Tyler Grace Secures Third Playoff Spot After 63-13 Rout of Brook Hill
TYLER -- The Grace Cougars nailed down the third playoff seed from TAPPS Division II District 2 with an emphatic 63-13 win over Bullard Brook Hill on Friday at Clyde-Perkins Stadium.
After a promising start to the season, injuries to multiple key Brook Hill starters took their toll. The Guard finished the season with an overall record of 3-6 and a district record of 1-4. Tyler Bishop Gorman will represent District 2 as the No. 4 seed.
The Guard scored first, but not often enough after that to keep up with the Cougars’ high-powered offense. Senior linebacker John Dixon recovered a Grace fumble at the Cougars 30 yard line, and Garrett Davis ran in from 7 yards out for the first touchdown of the game. The extra point by Campbell Fletcher staked Brook Hill to an early 7-0 lead.
The Cougars then went on to reel off four straight touchdowns to open up a 28-7 lead, and never looked back from there. Alvin Skipworth ripped off a 46-yard touchdown run, and Braydon Stone sprinted 56 yards to paydirt on the next Cougar possession.
Stone then lofted a 28-yard touchdown pass to Cole Reed in the corner of the end zone, and Grace running back Uchenna Uduma had a 3-yard touchdown run before Brook Hill was able to cut the lead to 28-13 on an 18-yard run by senior running back Sam Nechi.
The Nechi touchdown was set up by a 52-yard pass from Brook Hill quarterback Mason Kelly to Garrett Brown, and it would be the last Brook Hill score of the night.
Stone would then run for a 66-yard touchdown, scramble for a 21-yard touchdown, and hand off to Skipworth for a 1-yard touchdown to push the Cougars' lead at the half to 49-13.
The Cougars continued the offensive onslaught in the second half with a 50-yard Skipworth touchdown run and Stone’s fourth rushing touchdown of the night, this one from 10 yards out. For the game, the Cougars racked up 605 yards of offense to 157 for the Guard.
Stone, Skipworth and Uduma each had more than 100 yards rushing, with Stone coming in just shy of 200 at 196 rushing yards.
Nechi led Brook Hill in rushing with 52 yards on 16 carries, and Davis had a nice all around offensive game with 5 carries for 25 yards and a touchdown, and three receptions for 21 yards. Kelly finished 8 of 22 passing for 91 yards.
Griffin Kuykendall recorded an interception for the Cougars, and Carson Ezell recovered a fumble for the Guard.
The Cougars will face Midland Christian, the No. 2 seed from District 1, at 1 p.m. Saturday in Midland in the first round of the playoffs. Bishop Gorman will play Fort Worth Christian, the No. 1 seed in District 1, in Fort Worth.