BROWNWOOD — The fairy tale continues for Brock football in its first year of UIL competition.
The Eagles (12-1) defeated Wall, 21-20, Friday in a Class 3A Division I regional-round game at Gordon Wood Stadium. Brock will now face Shallowater (12-1) in Abilene on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.
With Brock leading 21-14, Wall scored with 45 seconds left in the third quarter, but missed the extra-point kick.
Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, and Brock had its upset against an 11-2 team that ended the regular season No. 2 in The Associated Press 3A state poll. Brock, which was never in the AP poll, battled back from an early 14-0 deficit by leaning on its defense.
“We gave up a couple big plays, but we fought. We got stops, and that’s what we needed,” Brock coach Chad Worrell said. “But our offensive line took over that second quarter and really started dominating the line of scrimmage. The turnaround was really in direct correlation to our line play.”
Down 14-0 after one quarter, Brock roared back in the second to tie the game before halftime. Running back Leddy French capped a nine-play drive with a 6-yard touchdown run that was set up by a 33-yard quarterback keeper from Seth Boleman two plays earlier.
French finished with 24 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
Eagles defensive back Kyle Thiel pounced on a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and Brock took advantage of the mistake. Five plays later, running back Tyler Gray ran in from 2 yards out to tie the game 14-14 with 2:10 to play before the break.
“That’s just the will to win,” French said. “It’s unreal right now. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, what we did here.”
The Hawks, who lost in the 2A Division I title game a year ago, took control early with a key sequence. A seven-play drive by Brock ended with Wall cornerback Clayton Daniel’s interception at the Hawks’ 11-yard line.
On the next play, Wall running back Clint Masters sprinted 89 yards up the middle for the game’s opening score with 3:47 left in the first. A roughing penalty on the extra point moved the kickoff up 15 yards and gave Wall the green light for a surprise onside kick, which was recovered by Hayden Efferson.
Five plays later, the Hawks went up 14-0 with two minutes left in the first.
Brock took a 21-14 lead with 2:56 left in the third quarter. French scored on fourth-and-goal from the 3 to wrap up a crucial 12-play, 92-yard drive that proved to be the difference.