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Brahmas crush Bobcats for Homecoming triumph
Stockdale running back Matt Valadez races toward the end zone during the Brahmas’ 41-7 thrashing of the Bloomington Bobcats.
STOCKDALE -- After a tough 1-point loss to Poth the week before, Stockdale was looking to get back to its winning ways last Friday night as the Brahmas welcomed the Bloomington Bobcats for Homecoming. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the Brahmas took out some of their frustrations and ran away with a 41-7 victory.
The first touchdown of the night came at the 7:06 mark of the first quarter, as Stockdale senior running back Matt Valadez scampered over the goal line from 17 yards out. Then, with 2:35 to play in the first, Valadez scored his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run from scrimmage. Darion Bird connected with Jacob Cardenas for the 2-point conversion, and the Brahmas led 14-0.
In the second quarter, the Brahmas added to their lead with a trio of touchdowns, including a 2-yard scoring run from Gage Haley, a 5-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Garza, and a sweet 23-yard passing touchdown from Bird to Valadez. Two of three extra points were good, giving Stockdale a total of 34 first-half points.
The Bobcats scored their lone touchdown of the game with 7:58 to play in the first half. They converted on the extra point, and the score at the break was 34-7.
The Brahmas scored one final touchdown in the second half, and it came on a great special teams effort as Fabyan Ortiz scooped up a blocked punt for a 4-yard touchdown return. Marquez added the extra point to make the final score 41-7.
Valadez ran 11 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Haley ran the ball four times for 44 yards, and Bird ran another seven times for 30 paces. Christian Segura had six carries for 22 yards, Joaquin Munoz ran five times for 44 yards, Garza had the touchdown run of 5 yards, and Marquez had a carry for 2 yards.
Bird completed 6 of 10 passing attempts for 68 yards and a touchdown. Jacob Cardenas completed a pass for 11 yards. Haley had three receptions for 22 yards, Cardenas caught two passes for 17 yards, and Valadez pulled down the touchdown pass from 23 yards out. Marquez had a catch for 11 yards, and Jeremiah Bellows caught another for 6 yards.
The win puts the Brahmas at 4-4 on the year, and 3-2 in district play. Stockdale is currently tied for third place with Nixon-Smiley and Karnes City.
The Brahmas will travel to Karnes City this Friday to break the tie, and will close out the season at home against Cotulla. Kickoff for both games is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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