TAPPS Division II District 2 Opener

Tyler Bishop Gorman Crusaders (2-1)

vs.

Bullard Brook Hill Guard (1-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

Herrington Stadium, Bullard

 

Coaches
  • Bishop Gorman: Coby Gipson
  • Brook Hill: Bobby Brasher

 

Last week
  • Bishop Gorman: won 53-12 at Tyler All Saints
  • Brook Hill: lost 35-14 vs. Spring Hill

 

Next week
  • Bishop Gorman: vs. Carrollton Prince of Peace
  • Brook Hill: at Dallas Shelton

 

Playmakers

Bishop Gorman

  • QB Tristan Saint, Sr., 5-11, 195 (50 of 74, 1,099 yards, 11 TDs, 1 INT; 17 carries, 139 yards, 1 rush TD)
  • WR Collin Parks, Sr., 5-7, 170 (20 catches, 439 yards, 2 TDs; 9 carries, 92 yards, 3 TDs)
  • WR Connor Hobbs, Jr., 6-4, 200 (16 catches, 377 yards, 5 TDs)
  • RB Taylor Hurst, Sr., 6-1, 175 (28 carries, 298 yards, 4 TDs; 1 receiving TD)
  • WR Jacob Riegel, Jr., 5-8, 140 (7 catches, 130 yards, 2 TDs)
  • LB Noah Kemp, Sr., 5-10, 185
  • LB Tyler Bate, Soph., 6-1, 170

 

Brook Hill

  • WR Seth Brasher, Soph, 6-2, 175 (22 catches, 362 yards, 2 TDs)
  • QB Brant Hanks, Jr., 6-2, 175 (44 of 78, 591 yards, 7 TDs, 7 INTs)
  • LB Blake Maddox, Jr., 6-0, 190 (23 tackles, 6 for loss, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble)
  • WR Chase McDermott, Jr., 6-2, 175 (9 catches, 145 yards, 2 TDs)
  • LB Malik Alley, Jr., 6-1, 200 (18 tackles, 4 for loss, 2 sacks)
  • LB Tyrone Brown, Jr., 6-0, 185 (21 tackles, 5 for loss, 2 sacks)
  • DT Bryant Robinson, Soph., 6-2, 220 (17 tackles, 4 for loss, 1 sack)

 

Just the facts
  • Brook Hill is 4-1 against Bishop Gorman since 2005, which was the year the Crusaders beat the Guard 29-6.
  • In four meetings since, Brook Hill has outscored Bishop Gorman 212-42.
  • Brook Hill beat Bishop Gorman twice in 2010: 39-7 in the regular season and 48-7 in the third round of the playoffs.
  • Bishop Gorman senior quarterback Tristan Saint accounts for 412.7 total yards of offense per game, including 366.3 passing yards.
  • Saint's 1,099 passing yards put him sixth in East Texas.
  • Bishop Gorman senior receiver Collin Parks averages 177.0 yards from scrimmage per game. He also averages 18.3 yards per touch (20 receptions, 9 carries).
  • Bishop Gorman junior receiver Connor Hobbs averages 23.6 yards per catch.
  • Brook Hill sophomore receiver Seth Brasher averages 16.4 yards per catch. His 22 receptions tie him for seventh in East Texas.
  • Bishop Gorman averages 47.7 points per game and yields 26.7.
  • The Crusaders' first three opponents have a cumulative record of 5-7.
  • Brook Hill averages 23.0 points per game and allows 31.3.
  • The Guard's first three opponents have a cumulative record of

 

Bishop Gorman QB Tristan Saint. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Key matchup: Brook Hill's secondary vs. Bishop Gorman's passing game. Few East Texas quarterbacks have started the 2013 season as well as Crusader starter Tristan Saint, who's throwing for more than 360 yards per game and has accounted for 12 touchdowns in only three games.

Saint's top two targets -- Collin Parks and Connor Hobbs -- have combined for 37 receptions, 816 yards, and seven touchdowns. But don't overlook the Crusaders' rushing attack, which has produced 8.6 yards per carry and averages 205.3 yards per game.

Brook Hill counters with a defense that is especially solid at linebacker. Three juniors -- Blake Maddox, Malik Alley, and Tyrone Brown -- give the Guard a solid trio that has combined for 15 tackles for loss and four sacks. Brook Hill needs a big performance from its defense against a potent passing game that's balanced by a keep-you-honest rushing attack.

Brook Hill LB Tyrone Brown. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Don't be surprised if: Friday's game comes down to the wire. The teams' non-district schedules could make for an interesting matchup from the standpoint of whose first three games better prepared them for the TAPPS Division II District 2 opener.

Bishop Gorman picked up momentum entering District 2 play following a mostly successful non-district slate that included two games against fellow private schools and a 48-9 season-opening win against Class A Beckville. Brook Hill's 1-2 mark came via a 21-18 season-opening win against Class 2A Frankston and losses to 2A Garrison and 3A Spring Hill.

Brook Hill appears to have played the tougher schedule, but Bishop Gorman might have an offense that's running more efficiently at the moment. That should make for an entertaining game at Herrington Stadium.