The Bremond Tigers, by the skin of their teeth, were the lone Brazos Valley team to survive the third weekend of playoffs.
In a nail-biting overtime, Bremond (12-1) beat fourth-ranked Flatonia (11-2) after senior running back JT Anthony went 20-yards for his fifth touchdown of the night, securing the Tigers’ 41-35 win on Friday.
Bremond will face the Falls City Beavers (12-1) in Class 2A Division II quarterfinals Friday at 7 p.m. at The Pfield in Pflugerville.
Bremond head coach Jeff Kasowski said there is still excitement in the locker room about the win over Flatonia, and that this season has been filled with talented teams the Tigers have had to overcome.
“All year has been that way,” Kasowski said. “We’ve had a couple big wins. The Thorndale game they had a really good football team and we came out and were fortunate enough to come out on top. That was a big win for us and then Friday night against Flatonia the same thing. They had a really good football team, solid line and good skill kids. We’ve been fortunate to win those big games.”
Bremond and Falls City have found most of their success in the running game, averaging about 300 yards per game each. However, Kaswoski said being one game away from semifinals and facing the top-ranked team in the state, it’s going to take more than a good running game to come out with a win.
“Falls City has a really good football team, I mean they’re ranked number on in the state for a reason,” Kasowski said. “They’ve got some big boys up front, I think that’s the main part of their team that is really good that we have to contend with.
The lone Brazos Valley team to make it to the third week of the playoffs in Class 5A, second-ranked Brenham (10-3) lost to Corpus Christi Calallen (12-1) 47-32 on Saturday at the Alamodome in 5A-II regional.
Corpus Christi led 21-17 at halftime and despite being within four and scoring 15 points in the second half, the Cubs were unable to slow Calallen down. Sixth-ranked Calallen will play Boerne-Champion (12-1) in the quarterfinals at the Alamodome at 8 p.m. Saturday.
In Class 3A play, No. 12 Cameron (11-2) lost 45-14 to Grandview (12-1) in 3A-I regional and Lexington (5-8) lost to No. 2 Holliday (10-3) on Friday in 3A-II regional, 33-14.
Facing the defending state champs was no small task, but the Yoemen made it tougher on themselves with four turnovers and their fair share of penalties. Sixth-ranked Grandview advanced to the quarterfinals at Waco ISD Stadium Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Troy (12-1). Lexington’s offense got started too late for the team to overcome Holliday’s 27-0 lead going into the fourth quarter. Holliday will face No. 11 Gunter (12-1) at Witchita Falls’ Memorial Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
In 6-man play, Allen Academy (11-2) lost 53-8 to top-ranked Harvest Christian (13-0) on Friday in the TAAPS 6-man Division II semifinals, while BVCHEA (4-9) lost 46-24 to Victoria Cobra (9-2) on Saturday in the TAIAO 6-man Division II state championship.
Allen Academy led 8-6 going into the second quarter, but were unable to respond to the Saint’s 47 points in the second and third quarter, forcing the 45-point mercy rule to end the game in the third. Harvest Christian will face New Braunfels Christian Academy (11-1) in the state championship at Midway Panther Stadium on Thursday at 3 p.m.
Stifled with injuries, BVCHEA exceeded expectations and earned a spot in the state championship. But with three interceptions and having to corral a strong Cobra offense, the Mustangs were unable to collect their first state title.