Athens Routs Brownsboro for First Unbeaten Regular Season in School History
ATHENS – The Athens Hornets made a little history Friday night, beating the Brownsboro Bears, 56-13, to complete the first undefeated regular season in school history.
Athens (10-0, 5-0) will open the playoffs next Friday against the Chapel Hill Bulldogs (6-4, 3rd in 16-3A). Kickoff in the bi-district matchup is set for 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. One victory will tie the school record for most wins in a season, set by 2010's regional finalist team.
Athens sophomore fullback Logan Fuller put his name into the record books for the second consecutive week.
Fuller scored four touchdowns to finish with 25 on the season – one better than Kendall Sanders’ 2010 record.
Fuller finished the night with 23 carries for 215 yards. Junior backfield mate Devin Hall was a little better than that on the stat sheet, rushing for 252 yards on 30 carries with a pair of touchdown runs. The Hornets finished with a season-high 524 rushing yards.
The Hornets got a little help from their special teams for the second consecutive week. Sophomore Travon Fuller returned a punt 72 yards for a score in the second quarter (that gave the Hornets a 21-0 lead) one week after Nikell Roberts had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Mineola.
Brownsboro (2-8, 0-5), which trailed 28-0 at the half, got on the scoreboard via Quintus Lee’s 55-yard run with a little more than six minutes to go in the third quarter. On the first play of the fourth quarter, quarterback Jared Bragdon hit Caleb Seale with a 32-yard touchdown pass.
Lee led the Bears with 72 yards on six carries. Bragdon was a solid 18 of 29 for 151 yards with two interceptions – by Athens’ Travon Fuller and Roberts. DeAndre Cook caught six passes for 55 yards to lead the Bears’ receiving corps.
Athens played without senior quarterback Anthony Sanders and senior linebacker Adam Stallings, who were held out for disciplinary reasons. The Hornets played much of the second half without kicker David Cedillo, who was injured on the team’s only punt of the night. With no backup kicker, the Hornets were forced to go for two on their final three touchdowns.