St. Joseph may have allowed the most points it has all season against Trinidad, but the number in the win column is what’s most important. The Eagles edged Trinidad 52-50 in a nondistrict game on Saturday. The close win comes after two weeks in which the Eagles lost by a combined four points, dropping district contests to Conroe Covenant Christian (34-32) and Allen Academy (33-31)
With his 345-yard performance, Trace Brightwell surpassed 1,000 passing yards on the season and now sits at 1,205. He completed 22 of 31 passes and threw six touchdowns, three each to Evan Lawrence and Matthew Nelson. Nelson also was among St. Joseph’s leaders in receiving yards, catching nine passes for 113 yards, while Reid Millhollon caught five passes for 155 yards.
Many of those players also had an excellent evening on defense. Nelson and Twister Barrington co-led St. Joseph (5-3, 1-2) with eight tackles apiece, while Brightwell had five. Barrington recovered two fumbles while Nelson forced a fumble. Brightwell recorded an interception, his fifth of the season, tops in the Brazos Valley.
That defense has been solid all season, allowing an average of 23.6 points per game, including a streak of six or less in nondistrict games against Temple Holy Trinity (55-6), Victoria Faith Academy (61-6), BVCHEA (50-0).
Trinidad (2-5) was led by its ground game, which made up 252 of its 530 yards. Romal Womack carried 13 times for 133 yards and a touchown, adding 57 passing yards, while Demajeigh Hampton had 21 carries for 119 yards. Quarterback Brayden Dickey threw for 221 yards and four TDs on 11-of-19 passing.
After Trinidad, St. Joseph returns to its grueling TAPPS 6-Man Division II District 3 schedule with a road game at Huntsville Alpha Omega (5-1, 2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
For whom will The Bell toll?
Some district games carry a little more weight.
Playoff positioning is on the line Friday night, and the 92nd Battle of the Bell between Cameron and Rockdale is sure to be an offensive showdown of epic proportions. Rockdale hosts Cameron at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tiger Stadium.
Both teams come into the game with identical 6-1 records and are 2-1 in District 10-3A Division I, each with a loss to Troy. Two years ago, Rockdale beat the Yoemen 63-34 en route to the Class 3A Division I title, but Cameron returned the favor with a 33-14 win last year. The Yoemen lead 63-26-2 all-time in a series that dates back to 1911 and has been played every year since 1957.
Both teams feature talented quarterbacks in senior Braden Brashear for the Yoemen and junior Jace Robinson for the Tigers as well as a bevy of talented receivers such as Rockdale’s Ross Loth and Kesean Raven and Cameron’s Kobe Young and Zakorien Spikes. The running game also could take center stage with three outstanding backs in Cameron’s Nico Vargas and James Debose and Rockdale’s Cam’ron Valdez.
In the polls
All three local teams in the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football rankings remained in the polls.
After losing 62-44 to Troy, Rockdale (6-1, 2-1) dropped from fifth to 10th, while the Trojans checked in at No. 8.
A&M Consolidated remained at No. 4 in Class 5A Division II, while Calvert stayed at No. 5 in Class A Division II. The Tigers (7-0, 4-0) will take on Montgomery Lake Creek, while the Trojans (4-3) open District 14-A Division II play against Oglesby on Friday.