Below is a recap of seven major highlights of Brock football’s 2018 season.
Brock knocks off 4A’s Brownwood to open season
Brock’s strong 2017 play, an effort which saw the team reach the Class 3A, DI state finals, seamlessly carried over into the start of 2018 as the Eagles dismantled Class 4A opponent Brownwood, 41-10 in week one on the road.
Brock followed up a first-half effort resulting in a 14-3 lead for the Eagles with an even stronger showing in the final two quarters, outscoring the Lions, 27-7.
Combined with five sacks by the defense, Brock effectively set the tone on both sides of the ball, something the Eagles would make a habit of throughout the 2018 season.
Eagles pile on 10 rushing TDs versus Paradise
In many cases, putting up 21 points against an opponent can at the very least keep a game competitive.
That was not the case for Paradise, whose defense was gashed for 643 yards of offense and 10 rushing TDs by Brock in the latter’s final regular season game of the year.
In all, three different Eagles’ runners (Cash Jones, Toby Morrison and Hunter Bramblett) each collected at least 100 yards on the ground behind Brock’s massive offensive line.
Brock closes out district play perfect
While Brock’s showing against Paradise in and of itself was impressive, the former’s win also represented the end to a spotless run through District 4-3A, DI.
The Eagles defeated five of their district opponents (Pilot Point, Bowie, Ponder, Boyd and Paradise) by double digits.
Only Whitesboro gave Brock a run for its money, with the former taking a 23-14 halftime lead.
However, even this advantage was not enough (Brock won, 34-29) to prematurely end the Eagles’ journey toward a spotless record in district play.
Eagles hold off late rally in bi-district round
Brock entered the postseason fresh on the heels of a seven-game win streak.
That momentum was tested against Breckenridge, which has habitually played Brock close in a number of sports, in the bi-district round.
The Eagles’ eventual 34-27 win over the Buckaroos did not come without its moments of uncertainty, as the former suffered four turnovers.
Despite this, Brock still found itself up, 27-6 with 19 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The comfortable lead did not last, as Breckenridge quickly tied the score at 27 with 6:35 left in regulation.
Luckily for the Eagles, a late two-yard TD run by quarterback Tripp Jones effectively closed the game for Brock.
Brock beats Shallowater in final moments
Keeping in line with the team’s dramatic finishes against Whitesboro and later Breckenridge, Brock’s 23-21 win over Shallowater in the fourth round of postseason play did not disappoint.
The Eagles dominated in time of possession (27:16 to the Mustangs’ 20:32), while holding the edge in total offense as well (378 yards to Shallowater’s 297), yet the Mustangs managed to take a 21-17 lead with 1:47 left in the game.
However, a long drive on Brock’s subsequent possession was capped off by a one-yard TD pass from quarterback Takota Taylor to fullback/linebacker Zakk Young with five seconds left, propelling the Eagles to the state semifinals.
Eagles match Malakoff punch for punch
Brock’s 2018 season ultimately ended at the hands of Malakoff in the Class 3A, DI state semifinals, as the latter walked away with a 23-21 win.
That did not take away from an exciting performance by both teams which alternated between a defensive slugfest and scoring frenzy.
Up 10-0 early in the second quarter, Malakoff traded blows with Brock, which pulled the score within 10-7 with 4:09 remaining in the half.
That score would jump to 21-17 (Brock) before the half ended.
A controversial pass interference call late in the fourth quarter killed a potential game-changing stop by the Eagles, who instead of forcing a Malakoff turnover watched the latter punch it in for a 23-21 lead.
Brock brings in 22 all-district awards
Brock enjoyed a heavy presence in District 4-3A, DI’s awards list, with the team taking home two superlative all-district awards, 13 first-team selections and seven second-team selections.