Ever since a 37-16 loss to Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill back on Oct. 26, Dallas Christian had been hoping for another shot.
The rematch was not meant to be.
Fort Worth Christian raced to a 20-3 halftime lead and made that advantage stand up until the end in a 27-10 victory on Saturday in a TAPPS Division II state quarterfinal game at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl in Grand Prairie.
The Cardinals (9-3) move on to the state semifinals where they will face undefeated and defending state champion Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill (12-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday back at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl.
The Chargers (10-2) were without the services of do-everything sophomore TJ King and it showed on offense, where they struggled to move the ball.
Still, the defense allowed them to hang within striking distance.
Fort Worth Christian struck first when Tyler Knoop broke free for a 70-yard touchdown run, but Dallas Christian closed it to 7-3 after a field goal from Preston Johnson.
The Cardinals achieved a little bit of breathing room in the second quarter, as Jack Feray had a pair of short touchdown runs to push the advantage to 20-3 at the break.
The Chargers finally found the end zone when Nate Hayden threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Fred Brown to cut it to 20-10, but that was all Fort Worth Christian would allow, as they shut out Dallas Christian in the fourth quarter and Patton Polk’s touchdown run late put it away.