Last week in Waco, two teams met to play for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ (TAPPS) six-man football division final. The paths they took to get there couldn’t be more different.
For the Austin Veritas Defenders, a trip to the championship wasn’t unfamiliar. The South Austin private school has appeared in three of the last four state finals, losing last year to Dallas Lutheran.
The Lone Star North Tornadoes don’t have that pedigree. The school, formerly known as Gainesville State School, is one of two boys’ detention centers in the state and it’s the last stop for boys in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD). Gainesville’s athletes, all of whom were convicted of a felony, are nearing the end of their court-ordered time.