Warriors win national homeschool football title

Warriors win national homeschool football title
From left, Warriors and Kings coaches and players Philip Wilkins, Kaden Goodie, Laurence Sentmanat, Owen Wilkins, Luke Harrison, Drew Harrison, and Corey Goodie celebrate after the Warriors won the National Homeschool Football Tournament Saturday, November 18, 2023 in Panama City Beach FL.

The Division I championship trophy from the National Homeschool Football Tournament is coming home to Tomball for the first time, after the Tomball Christian Warriors swept their semifinal and final contests last week at Tommy Oliver Stadium in Panama City Beach FL.

The Warriors entered the tournament as the fourth seed in the top division, setting up a semifinal contest with last year's tournament champion from Tulsa, the NOAH Jaguars. In order to play for the championship, the Warriors first needed to dispatch the top-seeded Jaguars. They did exactly that on Thursday, defeating the Jaguars 23-9.

Thursday's game was in doubt until the second half, as the Warriors and the Jaguars entered the locker room knotted at 9-9. But the Warriors used a stifling defense and power running game in the second half to shut out the Jaguars, while adding a two-touchdown victory margin.

Thursday's win set up Saturday's championship bout with Christ Prep Academy, who entered the tournament as the second seed. In their Thursday semifinal, Christ Prep blasted the third-seeded Oklahoma City Patriots by a score of 35-0.

Those would be the last points Christ Prep would score in the tournament, however. In Saturday's championship game, the Warriors shut out Christ Prep 17-0 to win the tournament title.

The Kings congratulate their Warriors homeschool brothers on their championship season, and are proud to have had Kings players Drew Harrison, Owen Wilkins, Luke Harrison, Laurence Sentmanat, and Kaden Goodie, as well as coaches Philip Wilkins and Corey Goodie, contributing to the successful football season.

The Kings also congratulate Warriors running back Caleb Harmon, who was recognized as the tournament's most valuable player, and head coach Skeet Alderson, who led the Warriors to their first championship in his inaugural season.

The Warriors will lose Harman and starting quarterback Drew Harrison to graduation, but still have the talent to contend for a second championship next year.