SWEETWATER — Brock avenged last year’s heartbreaking, one-point loss to Shallowater in the quarterfinals by pounding the Mustangs 38-10 on Saturday in a Class 3A Division I quarterfinal at the Mustang Bowl.
Brock (14-0), ranked No. 2 in the final Associated Press 3A state poll, will meet top-ranked Mineola (14-0) in the state semifinals, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl in Grand Prairie.
Saturday’s game appeared to be shaping up as a defensive affair after both teams traded possessions in a scoreless first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Shallowater running back Cooper Ogle darted off tackle for a 71-yard gain to the Brock 6. The Eagles’ defense, led by Zane Young, stiffened and a dropped pass in the end zone forced the Mustangs to settle for a 29-yard Davis Mason field goal and a 3-0 lead with 9:40 left in the half.
The Brock offense fed off the defense that held Shallowater (10-3) to three three-and-outs until intermission.
“I thought the momentum turned on [Eagles DB] Tyler Gray running Ogle down, and us holding them to a field goal,” Brock coach Chad Worrell said. “It was just a great effort play that turned the game around and the kids did a good job of executing from there.”
The Eagles scored 21 unanswered points before halftime. Gray scored on a 2-yard run, Leddy French added a 24-yard touchdown run, and a 43-yard TD pass from Seth Boleman to Tren Corcorran closed the scoring 6 seconds before intermission.
Brock opened the second half scoring on its first three possessions, including a 43-yard TD reception and 50-yard scoring run by Gray. The junior finished with 239 yards rushing on 24 carries.
“There’s been other times in the playoffs when we’ve been down early,” Young, a junior linebacker, said. “It happened against Denver City and Wall, but we just believe we can bounce back and make tackles.”
Ogle led Shallowater with 35 carries for 219 yards and had 47 receiving yards. His 36-yard scoring catch with 7:09 left was the Mustangs’ only touchdown.