Broncos show of force overpowers the Bears, 51-16
Updated: Oct 2, 2019
Texas High School Football - If you remember how it felt when anticipating Christmas morning, birthdays, or even the day you graduated...this game had me feeling a little bit like that.
Two great teams in the 28-6A region under Northside Independent School District, The Brandeis Broncos entering the game with a 3-0 district standing coming from a 42-7 win the week prior against Clark. Then we have the Brennan Bears, as well entering with a 3-0 district record after coming off a 29-10 win against the Taft Raiders.
First up on the boards was Brennan's Darryon Tolefree with a 49 yard pass from David Valera, followed by a Jonathan Swisher extra point in the first quarter at the 6:35 mark. Brennan wouldn't see their score change again until the fourth quarter, but more on that later.
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Brandeis responded with a J. Nova Rangel 12 yard run, with an Xavier Lopez extra point in the first quarter a the 5:22 mark. Moving into the second quarter, Brandeis Jordan Battles had a 1 yard run with an Xavier Lopez extra point at the 11:56 mark. The Broncos' RB Corion Holmes ran for an 8 yard touchdown run, with an Xavier Lopez extra point at the 9:44 mark. The last scoring in the first half was another J. Nova Rangel touchdown, this time via a 62 yard pass from Jordan Battles with an Xavier Lopez kick. The first half ended with the score of, Brandeis 28, Brennan 7.
In the second half, third quarter...Brandeis' Corion Holmes was keeping the heat on. Adding to his game totaling 134 rushing yards, he put down another 8 yard run with an Xavier Lopez kicking another extra point at the 8:59 mark, then a 29 yard pass from Jordan Battles (totaling his 29 receiving yards for the game) followed by...you know it, an Xavier Lopez extra point at the 6:03 mark in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Brandeis seized an opportunity to score a 33 yard field goal by Xavier Lopez at the 6:52 mark. Brennan's Ashton Dubose (QB) had a 1 yard touchdown run followed by a Jonathan Swisher kick at the 3:44 mark.
The last scoring plays by both teams energized the stadium to a an even higher level. The Broncos' Eduardo Webster-Vega had a 73 yard run at the 1:55 mark, but Brennan's Zeigler Zakai took advantage of a failed Brandeis kick and ran for an extra point return, ended the game with the final score of, Brandeis 51, Brennan 16.
NOTABLE GAME STATS
The Brandeis Broncos had a grand total of 483 yards for the game, of which 373 were rushing and 110 were passing. The Broncos had 13 first downs, no fumbles, and 7 penalties costing them 55 yards. The Brennan Bears had a total of 336 yards, 215 of which were rushing yards and 121 were passing. The Bears had 15 first downs, 3 fumbles resulting in 2 turnovers, and 10 penalties costing them 80 yards.
Brandeis is now 5-0 overall (4-0 in district play) and moves onto play O'Connor at Farris stadium in the #CRUSH rivalry football game on 10/11 at 7:30PM. I'd highly recommend that you purchase your tickets already and if you have, ensure you are there very early. In the past, the stadium has been oversold as this is a BIG GAME.
Brennan is now 4-1 overall (3-1 in district play) and moves onto play Marshall in Farris stadium on 10/10 at 7PM. The week of 9/30-10/6 is BYE week for all NISD schools except for Harlan, who plays Harlandale on 10/4 at 7:30PM at Farris.
Reporter/Photojournalist - Michael Quintero
NOTES: In 9 seasons since Brennan's opening, Brennan has won 3 of the 4 times they've contested Brandeis. These teams did not play against each other in 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, or 2010. I only bring up the fact as I've heard "breaking long winning streaks". and "never in the history of..." and similar rhetoric.