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Paul leads Bremond past Iraan for third straight 2A state title


Back in the late 1990s, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a quarterback named Kordell Stewart who was nicknamed slash because of his ability to play multiple positions on offense.

After watching today’s 2A state championship game, I believe Roshauud Paul may have redefined that nickname, as Paul was all over the field as a playmaker on offense, throwing a touchdown pass when he wasn’t breaking loose for 50 plus yard touchdown runs. If that wasn’t enough, Paul also lined up at defensive back and serves as the punter for the Bremond Tigers.

Any time you have the opportunity to throw a player like that in a game of such importance, you can expect that it would be a difference maker, and that it was in a 49-28 Bremond win for the 2A Division II state title.

“Roshauud made winning a whole lot easier, that’s a given,” Bremond coach Jeff Kasowski said.

But Paul utilized his teammates well throughout the game, getting receiver Joe Williams involved early, and depending on a stout offensive line to open up running lanes as Iraan focused their defensive efforts on him early.

“They had me bottled me up at first, but our running back opened up holes as the game progressed,” Paul said.

Due to Iraan’s physicality on defense, it took about eight minutes for Bremond to find the endzone, a 40-yard pass from Paul to Joe Williams, who happens to be the quarterback’s uncle.

On the next Bremond drive, it was Kaidyn Perlez who broke off a 37-yard touchdown run, but as they did several times throughout the game, Iraan answered the call, utilizing Clayton Kent, Daryel Lozoya and Kyle O’Bannon for their big play yardage in a run-dominant offense.

Paul would get his first taste of the end zone later than expected on a two yard run with nine minutes remaining in the second quarter. But once he got there, he had hs sights set there as he scored every Bremond touchdown from then on.

While Iraan countered midway through the third quarter, they narrowed the gap to one touchdown, but after Paul took it 51yards for the next Tigers touchdown, Iraan was unable answer the bell.

The heavyweight title fight of a matchup had gotten to the championship rounds, and it was clear Bremond power punches in the form of touchdown runs had begun to wear on Iraan.

True to their name, Iraan never stopped playing. Kent found O’Bannon midway through the fourth, but it was too little too late as the Tigers walked away with their third straight crown and a 47-0 record.

Paul became the all-time winningest starting high school quarterback and eclipsed the Kyler Murray-led Allen teams that strung together 46 wins in three seasons.

For his Texas High School football curtain call, Paul couldn’t have scripted a better finish. He finished the game with 153 passing yards, including one touchdown and rushed for 231 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns.

“I just wanted to win, my stats didn’t matter,” Paul said after the game. “It’s great that people can recognize me as one of the best players in Texas High School football history.”

Iraan was led by Kent’s 149 rushing yards. Lozoya picked up 98 and O’Bannon had 62, but also added 26 yards on receptions.

Paul was named offensive MVP and Jared Stellbauer received Defensive MVP.

Nick Harris contributed to this report

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Michael is the founder and editor of ProjectSpurs.com. He has a long history in journalism, sports and online media. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others.


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