The Brock Eagles matched or surpassed the visiting Brownwood Lions in an array of statistical categories Friday night at Eagle Stadium, however, turnover troubles proved too damaging for the home team which fell, 10-0.
Brock held the advantage in total yardage gained (330-282), time of possession (27:25 to 20:30) and first downs (15 to nine).
Unfortunately, three lost fumbles (of seven total) and an interception prevented the Eagles from capitalizing on their effective ball movement.
Brock Head Coach Chad Worrell said while the turnovers were problematic, his team’s ability to move the ball on Brownwood’s defense stood as a noteworthy, positive development.
“We moved the ball up and down the field all night long,” Worrell said.
“We just had some inopportune mistakes, some unforced errors, and if we cut those out, we win the football game. Our offense played well enough to win the game, we just made some crucial mistakes, and I think a lot of that obviously had to do with youth. It was a lot of kids’ first time in that situation, on a big stage against Brownwood, but that’s something we’ve gotta fix.”
Worrell added that the team’s offensive mistakes Friday are all correctable while stressing confidence in his players’ desire and ability to fix the problems.
“I know the kids are gonna come in and get to work fixing those mistakes,” Worrell said.
“But I was proud of our offense, I was proud of our offensive line, Brownwood gave us some different defensive looks we haven’t worked on and we picked it up and moved the ball.
“Every mistake we saw on film is correctable. So it’s gonna be a good learning experience for our kids.”
On the other side of the ball, Brock gave a solid performance, keeping Brownwood scoreless in two quarters (first and third), while holding the latter to single-digit points in the other two frames.
The game’s first quarter ended with the Eagles and Lions still tied at zero.
Brownwood later broke a 73-yard touchdown run with 8:21 left in the second quarter to go up, 7-0, a score which would remain until late in the fourth quarter.
Worrell said an already strong defensive showing by his team would have proven even more dominant had it not been for that lone Lions’ score.
“Anytime you hold a team as explosive as they are to 10 points, you’re pretty happy about it,” Worrell said.
“Brownwood had a little over 250 yards, and on their long touchdown run in the first half, it was just a bad defensive call. 73 of their yards came on that, so if you take that away, they’re sitting at roughly 175 yards of offense and three points. So I was pleased with our effort on the defensive side of the ball.”
The Eagles’ defense also excelled on third down, allowing only a 33 percent conversion rate (4-of-12) for the Lions.
Another bright spot for the Eagles came in the ground game, long a source of strength for the team.
Brock totaled 271 rushing yards, with the bulk of that coming from junior tailback Cash Jones, who finished with 181 yards on 24 carries.
The Eagles will get their first chance to rebound at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hawk Stadium, when the team takes on the Iowa Park Hawks in a non-district game.