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Brownsboro wide receiver Logan Bryan (11) takes off on a 38-yard gain after catching a pass in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s regional semifinal at E.H. Hanby Stadium in Mesquite. The Bears shut down Pilot Point for a 28-7 victory to become the first Brownsboro team to advance to the fourth round of the playoffs. Brownsboro (10-3) will also become the first Henderson County team to play at Texas Stadium, facing Celina (13-) Friday at 7:30 p.m.

MESQUITE — History unfolded Friday night at E.H. Hanby Stadium.

The Brownsboro Bears secured the deepest playoff advancement in school history with a workmanlike 28-7 victory over the Pilot Point Bearcats in a regional semifinal contest played before an estimated crowd of, 4,200.

Brownsboro (10-3) will next face the unbeaten and defending Class 2A, Division I state champion Celina Bobcats (13-0) in the Region II-AAA championship game this week. Celina rolled to a 35-6 win over Canton Friday night at Homer B. Johnson Stadium in Garland.

The Bears will also make history against Celina, becoming the first Henderson County team to play at Texas Stadium. The Brownsboro-Celina game is scheduled to kickoff Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Bears, winners of five straight, didn’t display the same explosiveness as in their 41-29 area round playoff win over Atlanta, but they had more than enough to end Pilot Point’s five-game winning streak. Brownsboro led 7-0 at the half and put the game away with two late fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Ricco Richards again had a multiple-touchdown performance. Coming off a five-touchdown performance in the win over Atlanta, he scored three times in picking up 162 yards on 21 carries.

The punishing Brownsboro defense turned in a no-nonsense performance, holding the Bearcats to 103 yards. Pilot Point went deep into its playbook for gadget plays in an attempt to solve the Bears’ dominance, but found no workable solution.

Brownsboro forced three Pilot Point turnovers, the last of which — Logan Bryan’s 10th interception of the season — sealed the deal. Bryan picked off the pass on the Pilot Point 41-yard line and returned it to the nine. Two plays later, Richards was in the end zone from seven yards out. With Taylor Smith’s fourth PAT, the scoring was complete with 5:37 left in the game.

Bryan also had another key play for the Bears on their previous possession, turning a pass from Jordan Magee into a 38-yard gain on third and four from the Bearcat 42. That set up a four-yard Richards touchdown run.

Pilot Point scored its only touchdown 53 seconds into the fourth quarter after intercepting a Magee pass. Cooper Guthrie capped the drive on a one-yard run on fourth and goal to pull the Bearcats within 14-7.

The Brownsboro offense got off to a fast start, driving 85 yards in six plays on its first possession. Following the blocking of mammoth offensive linemen Lonnie Edwards and Oran Lewis, Richards staked the Bears to the lead on a 45-yard run on which he attempted to sweep right end and cut back to the middle of the field.

Richards had 61 of the Bears’ first 85 yards. Pilot Point kept him contained the rest of the half, holding him to nine yards.

Brownsboro had two other scoring opportunities deep in Bearcat territory in the first half, but came away with nothing to show for it. The Bears failed to score after having the ball first and goal from the two midway through the second quarter and lost a fumble on the Pilot Point 19 with just over two minutes to go in the half.

Pilot Point had no answer for the Brownsboro defense in the opening two quarters. The Bearcats managed just 47 yards of offense, getting 30 on the ground.

The Bearcats suffered two turnovers in the first half. Walter Guthrie recovered a fumble for Brownsboro and Tristan Warren intercepted a pass inside the Brownsboro five-yard line on the Bearcats’ only scoring threat of the half.

Chris Cofer, Ryan Epperson, Jonathon Wilson and Guthrie were among the defensive leaders for the Bears in the opening half.

The Bears scored on their first possession of the second half, going 50 yards in eight plays. Jonathon Johnson scored on a three-yard run to put the Bears up 14-0.

Pilot Point’s season ended at 8-5.



BEARS 28, BEARCATS 7

Game At A Glance

BHS PPHS

First Downs 19 7

Rushing Yards 245 75

Passing Yards 83 28

Total Yards 328 103

Passes Attempted 8 10

Passes Completed 5 3

Interceptions 1 2

Fumbles/Lost 2/1 1/1

Penalties 9/56 7/55

Punts/Average 1/38.0 4/30.3

Scoring By Quarters

Brownsboro 7 0 7 14 — 28

Pilot Point 0 0 0 7 — 7

Scoring Summary

BHS — Ricco Richards 45 run. (Tyler Smith kick good)

BHS — Jonathon Johnson 3 run. (Smith kick good)

PPHS — Cooper Guthrie 1 run. (Ricky Loftis kick good)

BHS — Richards 4 run. (Smith kick good)

BHS — Richards 7 run. (Smith kick good)

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