Topeka Veritas Christian's football team suffered another lopsided loss to Topeka Cair Paravel on Tuesday.
Unlike the team's first meeting, however, the Eagles seemed somewhat competitive to coach Doug Bennett - despite the 54-6 setback shorted to less than three quarters by the point-spread rule in the first round of the Kansas Christian Athletic Association playoffs.
"Our guys fought very hard," Bennett said. "When we played them in week two, the score wasn't much different. We were at least slowing them down this time. The first game, we didn't even slow them down, and this time we were able to move the ball a little bit."
Veritas (4-6) scored its only TD in the second quarter, a six-yard pass from Michael Kay to Jeremiah Johnson.
Kay, one of three seniors on the team, finished 11-for-16 for 73 yards. Defensively, senior Stephen May made 11 stops and was cited by Bennett.
"They're a good team," Bennett said of undefeated Cair Paravel. "They're just very sound fundamentally. They've got strong, mature kids, good athletes with speed. We were just overmatch tonight."
Despite the season-ending loss, Bennett was encouraged by the Eagles' showing this season.
"I'm pleased," he said. "We're young. We only have three seniors. We played four freshmen, but one was hurt in the first game. Two sophomores started, and we had two juniors who were first-year players. We made a lot of progress. The future looks bright."