the 54-29 loss.

“Playing the top program in TAPPS six-man, we knew we needed to execute. We didn’t settle down and do that until after the half,” OCS coach Greg Hayes said. “I’m proud of the way the guys played in the second half. We put some points up and our defense showed definite improvement as that game progressed.”

The Eagles started fast by returning the opening kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown, only to see the play called back on a questionable penalty. 

The momentum of the game swung Covenant’s way after that. OCS couldn’t score on its first two drives. 

After a half of play, Covenant led 32-0, despite Ovilla Christian piling up considerable yardage through the air, the end zone proved difficult to find for the Eagles.

After a spirited halftime break and a renewed focus on execution, the Eagles got their game together for the second half. OCS got on the board with a 35-yard pass from Trevor Fowler to running back Austin Thorn. Fowler also threw touchdown passes to Mitchell Todd for 40 yards and Matt Humphrey for 30 yards.

Fowler finished with 16 completions in 25 attempts for 263 yards three touchdowns and one interception.

The OCS comeback rally ended after a couple of Covenant scores, and Ovilla fell 54-29.

The leading rushers were Thorn with 46 yards and Fowler with 40 yards.

The leading receivers were Todd with five catches for 108 yards and a score, Thorn with four snags for 71 yards and a touchdown and Humphrey with three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.

The OCS defense showed improvement in their tight packages and were led by Humphrey and Zach Fitch with 10 tackles apiece. Griffin Glenn added eight tackles and Lucas Chester added seven tackles.

Fitch stood out on special teams as he returned a kickoff 58 yards for a touchdown. Thorn returned five kicks for 113 yards. 

Hayes loved the effort he got from his team and knows it has a lot of potential.

“It’s a learning process,” Hayes said. “Now, we need to put four quarters of focused effort in and I believe we can be a pretty good squad.”

OCS plays again at 7 p.m. Saturday versus Waco Vanguard at Avalon.