In just it’s third year of playing football, Brock will make its first trip to a UIL championship game by virtue of a 38-22 victory Friday night over Mineola in a Class 3A Division I semifinal at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl.
Brock (15-0), No. 2 in the final Associated Press 3A poll, meets No. 4 Cameron Yoe (14-1) in the championship game at 5 p.m. Thursday at NRG Stadium in Houston. Yoe, which defeated Mathis 40-14 on Friday, has won state titles the past three seasons.
The Eagles controlled the game from the start against top-ranked Mineola (14-1) despite leading only 9-7 at the half.
The Eagles scored on each of their first two drives. An 11-play, 71-yard drive netted a 27-yard Bryce Nye field goal. After a Mineola punt, Brock followed with a 13-play, 65-yard drive that was capped by Tyler Gray’s 8-yard run with 9:49 left in the second quarter.
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If not for two long pass plays, one for a 64-yard score, the Yellowjackets would have been held to 37 first-half yards by the Brock defense led by Jordan Andrae.
“I can’t say it enough, our defense has played well all year,” Brock coach Chad Worrell said. “I’m super proud of the way we shut down their run in the first half.”
The Eagles scored on each of its four second-half possessions, including a 55-yard scoring pass by running back Leddy French. The senior took a skipped lateral from quarterback Seth Boleman in the flat, then threw to a wide-open Cooper Warren for a 31-15 lead with 10:48 left.
“It’s unbelievable, but it’s not a surprise for us, we expected to do this this year,” said French, who led Brock with 177 yards on 22 carries. “The rushing yards, that’s going to all come from the guys up front. Those guys are beasts and I owe it all to them.”
Following a Kyle Thiel interception, French added a 9-yard TD run with 3:34 left to put the game out of reach at 38-15.
“From the time they started in the eighth grade, junior high players, we talked to these kids about getting to this level and they don’t know any better,” Worrell said. “That’s what they think they’re supposed to do and we’re going to keep them believing that.”