Despite falling behind 17-0 in the first quarter of the 2019 season, the Brazos Cougars clawed all the way back and forced overtime with the Fort Bend Christian Academy Eagles last Friday night in Sugar Land.
Quarterback Jaylin Vela hooked up with Ira Minters on a screen pass from 21 yards out to get the visitors on the board in the second frame and only a sign of what was to come from the dual-threat quarterback.
Vela took off to the outside on a designed run play and burned 57 yards worth of turf behind him, making the Brazos deficit single digits once again in the third quarter at 38-32.
With the game tied at 38, the Cougars were facing a fourth-and-two from the Eagles’ 32-yard line and Vela pitched to Minters who was met by a host of tacklers at the 30 although they couldn’t get him down until after he plowed his way inside the 10.
Chance Gurecky took a jet sweep the last six yards to take a 46-38 lead after a successful two-point conversion with time winding down in the fourth.
However, Fort Bend Christian Academy worked it back to a tie game at 46, leading to an overtime period. Brazos found its way to the end zone first, with Vela dropping a dime that led William Oliver right to the end zone untouched after a pump fake although the ensuing extra point failed. The Eagles took advantage and nailed the extra-point kick after their touchdown to make the final score 53-52 once the dust finally settled.
Last year’s contest between the same two teams was similarly high scoring, but on only one side of the scoreboard. The Cougars played host to FBCA and took a 46-7 decision leading into their season that ended in the third round of the playoffs for the first time in over two decades.
Now, new head coach Ryan Roecker will look to pick up the pieces and right the ship with Brazos’ next contest scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday night in Ganado.