In a game where the largest lead by either team was 13 points, Brazos come up with a fumble recovery in the end zone with 4:24 remaining in the game to seal a 37-34 victory.
The scene was set when Louise partially blocked a Brazos punt and took over the ball at the Brazos 40-yard line with 6:43 remaining in the game. On the first play Kayleb Marek carried the ball down to the Brazos 14-yard line and a face-masking penalty moved the ball to the Brazos 7-yard line. Two rushes moved the ball to the Brazos 1-yard line and the Hornets looked posed to take the lead. On the next play the ball came loose and was recovered by the Cougars in the end zone. After the officials huddled it was ruled a fumble before the runner broke the plane of the goal line and recovered in the end zone for a touchback.
The Cougars were then able to go on a 11-play drive that consumed the remaining 4:42 of remaining game time.
Early in the game it looked like this might not be a close contest with Brazos jumped out to an early 13-0 lead when Jalyn Vela rushed for touchdowns of 45 and 94 yards on the Cougars first two drive.
Louise’ Kristian Munoz would cut the lead to 13-6 on the next drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Brazos would fumble the ensuing kickoff return and Louise would take the lead, 14-13, on 3-yard run from quarterback Colin Gonzales and a successful 2-point try.
The teams would battle back and forth and the lead would change hands several times before fumble at the goal line that sealed the game.
Both teams have a bye week next week before entering district play in Week 8.
Brazos moves to 3-2 on the season and will play Yorktown on October 19th. Yorktown suffered their first loss of the season 20-63 against St. Joseph on Friday night. Yorktown will open district play again Shiner on October 12th.
Louise in now 2-4 on the season and will play Burton on October 19th. Burton is 3-2 on the season. The Panthers beat Rogers 56-14 on Friday night. Burton opens district play against Flatonia on October 12th.
Brazos – Jaeden Ward, 45-yard run, PAT no good – Brazos 6, Louise 0 – 11:05 1st
Brazos – Jalyn Vela, 94-yard run – Brazos 13, Louise 0 – 4:49 1st
Louise – Kristian Munoz, 1-yard run, Pat no good – Brazos 13, Louise 6 – 2:05 1st
Louise – Colin Gonzales, 3-yard run, 2 point try good – Brazos 13, Louise 14 – 0:15 1st
Brazos – Jalyn Vela, 15-yard run, 2 point try no good – Brazos 19, Louise 14 – 11:37 2nd
Louise – Kaleb Marek, 2-yard run, 2 point try good – Brazos 19, Louise 22 – 8:34 2nd
Brazos – Ira Minters, 2-yard run – Brazos 25, Louise 22 – 4:51 2nd
Brazos – Jalyn Vela, 3-yard run, PAT no good – Brazos 31, Louise 22 – 5:26 3rd
Louise – Colin Gonzales, 35-yard run, PAT no good – Brazos 31, Louise 28 – 4:07 3rd
Brazos – Ira Minters, 16-yard run, 2 point try no good – Brazos 37, Louise 28 – 0:17 3rd
Louise – Colin Gonzales, 22-yard run, PAT no good – Brazos 37, Louise 34 – 7:46 4th