District 13-3A Division II: Week 1 Report

Shay Easterwood

Ballinger 20, Brady 19 (OT) — The Bulldogs just missed earning their first win of the Shay Easterwood era Friday, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort or confidence. In fact, after answering Ballinger’s touchdown in overtime following four quarters that had yielded a 13-all stalemate, Brady elected to go for two and the win.

The Bulldogs didn’t end up converting — Kelton Bernard was tackled by Ballinger’s Cooper Bean to end the game — but the effort against what is widely expected to be an improved Ballinger squad would seem to validate Easterwood‘s talk of improvement over the offseason.

Brady, which got 65 yards from  Ryan Decker and 61 from Bernard on its way to a 228-yard rushing day, couldn’t snap its now 15-game losing skid in Week 1. But the Bulldogs will get another chance this week at Haskell, and any team that sleeps on Easterwood’s squad is likely to end up regretting it.

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