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Brock senior Caleb Popek (10) drives a Bowie ballcarrier to the ground during Friday night's 67-7 District 4-3A, D-I win.

The Brock Eagles (4-2, 1-1) rebounded in a big way following the team’s district opening loss to Pilot Point two weeks ago, throttling the Bowie Jackrabbits, 67-7 in a District 4-3A, D-I game Friday night at Eagle Stadium.

Brock Head Coach Chad Worrell said his players were in a great mindset throughout the preceding week of practice, something that carried over into Friday’s win.

“We were locked in this week, I thought we played our best game,” Worrell said.

“We had a couple turnovers and penalties, but overall effort and assignment-wise, we played pretty well.”

Brock opened the game with a 53-0 run which spanned the game’s first three quarters, before outscoring Bowie, 14-7 in the final frame to seal the win.

The Eagles’ defense suffocated Bowie from start to finish, holding the latter to 85 total yards of offense, recovering three Jackrabbit fumbles (of six total) and allowing a third down conversion rate of 25 percent (5-of-20).

Brock’s defensive unit also excelled limiting the big play, something which had hurt the team in recent weeks, with Bowie’s lone score coming on an 8-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

Worrell said as much, while adding that his team did well negating one of the Jackrabbits’ biggest playmakers on the perimeter.

“We gave up one play in the first half on a fade and the defense held there,” Worrell said.

“No. 8, Garrett Oakley is a good receiver, he caught some big passes against us last year. We did a good job of preventing the big play.”

The Eagles also got significant contributions from their special teams units, with junior tailback Cash Jones returning a kickoff for a 95-yard TD, while Brock’s coverage unit consistently pinned Bowie deep to start drives, a performance Worrell praised.

“With the exception of a couple extra points early on, our special teams played well [Friday],” Worrell said.

“Our kickoff coverage and kickoff return units were awesome.” 

Brock put up 424 total yards of offense, with Jones contributing three total scores (including his return), while Myles Semas and sophomore Kutter Wilson contributing two touchdowns apiece.

Tyler Riddle added another score on the ground for the Eagles, while quarterback Jaxon Gleaton connected with Jesse Hallmark for a 15-yard receiving score.

Sophomore outside linebacker Dillon Mueller also got in on the scoring action, turning a third-quarter Bowie fumble into six points.

In addition, the Eagles’ offense lit up the scoreboard in minimal time, holding the ball only 15:09 compared to 32:51 by the Jackrabbits.

Jones paced Brock’s backfield with 182 yards on eight carries, while Wilson and Semas added 101 and 89 rushing yards, respectively.

Brock enjoys its bye this week, before returning to action against Whitesboro Oct. 18.

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