After avenging a loss that ended their season last year, the Bellville Brahmas now advance to a rematch of the 2016 regional final game against the West Orange-Stark Mustangs for the 2019 regional final.
Bellville is fresh off a 54-35 win over the Jasper Bulldogs, champions of District 9-4A-2, in what was a rematch of last year’s area championship.
Head coach Grady Rowe said before the rematch that his Brahmas would have to move the ball better than they had in last year’s showdown and they were able to do that behind a three-touchdown first half from Richard Reese with scoring runs of 78, 20 and 68 yards taking a 19-14 lead into the halftime break.
The defense held the Bulldogs in the second half while Reese picked up another pair of rushing scores, Jake Lischka hit Kyle Peschel for a 13-yard connection and Robert Briggs crossed the goal line on a 45-yard pick six and 70-yard rush to hoist the first area title since the 2016 run that ended at the hands of West Orange-Stark.
That year, the Mustangs took down Bellville en route to a state championship appearance where they came out on top of the Sweetwater Mustangs, 24-6, who were head coached by Sealy’s current head man, Shane Mobley.
This year, West Orange-Stark’s only loss came to non-district Newton, who won their District 12-3A-2 undefeated in defense of last year’s state championship, in week three of the regular season. The Mustangs’ most recent win came over one of the Brahmas’ district foes in the La Grange Leopards, 42-14, to set up this meeting at Randall Reed Stadium in New Caney Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
On the division one stage in Class 4A, Needville and El Campo are the lone representatives left from Sealy’s District 13 with a chance to meet in the next round.
The district champion Blue Jays, whom the Tigers beat 49-0 to end the regular season, are coming off a 62-24 win over the Boerne Greyhounds in the area round to meet with the Lampasas Badgers at the
Alamo Dome this Friday night. The third-seeded Ricebirds took down the Beeville Jones Trojans, winners of District 15, by a 49-13 margin and will meet with the similar-seeded Liberty Hill Panthers who trounced the La Feria Lions, 66-7, to advance to their meeting at Bastrop Memorial Stadium Friday night at 7:30 p.m.