Brahmas cage Bulldogs, even record
Stockdale’s Colton West (7) tackles a Three Rivers ball carrier during the Brahmas’ 45-27 win over the visiting Bulldogs.
STOCKDALE -- After a disappointing loss in Poth the week prior, the Stockdale Brahma football team was looking to get back on track this past Friday, and did just that, as the team knocked off the visiting Three Rivers Bulldogs, 45-27.
The Brahmas struggled early in the game, as the offense turned the ball over with some measure of regularity. Fortunately, the defense held Three Rivers’ offense, and the damage done was minimal.
Stockdale put its first points on the board as Trevor Baumann scored with just under four minutes to play in the first quarter. Baumann pulled down a pass from Brahma quarterback Colton West that went for 30 yards and the touchdown. West kicked the extra point to make it 7 points for Stockdale. Three Rivers scored a touchdown of its own in the first quarter, though, and the teams were tied at 7-all going into the second quarter.
The Brahmas went on to add another 12 points in the second stanza. Baumann earned his second touchdown of the night on a 1-yard run from scrimmage, and then Cody Hastings earned another in the final seconds of the half by reeling in a 10-yard pass from West. The Brahmas were unable to convert on either point-after attempt, leaving them with 19 first-half points. The Bulldogs added another touchdown of their own in the second quarter, and the score stood at 19-14 when the teams headed for the locker rooms.
The Brahmas returned to the field in the second half and looked like a different team. Stockdale dominated Three Rivers, and then began to put points on the board.
The first Brahma touchdown of the second half was courtesy of Matt Valadez, as he found some running room and scored on a 25-yard sprint to the end zone. Baumann then added to the score less than a minute later with his 33-yard run across the goal line. West was able to help get a couple of the extra points back, as he ran in for the 2-point conversion.
With two and a half minutes remaining in the third quarter, Valadez put the Stockdale fans on their feet as he found a weakness in the Bulldog defense and ran 91 yards for a touchdown. The 2-point attempt was no good, but as the third quarter came to an end, it was Stockdale with a commanding 39-20 lead over Three Rivers.
The Brahmas added one final touchdown early in the fourth on a big 40-yard run from Baumann. Stockdale continued to struggle with extra-point conversions, but 45 points was more than enough for the win. The Bulldogs added a touchdown in the final quarter of play, but couldn’t come back against the Brahma defense. As time expired, it was Stockdale with the win, 45-27.
Valadez was the Brahmas’ leading rusher of the game with 145 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries. Baumann ran the ball nine times for 108 yards and three touchdowns, and West tacked on another 86 yards on seven carries. Dustin Mosier ran for 44 yards and Darion McMahan had 22 yards.
Baumann led the Stockdale receiving corps with 124 reception yards and a touchdown on seven catches. Hastings caught two passes for 24 yards and a touchdown.
With the dominating win at home, the Brahmas evened up their records at 1-1 in District 14-2A play, and 3-3 on the season.
Stockdale will travel to Karnes City this Friday, Oct. 7, to face their old coach and the Badgers. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.