You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.
Brahmas look strong in season-opening win
Brahma junior running back Matt Valadez fights off a Cole tackler en route to his 127-yard rushing performance last Friday night in Stockdale.
Cole 6, Stockdale 37
STOCKDALE -- Behind the play of its tenacious defense and spirited running game, the Stockdale Brahma varsity football team earned a convincing win over the Cole Cougars here last Friday night.
Stockdale welcomed Cole Aug. 31 for the first game of the 2012 season. The Brahmas won the opening toss and elected to receive the ball, then spent little time working their way down the field. After starting at their own 42-yard line, the Brahmas needed just one play to cross midfield, and immediately found themselves at the Cole 42.
The Brahma running game moved the ball seemingly at will, but the drive came to an abrupt end when a Stockdale fumble put the ball into the Cougars’ hands at their own 13-yard line. Two plays later, however, the Brahma defense returned the favor, falling on a loose ball to return possession to Stockdale. Junior running back Matt Valadez needed just one play, and scored the Brahmas’ first touchdown of the game from 11 yards out. The kick from Quest Garza was good, and Stockdale led 7-0 early in the first.
Cole’s struggles to hold onto the ball continued on the ensuing kickoff, and Stockdale recovered the ball at the Cole 20-yard line. The Cougar defense managed to stop the Brahma offense from advancing, though, and took over on downs from its own 15.
The Stockdale defense once again shut Cole down, and the Cougars were forced to punt after three downs with no gains. Unfortunately, a roughing-the-kicker call went against Stockdale, and Cole was given another opportunity with a fresh set of downs from the 30-yard line. Two plays later, a big passing play moved the Cougars down to the Stockdale 30. A few plays later, Cole scored its first touchdown on a 20-yard run over the right side. The Cougars had to move their extra-point attempt back 5 yards due to a penalty for too many men on the field, and the kick was low, leaving the score at 7-6 in favor of Stockdale.
From that point on, the Brahmas dominated on both sides of the football. Cole was allowed a few decent gains throughout the remainder of the game, but never really threatened against the Stockdale defense. The Brahmas, on the other hand, went on to score five additional touchdowns, relying heavily on their aggressive running game that methodically moved the ball downfield.
With just under 9 minutes to play in the first half, Valadez scored his second touchdown of the game from 18 yards out on a dump pass over the middle from quarterback Hunter Pierdolla. With 1:33 to play in the half, Valadez scored from 7 yards out, and Josh Vela ran in for the 2-point conversion. At the break, it was Stockdale leading comfortably, 21-6.
Stockdale’s running game continued its domination in the second half, and Valadez scored his fourth touchdown of the night on a pitch around the left side that went for 37 yards and 6 points. He then ran in the 2-point conversion, and the Brahmas led 29-6.
Deryk Mayberry got into the scoring action with 9:08 to play in the game, as he scored from 15 yards out. The short, 1-play drive was set up by a high Cougar snap on the previous play, giving Stockdale great field position once again.
The final points of the game came with 6:50 to play, as another high snap from Cole rolled out of the back of the end zone, giving Stockdale a safety and 2 points. The Brahmas kept the ball on the ground from there, killing the clock, and eventually earning a 37-6 victory to open the season.
“The boys played well,” said Stockdale Head Coach Josh West. “We played good defense, and I’m proud of the boys for their work and effort.”
West went on to praise his all-new offensive line, as well as his defense and offensive backfield. No major changes are expected for next week, and West said that if his team can correct the mental errors, they should be “OK” this season. Looks like they are off to a good start.
Valadez led the ground game with 127 yards and 3 touchdowns on 18 carries. He also had one reception for 18 yards and a touchdown. Dustin Mosier ran five times for 56 yards, Mayberry had three rushes for 38 yards, and Darion McMahan had three carries for 14 yards. Vela caught two passes for 30 yards, and Mosier brought in two for 8 yards.
The Brahmas will be on the road next week as they travel to Jourdanton to take on the Indians. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Avery Acker named player of the week (September 30, 2015)
Beavers down Ben Bolt Badgers to remain unbeaten (September 30, 2015)
Brahmas lose non-district game (September 30, 2015)
Education Foundation plans golf tournament (September 30, 2015)
FHS tennis suffers first loss (September 30, 2015)
Floresville Jaguars split district matches (September 30, 2015)
Floresville Tigers struggle against Boerne Champion (September 30, 2015)
Hornets notch first win against Rams (September 30, 2015)
JH Beavers beat Ben Bolt (September 30, 2015)
Junior high Beavers beat Sabinal (September 30, 2015)
Kenedy Chamber hosts golf tourney (September 30, 2015)
La Vernia Bears drop road game to Sinton Pirates (September 30, 2015)
LV tennis beats Navarro (September 30, 2015)
Mustangs fall short in Cotulla (September 30, 2015)
Pirates lose by a margin in Ingram (September 30, 2015)
Rock UMC golf tourney is Oct. 17 (September 30, 2015)
Varsity volleyball scores (September 30, 2015)
Brahmas fall in Pearsall (September 23, 2015)
Falls City Beavers blank Yellowjackets to remain perfect (September 23, 2015)
Falls City JH falls to Stockdale (September 23, 2015)
Falls City JV wins again (September 23, 2015)
FHS tennis remains unbeaten (September 23, 2015)
Floresville JV tennis team tops East Central (September 23, 2015)
Hornets fall to Rattlers on the road (September 23, 2015)
Jags continue to struggle (September 23, 2015)
Jags win one, lose one (September 23, 2015)
JK Memorial golf tourney (September 23, 2015)
La Vernia Bear tennis team tops Canyon Lake Cougars (September 23, 2015)
Mustangs beat Dilley Wolves (September 23, 2015)
Poth Pirates struggle against Marion Bulldogs (September 23, 2015)
Tiger freshmen top Kennedy (September 23, 2015)
Tigers earn first win of season (September 23, 2015)
Varsity volleyball scores (September 23, 2015)
Beavers continue domination with win over Brahmas (September 16, 2015)
Bring your ‘A’ game to Crime Stoppers golf tourney (September 16, 2015)
East Central Hornets suffer tough loss to Rangers (September 16, 2015)
Falls City JV team trounces Poth JV (September 16, 2015)
FHS tennis team continues to roll (September 16, 2015)
Floresville tennis wins again (September 16, 2015)
Golf tourney to benefit diabetes research (September 16, 2015)
JV: Falls City defeats Stockdale (September 16, 2015)
Mustangs fall to Sacred Heart (September 16, 2015)
Pirates victorious for Homecoming game against Tigers (September 16, 2015)
Poth tops Stockdale in volleyball slugfest (September 16, 2015)
Tigers fall hard to Tivy Antlers (September 16, 2015)
UIW soccer to play international game (September 16, 2015)
Unbeaten Leopards hand Bears second loss of year (September 16, 2015)
Varsity volleyball scores (September 16, 2015)
Bears fall to Sandcrabs in Port Lavaca (September 9, 2015)
Beavers dominate pirates in rivalry game (September 9, 2015)
Brahmas tame Kenedy Lions for solid win (September 9, 2015)
Hornets struggle against Canyon Cougars (September 9, 2015)
Hornets top Lady Bears in non-district play (September 9, 2015)
Jags win district opener (September 9, 2015)
Mustangs top Bulldogs in home opener (September 9, 2015)
Nixon Homecoming Spirit Days (September 9, 2015)
Tigers fall to Bears at Alamo Stadium (September 9, 2015)
Beavers beat Cowboys in D’Hanis (September 2, 2015)
Brahmas give up lead in home loss (September 2, 2015)
East Central Hornets drop 1-point game to Rattlers (September 2, 2015)
Floresville tennis team remains unbeaten (September 2, 2015)
Floresville Tigers fall to Highland Owls in season opener (September 2, 2015)
Freshman Tigers beat Highland Owls (September 2, 2015)
Jaguar volleyball team hard at work (September 2, 2015)
La Vernia Bears dominate Texans for first win (September 2, 2015)
Mustangs clip Eagles (September 2, 2015)
Poth Pirates drop opener to Randolph Ro-Hawks (September 2, 2015)
Varsity volleyball setting the pace (September 2, 2015)