Christ Preparatory Academy: national champion.
That has a nice ring to it for the players and coaches on the Christ Prep roster, and it’s true: the Lenexa, Kan., team known as the Patriots won two games in Atlanta recently to lay claim to the program’s first National Homeschool Football Association national championship.
After finishing the regular season 10-2 playing a schedule around Kansas and Missouri, Christ Prep beat Tomball (Texas) Christian 10-3 in an overtime semifinal and Landmark Christian of Cincinnati 21-0 in the title game at North Cobb High in Georgia.
Coached by Tom Hurley, Christ Prep finished the season 11-2 and was the top-seeded team entering the tournament for high school-aged players. Noah Blair, who played quarterback and cornerback for the Patriots and scored twice in the finale, was named the event’s MVP; Grant Gilkeson, Connor Hurley, Perizam Maas and Ewan Cornstubble were named NHFA All-Stars.
Lest anyone think they aren’t playing serious football at Christ Prep, the Patriots have a pretty strong tradition of turning out difference-making players in the region. Graduates of the program have advanced to compete at the likes of Kansas State, Pitt State, William Jewell and Mid-America Nazarene.