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.
The Hargrave Falcons are primed for their district showdown on October 11 at Lumberton. With district leaders in rushing, passing, and receiving, Mike McEachern's squad looks at the District 11-4A matchup as a mid-season measuring stick.
"Right now we feel good," said McEachern, "we wanted to be five and 0 at the break where we can reload and get ready for our district game."
The Falcons will be tested on both sides of the line by a strong Lumberton team who leads the district in both offense (395 yds/gm) and defense (167 yds/gm). The Raiders have the #2 rusher in senior running back David Barthol as their run-heavy offense has generated 1,465 yards on the ground.
"What a heck of a way to start district," said McEachern.
"We had a shootout last year where we had a lead on them at halftime, they came back and beat us in overtime. This game is going to set the tone for both of us. At the end of the game we'll see who's 1-0 and who's 0-1."
Whereas Lumberton's offensive game is one-sided with the run game (1465 yds), Hargrave brings a balanced attack with 900 yards rushing and 1037 yards passing.
The Falcons are led on the ground by district leading rusher AJ San Miguel (681 yds, 14 TD's). Through the air they bring top quarterback Justin Shively (1023 yds passing, 13 TD's) and the top two receivers in Luke Thomas (329 yds, 5 TD's) and Brendon Pollack (158 yds, 1 TD).
"We try to keep our offense balanced," said McEachern.
"We spread our offense out for both (running and passing), the more balanced we are the more potent our offense is. The thing that has helped us the most is our defense has given us great field position. When you have a short field you better roll."
Listen to the podcast interview between Coach McEachern and Todd James of VYPE SeTX Magazine click on the play button below.