In almost every situation, building a football program from scratch requires the patience to endure the likelihood of many seasons without playoff trips, if not winless campaigns altogether.
Brock must not have the patience for patience.
The Eagles continued their run of masquerading as a perennial contender Thursday night, beating Bangs 57-13 in the Class 3A Division I bi-district round game at Newton Field in Graham.
Brock (10-1), in its second year as a varsity program and first as a member of the UIL, plays Denver City at 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Angelo ISD Stadium.
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“It’s been a year of firsts,” Brock coach Chad Worrell said. “First varsity win, first district win, first playoff win, so it’s nice to add to that.”
On Thursday, Brock ran right at Bangs (6-5), rolling up 376 yards rushing, including 75 on its first drive for a touchdown.
Two plays later, Micah Thornton tackled a Bangs player in the end zone for a safety to give Brock a 9-0 lead. Thornton then caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Seth Boleman on Brock’s next possession. Thornton’s score was set up by a long kickoff return from Leddy French.
French joined the scoring frenzy on Brock’s next drive, hauling in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Boleman.
Brock led 37-0 at halftime.
The Eagles kept it simple on offense most of the game, lining up in power sets and working handoffs and pitches to either side of the Bangs defense.
French led Brock with 152 rushing yards on 13 carries.
His 50-yard touchdown run in the third quarter put the Eagles up 44-0.
Boleman was selectively efficient, completing 6 of 8 passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns.
Bangs scored in the third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown by quarterback Colton Brewer. The freshman finished 12-of-30 passing for 138 yards.
The Brock defense recorded nine tackles for loss, including four sacks.