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Calvary adds a Texas powerhouse to tough schedule

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SHREVEPORT, La - The Shreveport-Bossier high school football scene is already set for a very special weekend in September when the Landers Battle on the Border takes place Friday September 12 and Saturday September 13th at Independence Stadium with six games, all matching teams from other states against Louisiana schools.

That Thursday night, September 11th is going to be extremely special as well as Calvary will be hosting a Texas private school powerhouse, Midland Christian.

"So it won't be with Battle on the Border,” says Calvary head coach John Bachman, “But it will be at our place on Thursday night, so you can come see that first and then you can go to Battle on the Border on Friday."

Assistant athletic director Clint Hortman did the legwork to bring the game together.  "The game itself helps us fill an opening with an out-of-state team that's won several state championships.  Their quarterback last year threw for 4800 yards.  They're a spread offense.  They like to chunk it.  We like to chunk it. So, it's going to be an exciting night for high school football fans."

While Calvary is coming off its state championship in Louisiana, Midland Christian is a three-time defending state champion in Texas.  Their quarterback, the coach's son Mason McClendon, is now at the University of Houston, but this will be a big step for them.  "I've been at Midland Christian for 16 years,” says head coach Greg McClendon. “And we've been climbing each and every year and becoming better and more consistent.  To me this is another stepping stone. Certainly we're going to step in and we don't know how deep the water is yet."

Hortman has an idea of what kind of team Calvary will be facing in September.  "From what I've gathered they're going to be moving up to Division One.  They're going to be playing in the top division in TAPPS.  They're very, they score 40, 50, 60 points a game, so it's going to take a great effort on our part."

Bachman agrees.   "It's going to be a great football game and I promise you, we're giving them the utmost amount of respect because they are a good football team.  You don't win state championships no matter what you're in and not be good. Not only especially in the state of Texas, but in Midland."

McClendon says his team will bring state pride as well.  "I don't think there's any doubt that when a Texas team crosses the border everybody gets their dander up because of the reputation of Texas high school football.  If you beat a Texas high school football team it seems to speak volumes."

 "At the end of the day you've got two really good football teams going against each other,” says Bachman. “ I don't know if it'll be whether they have the ball last or we have the ball last, whatever it is, but it should be a very exciting football game.  We're going to have to work our tails off to give ourselves a chance to win."

Calvary hopes scheduling will work next year so they too can be part of the Battle on the Border, but our area is in for a real treat that Thursday, then Friday and Saturday in the second week of September.
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