Brownsboro’s Tamrick Pace Records 170 All-Purpose Yards On Seven Touches + Bears Tie Mineola In Scrimmage
BROWNSBORO -- Have yourself a day, Tamrick Pace.
Brownsboro's senior athlete recorded 170 all-purpose yards and threw for another 93 yards Saturday in the Bears' scrimmage against Class 3A Division I runner-up Mineola at Bear Stadium. He also made up for an interception thrown with a pick against the Yellowjackets' second-team offense.
"I thought Tamrick did just what we thought he could," Brownsboro head coach Jason Hooker said. "It's something we visualized with him. Seeing him at the quarterback position, running back, inside receiver, outside receiver. He showed up at corner and safety. We really like people guessing where he's going to be."
The Bears tied Mineola, 6-6, in a 12-minute quarter scrimmage and their starters won the controlled portion on a technicality.
Hooker's team, which went 1-9 as a Class 4A Division I team last season, scored three touchdowns in 15 consecutive plays. The Yellowjackets scored twice and hit their 15-play limit after a one-yard gain from running back Chantz Perkins to set up third-and-9 at Brownsboro's 39-yard line.
Neither side attempted extra points.
It looked great for Mineola's starting offense out of the gate.
The team drove 70 yards in seven plays with Perkins and quarterback Jeremiah Crawford both rushing for 35 yards. Crawford took a read option and scored from 15 yards out.
Crawford hit receiver Frankie Meason for a 68-yard bomb two plays later.
The Yellowjackets' abridged drive went 38 yards to give the team 178 yards.
Pace countered with 97 rushing yards and 81 passing yards through Brownsboro's 15 plays -- a total matching Mineola's 178 yards.
He got the team on the board with a 64-yard throw to Jamal Bell and then ran 70 yards himself the very next play.
From there, Mineola forced two three-and-outs and picked off Pace. However, on the Bears' 15th play, Bryant King ran 70 yards for a touchdown.
"What we're going to take away from this is that we finally got to go up against someone other than ourselves," Yellowjackets head coach Joe Drennon said. "Like I told the kids, we're going to look at the film and see some things we did really, really well and some things we've got to correct. We've got to get better with both of them."
After the backups and junior varsity teams got a specific number of reps, the starters lined up against each other once again for a real quarter of football.
Brownsboro got the ball at its 25-yard line, but the team fumbled on its very first play.
Mineola cornerback Noah Sneed returned the fumble five yards. Crawford went the remaining 20 yards on a designed run the next play for a 6-0 lead.
Sneed and company forced a three-and-out from there.
Perkins opened the Yellowjackets' next drive with a first down. The team stalled from there and punted back to the Bears.
Quarterback Wyatt Rinehart connected with Bell for an 18-yard gain on a third-and-9 at his own 17-yard line. Then Rinehart found Pace for a 65-yard score with five minutes to play.
Mineola drove 54 yards to the Brownsboro 21-yard line, but Crawford fumbled after gaining enough yardage for a first down inside the red zone.
The Bears ran out the final 2:39 on six plays for 27 yards. They attempted one pass on their final drive, a 13-yard throw from Pace to King.
"We knew they were going to come in hungry since they came in from the state championship game," Pace said. "We knew they were going to be physical. We feel like if we can perform well against them that we can perform well against anybody."
Brownsboro's starting offense racked up 368 yards and four touchdowns on 31 plays. The defense forced a punt in the live scrimmage and recovered Crawford's fumble.
Mineola put together three scores and 262 yards through 28 plays. Its defensive unit had an edge with three, three-and-outs and Pace's interception.
The Bears will scrimmage Emory Rains on the road next week. Mineola returns home to play Caddo Mills.
Both teams open their regular seasons on Aug. 28
"We thought we had a good first scrimmage," Hooker said. "We're trying to get every single kid we've got in the game for film. But, as far as our first unit, defense was way more physical than I thought we'd be at this point. We had some guys step up. Then, of course, Wyatt Rinehart and Tamrick Pace did a great job of switching out roles at quarterback, receiver and running back and has some big plays. We're happy with where we're at right now."