Good luck to our Crusader Football team as they play the Dallas Parish Episcopal Panthers (7-3 Overall, 4-0 District) on Friday, Nov. 17th at 6 pm in Dallas.
Concordia’s Football team has had a wonderful 2023 season when they opened the year with a 6-0 start before a difficult district season. After the regular season, the Crusaders were 7-3 Overall (1-3 District) and finished 4th in TAPPS 6A District II.
In the first round of playoffs, Concordia hosted Fort Worth Nolan Catholic in a playoff game. Since moving up to TAPPS’ highest division a little over a decade ago, the Crusaders had not won a home playoff game until Nov. 10th when Concordia won 57-33!
Concordia has a balanced offensive attack with 18 total rushing TDs and 17 passing TDs. The team averages 176 yards through the air and 141 yards on the ground for a total of 317 yards per game. The team has committed only 1.5 turnovers / game and had a 38% 3rd down efficiency with almost 40% success on 4th down.
On the season, the Crusader have had many strong individuals leading the offense and defense while dealing with the injury bug before and during the season. QB Tanner Huckfelt ’25 has led the air attack with 1,710 yards, 17 TDs, 4 INTs, while completing 57% of his passes.
10 different receivers have caught at least 2 passes with the team leader being WR Reece Cutrer ’24 with 21 receptions for 575 yards and 7 TDs. R. Cutrer leads the team with 27.4 yards/catch, 63.9 yards/game, and is tied for the longest offensive play of the season with a 68-yard reception.
On the ground, RB/WR Cole Chance ’24 leads the team with 718 yards on 148 carries (4.85 yards/attempt and 71.8 yards/game) and 9 TDs. RB/WR Lou Lamar ’24 has 301 yards on the ground and averages almost 10 yards per carry and is tied for the longest offensive play of the season with Cutrer with a 68 yard rush. Lamar is third on the team in total TDs with 6 (4 rushing and 2 receiving)
Other impactful offensive players have included RB Matthew Garza ’24, WR/RB Mason Dominy ’25, WR Noah Castillo ’25, WR/RB Ethan Beazley ’26, and LB/TE Luken Koehn ’25 who has 3 receiving TDs in 4 catches. Also, major shout out to the offensive line for only allowing 6 sacks on the season!
For the defense, Concordia has many impact players that have contributed over the course of the year. DE Jayden Noack ’24 leads the Crusaders with 73 tackles with Koehn close behind with 70 tackles and 2 INTs. DL Ben Hubenak ’24 brings havoc to the backfield with his team-leading 11 sacks and 46 tackles. DB Dayton Navy ’26 leads the secondary with 40 tackles, 2 INTs, and a pick-six. DL Carter Reynard ’24 has 63 tackles including 7 for loss.
The team has forced 13 fumbles, 20 sacks, 6 INTs, and 3 TDs and held opponents to 132 passing yards per game.
The Crusaders will need to have a great blend of strong defense as well as offensive balance to push through to their first State Final Four since 2011.
To learn more about the Football program at Concordia, visit www.sadernationtx.com/football