Athens (4-6) vs. Waco LaVega (6-4)
2 p.m. Saturday, Mesquite’s Hanby Stadium
Brownsboro (8-1) vs. Lorena (7-3)
8 p.m. Saturday, Tiger Stadium, Corsicana
BROWNSBORO — It was every bit the heavyweight fight many envisioned it would be.
But in the end, the Brownsboro Bears — who have tasted defeat only once this season — had the punching power to outlast the Athens Hornets Friday night at Bear Stadium, 27-21.
The Bears (8-1, 4-1) clinched a co-championship in District 20-3A, sharing the title with Palestine, which hammered Westwood, 49-7, Friday. Strange as it sounds, Palestine needed that win to qualify for the playoffs.
The Hornets, who had already clinched a playoff spot with a win over Palestine last week, held a 21-6 first half lead before the Bears stormed back to score 21 unanswered points over the final two and a half quarters.
“I’m so proud. These kids have more character than any I’ve ever had here,” Brownsboro Head Coach John Settle said. “They just weren’t going to quit. They deserve this.”
Athens absolutely dominated the game in the first 20 minutes. The Hornets took the opening kickoff 75 yards in 11 plays and scored on Jack Barkley’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Courtney Whitehead. The Hornets then went up 14-0 on Justin Hofstetter’s 6-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter.
By the middle of the second quarter, Athens had run 41 plays to just nine for the Bears (thanks, in part, to a lost fumble on a punt).
The Bears got on the board midway through the second quarter when quarterback Zach Bailey found Deondre Taylor on an 80-yard bomb right down the heart of the field, cutting the lead to 14-6.
Athens answered with another impressive drive, this one a 10-play, 62-yard march that ended with tight end Matt Jordan’s 21-yard touchdown catch from Barkley to make it 21-6.
Brownsboro scores 21 in row to win
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