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The West Brook Bruins are coming off a tough loss to North Shore last week that saw their defense give up a staggering 53 points. But Eric Peevey's squad is still a solid favorite to work through the playoffs through Thanksgiving.
The Bruins travel to Deer Park this Friday night, who themselves are fighting for a playoff spot with a district record at 3-2.
"When you play a great team like North Shore you get to see your flaws," said Peevey, into his third season as West Brook head coach.
"Our kids battled their tails off (last week) but we weren't satisfied with the outcome. We've got to keep going to work and we have a tough Deer Park team to do that against."
The Bruins will have the wind to their backs Friday as West Brook brings the top district offense, behind district MVP candidate Troy Yowman. The senior QB is third in the city of Houston in passing and has the top district receiver in speedster Thaddeus Johnson.
The aerial combo has combined for nine touchdowns on the season with Joey Pierre (23 rec, 547 yds, 5 TD) and Jordan Babino (17 rec, 259 yds, 3 TD) also contributing.
Deer Park does have weapons of their own in junior quarterback Matthew Potts (1410 yds, 9 pass TD) and senior WR Clyde Bellow (29 rec, 670 yds, 7 TD) but the Deer defense is just too big a liability to compete with the Bruin firepower.
West Brook will win easily and Yowman will confirm himself as a top threat division one talent.
Next week West Brook hosts Sterling (1-8, 0-5) and Deer Park travels to Beaumont United (5-3, 2-3) morning .
To listen to a podcast interview with West Brook head coach Eric Peevey click on the play button below.
With a stifling defense and an offense that kept churning out big plays, the West Brook Bruins hammered the previously unbeaten Beaumont United Timberwolves 46-23 Saturday night at Beaumont ISD Memorial Stadium. It was the second straight win for West Brook over BU in the annual game pitting both of Beaumont's 6A teams together.
The win continues West Brook's undefeated season as they will host Channelview this Friday night.
"Troy (Yowman) continuously does a great job of stepping up in the pocket and delivering good balls in the blitz," said Bruins head coach Eric Peevey.
"We knew coming in that there were going to be some mismatches with their defense. Our offensive coordinator, Jeff Breaux, does a great job of putting kids in situations where they can be successful. They didn't adjust until the second half so we kept going to the cookie jar."
The senior Yowman was tremendous all night as he would throw for five touchdowns and 371 yards on 30 attempts. His favorite target was Thad Johnson (WR, 2020) as the pair combined for 12 receptions, 175 yards and three touchdowns.
After allowing 16 first-half points to a fast and athletic BU team, the Bruin defense came up strong in the second half allowing only a third quarter touchdown to make the score 39-23. The Bruins were never threatened as they finished off the game with a La'damian Brown touchdown with three minutes to go.
"The biggest problem we had in the second half was our penalties," said Peevey.
"We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot with silly penalties. We could have really put the foot down on the gas but we made some bonehead mistakes that we have to get better at."
Channelview comes into this weeks matchup 1-1 in district play with a home win over Sterling 41-14.
"We've got one day to get ready for a Channelview offense that's really good, Coach Hurts has done a great job. Last year they're in the playoffs and hung 50 points up on Atascocita, they've got the ability to put up points."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm Friday night at Beaumont ISD Memorial Stadium.
To listen to the podcast interview with Bruins head coach Eric Peevey click on the play button below.