Brock Eagles (10-0) vs. Tuscola Jim Ned Indians (5-5) Preview
▪ What: Class 3A Division I Bi-district
▪ When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Shotwell Stadium, Abilene
▪ Outlook: This is when Brock's first-season (in the University Interscholastic League) magic began to show as the Eagles won their first-ever playoff game. They went on to win two more before a one-point loss ended their Cinderella season. Now, however, they are no longer the darlings of the postseason and are expected by most to be playing for a state championship in a few weeks. The Eagles are outscoring their opponents by a gaudy 58-6 margin, having topped 50 points eight times, 60 points six times, and registering a season-high 77. One other time they scored 49 points. On defense they posted five shutouts and held three other foes to a single touchdown. The offense features two runners who have topped the thousand-yard mark with Tyler Gray (1,215 yards, 19 TD) and Leddy French (1,150 yards, 24 TD) and the team is averaging 368 yards rushing. QB Seth Boleman is completing 75 percent of his passes (57-for-76) for 1,113 yards with eight TD and two interceptions.
The Indians rely heavily on the play of QB Will Doty (1,852 yards, 11 TD, 2 int. passing) and RB Marcus Hayden (1,017 yards, 18 TD rushing; 25 catches, 368 yards, 2 TD receiving), who leads the team in running and receiving. In fact, Hayden has 72 percent of the team's rushing yards. When the Indians win, they win big (47-21), and when they lose, they lose big (42-15). Jim Ned's return to the playoffs caps a turnaround from last season's 1-9 mark, but they have not had a winning season since 2009. This is the first meeting between Brock and Jim Ned. - Richard Allen