CARROLLTON -- Tyler Grace Community extended its TAPPS Division II, District II winning streak to three games Friday with a 28-6 win against Carrollton Prince of Peace.

Weather conditions were poor in Carrollton -- the game suffered three lightning delays -- so the Cougars had to lean on their defense. The unit answered the bell with three stops in the red zone.

Grace (7-1, 4-1) linebackers Drew Cotton and Josh Spitzer recovered fumbles in the victory. Cotton's recovery was one of the Cougars' three red zone stops and Spitzer's helped set up a scoring drive for a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.

Junior quarterback Christopher Wilhelmi is one of East Texas' most efficient passers, but he had to use his legs amid the rain. He ran for 156 yards and two scores while passing for a season-low 24 yards.

Wilhelmi's 1-yard run, set up by Spitzer's recovery on a fumble forced by Adam McKinney, held up as the game-winning play.

Mason Dacus got the ball rolling earlier in the second quarter with an 86-yard touchdown.

Wilhelmi ran in a 46-yard score in the fourth quarter for a 21-0 advantage.

After Prince of Peace (4-4, 2-3) cut the deficit to 21-6 on Alex Cantu's 65-yard score, Grace's Mason Dacus sealed the win with his own 48-yard touchdown.

The Cougars will host Dallas Shelton this week. Shelton picked up its first win of the year Friday against Tyler All Saints.

After Shelton, Grace will close its season with Tyler Bishop Gorman. The Crusaders were handed their first loss of the season Friday at Dallas Christian.

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