Bremond Holds Off Late Tenaha Rally + Denying Tigers Trip To State, 32-29
NACOGDOCHES -- Despite a late rally, Tenaha couldn’t recover an onside kick and Bremond converted a first down to claim a spot in the Class 2A Division II state title game with a 32-29 win Friday night at Homer Bryce Stadium.
Bremond (14-0) will play Albany for the championship at 10 a.m. Thursday from AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Tenaha (11-2), meawhile, was eliminated in the semifinals for the second consecutive season.
Trailing 32-14 late in the fourth quarter, Tenaha scored on two quick touchdowns to bring the score to within three points. Cobe Caraway scored a touchdown on a 4-yard run with 7:56 remaining in the game to decrease the Bremond’s lead to 32-21.
After holding Bremond, TJ Thomas slipped a 33-yard strike past the Bremond’s defense to open receiver Colton Goeke. The following two-point conversion was made and suddenly the score was 32-29 with 2:10 remaining.
However, the following onside kick was recovered by Bremond.
Tenaha struggled to keep pace with Bremond's consistency for much of the game.
Sophomore quarterback Roshauud Paul led a dominant Bremond ground game with 31 carries for 197 yards and two touchdowns.
When he exited the game late in the second half with an injury, Bremond continued to grind out yards on the ground. It finished with 54 total carries for 303 yards and 16 first downs.
For a while, Tenaha responded with big plays.
Tenaha opened its scoring when Caraway (213 rushing yards on 27 carries) broke an 82-yard rush for a touchdown with 8:56 remaining in the second quarter. The second touchdown came when Kebo Reed recovered a Bremond fumble and took it 75 yards back for a touchdown.
But consistency ended up winning the game.
By halftime, Tenaha had only picked up one first down.
It finished the game with 11 — most coming on the final drives of the game.