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Bellville Brahmas football

After a narrow overtime victory in last week’s playoff matchup, the Bellvill Brahmas football team finally saw their luck run out in the regional round against Salado losing 13-10 in overtime. The game was scoreless through the first half with Salado scoring the first touchdown with just four minutes to go in the third quarter. The Brahmas answered back just two minutes into the fourth quarter with a rushing touchdown of their own to tie the game at seven-all. After Bellville went four-and-out with just under a minute left to go, the game went into overtime. The Brahmas took over the ball on Salado’s 25-yard line with 11 minutes left in overtime but couldn’t take advantage of the field position and settled for a field goal. Salado scored on a 25-yard passing touchdown when they got the ball back to close out the game.

Blinn College

Football - No. 10 Blinn College held a 35-19 lead heading into the final quarter of the El Toro Bowl until No. 6 Snow College stormed back with 24 points to defeat the Buccaneers 43-41 last Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium. 

“I am really proud of the way our guys handled themselves as ambassadors of Blinn College through this entire process and throughout the game. They fought hard and never buckled,” Head Coach Ryan Mahon said. “There were high and low moments and unfortunately at the very end we just came up a little bit short but I couldn’t be more proud of this team and I am proud to be their head coach.”

Jalan Cooper was named the El Toro Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player after totaling six tackles, one sack and recovering a fumble while Sicory Smith was named the El Toro Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player after leading the Buccaneers with seven catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns. 

Although Snow College only held the lead for 2:48 minutes in the opening quarter and the final 4:28 minutes of the game, the Badgers walked away with the victory after scoring 24 points in the final quarter.

Men’s basketball - Blinn College men’s basketball worked hard to outscore Paris Junior College 8-2 in the final quarter with less than two minutes remaining, but fell just short of a comeback as Paris defeated the Buccaneers, 75-72 last Saturday afternoon in the Kruse Center. 

“I thought it was a tale of two halves; in the first half we didn’t play hard and in the second half we competed and moved the ball,” said Scott Schumacher, Blinn head coach. “You have to compete the entire game to beat a team like Paris and we didn’t do that.”

The loss is Blinn’s first Region XIV conference loss of the season as the Buccaneers conference record drops to 1-1 and overall record falls to 7-2.

Gianni Ford led the Buccaneers with 14 points, while Tyrus Grayson followed with 10 points and Bradley George and Markques Houston each chipped in nine points.

Women’s basketball - Blinn College women’s basketball came out on top in overtime against Bossier Parish Community College for a 92-89 victory last Saturday afternoon in the Buccaneers first game played in the Kruse Center. 

“I was happy for our team; it was a fun atmosphere and the crowd definitely made a difference in our win today,” Head Coach Jeff Jenkins said. “The offense is what carried us and it is really fun knowing that we are in every single game offensively and that we can score.”

The victory marks the Buccaneers first Region XIV conference win of the season as Blinn’s conference record increases to 1-2 and overall record climbs to 6-3.

Aaliyah Holmes and Kayla Konarik led the Buccaneers with 15 points each while Jade Rochelle followed with 13 points and Alanna Spencer and Kyler Wyatt pitched in with 12 points each.

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