Category: Brock Eagles

GAME STORY: Watkins’ big night fuels Brock past Malakoff, back to state title game

FRISCO — Running back Reid Watkins slashed and dashed for 136 yards and two touchdowns and made a late-game interception on defense to lead Brock to a 21-10 win over Malakoff in a Class 3A Division I state semifinal game Thursday night at the Ford Center.

En route, the game’s primary hero also led the Eagles back toward Arlington, where they will play for a state championship for the second year in a row next week, against defending state champion Franklin, which throttled Edna 41-13.

“Primary” is the key word in the preceding paragraph. Watkins’ stellar performance off the bench was one of many offensive highlights for Brock, which won for the 11th straight time after starting the season 0-4. The Eagles’ starter at running back, Brett Tutter, added 81 rushing yards, and steady quarterback Tyler Moody completed six of 11 passes for 55 yards and ran for the Eagles’ other touchdown.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYOFF FORECAST: Albany, Hawley, Brock one win away from trip to Arlington

LAST WEEK: 8-0, 1.000
SEASON TOTAL: 537-120, .817

The Big Country Preps coverage area took a few hits last week, with Wylie, Wall and Cisco all seeing their seasons end in the regional championship round. 

However, six of our teams remain active heading into this week, half of which are six-man teams (Loraine, Benjamin and Westbrook) that have already qualified for state and are taking this week off. 

The other half are 3A DI Brock, 2A DI Hawley and 2A DII Albany, all of which advanced to this week’s state semifinals. 

As for pick accuracy, the column is on fire, going 8-0 last week and 11-1 the week before for a 19-1 mark (.950) over a two-week span.

Alright, enough said, let’s dive in. 

Here’s this week’s forecast: 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Comanche standout Glasgow takes top spot

Consistency and versatility always score big in our Big Country Preps Player of the Week column. 

Add a few extras to your stat sheet and play well over several games and you’ll generally end up at or near the top of our weekly list. 

That is precisely why Comanche sophomore guard Kinsey Glasgow has earned our Player of the Week award for the Week ending December 3.

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GAME STORY: Brock rallies past Whitesboro again, advances to Class 3A DI state semifinals

DENTON — Brock was down three to its fiercest District 4-3A Division I rival, Whitesboro, with just under seven minutes left in Thursday’s Region I-3A DI championship game. Prior to that point, the Eagles had mustered all of seven rushing yards in the first half, fumbled away a second-quarter, fourth-down try and winced agonizingly as an errant snap sailed 25 yards behind the line of scrimmage to thwart a promising first-half possession.

Meanwhile, Whitesboro had just taken the lead when receiver Jace Sanders sneaked his way to the sideline uncovered on a fourth and goal play — from the 22-yard line, no less — to seize momentum and threaten to avenge a 39-35 loss to the Eagles earlier this season.

In other words, Brock had the Bearcats right where it wanted them.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYOFF FORECAST: Nine BCP teams still alive as we enter December

LAST WEEK: 11-1, .916
SEASON TOTAL: 529-120, .815

As December football arrives so will nine — count’em, nine — Big Country Preps teams retain a playoff pulse and are still hopeful of winning a state championship.

Wylie, Brock, Wall, Cisco, Hawley, Albany, Westbrook, Benjamin and Loraine will all take the field this week.

Not too shabby.

Also doing pretty well: this column, which hit with 91-percent accuracy last week despite a difficult slate of games to pick.

That said, let’s dive into this week’s games.

Here’s this week’s forecast: 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Albany’s Chapman takes the top spot

Having fought his way through a mid-season injury, Albany quarterback Cole Chapman is back in form. 

Our Big Country Preps Player of the Week was the dual threat we’ve grown accustomed to seeing on Saturday, leading the Lions (11-2) to a 35-18 whipping of formerly unbeaten Wink in the Region II-2A Division II semifinals. 

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GAME REPORT: Brock uses rally for the ages to erase huge deficit and eliminate Bushland

VERNON — With 7:39 remaining in the second quarter of Friday’s Region I-3A DI semifinal between Brock and Bushland, the outcome for the Eagles was looking bleak. 

Bushland was not only leading, it was dominating Brock 27-7, courtesy of two TD passes and a scoring run from Falcon quarterback Dawson Jaco. 

What nobody knew, however, was that Bushland had scored its final point. And Brock, like the waters of a tsunami receding prior to impact, was about to unleash something unbelievable.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Wylie QB Long leads another thrilling comeback to claim award

With the Wylie football team’s season on the line, facing a 40-30 deficit with less than six minutes remaining, the Bulldogs needed an epic comeback to rally past Colleyville Heritage on Friday at Grapevine’s Mustang-Panther Stadium.

Fortunately for coach Clay Martin’s squad, their senior quarterback has made a habit of leading those this year.

After throwing just his sixth interception on a fourth-down play midway through the final quarter, KJ Long was given new life when his defense forced and recovered a quick fumble. He made the most of it by leading a pair of quick scoring drives — the last to put the Bulldogs 43-40 with three seconds left on the clock — to fuel his team to a wild 50-40 area-round win and earn this week’s Big Country Preps Player of the Week award.

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CLASS 3A BI-DISTRICT REPORT: Jim Ned wins eighth straight; Brock, Early Comanche, Wall advance to area round

REGION I-3A DIV. I 

Jim Ned 41, Pilot Point 0 — Troy Doran rushed for 174 yards and two scores to lead Jim Ned to an easy first round win over Pilot Point. 

The Indians rolled up 479 yards in total offense en route to the win, overcoming a 3-1 turnover disparity in the process.  Leading 14-0 at the break, Jim Ned blew the game open with 27 unanswered points in the second half. 

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Big Country Preps Boys Basketball Position Rankings: Posts

After highlighting the Big Country’s top guards and forwards the past two nights, we now take a look at the area’s best big men.

For the final installment in our three-part boys basketball position rankings series, we rank the Big Country’s top 10 post players.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through our rankings, and make sure to check back for all our boys and girls basketball coverage this season.

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Big Country Preps Boys Basketball Position Rankings: Guards

With boys basketball season beginning this week, it’s time to shine a spotlight on some of the players you’ll be reading about throughout the 2022-23 season.

For the first installment in a three-part series that will cover all positions on the area boys basketball scene, we’ll be taking a look at the Big Country’s top guards, ranking our top 10 with a list of others to watch this winter.

We hope you enjoy reading through our list.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Wylie safety Wright takes top honors with three fourth-quarter picks

If it’s true that big-time players make big-time plays in big moments, few had a stronger claim to that “big-time” title this past week than Wylie sophomore Hayden Wright.

The Bulldogs free safety not only came through with three interceptions in his team’s 20-10 District 2-5A Division I title-clinching win over crosstown rival Cooper, he recorded all three picks in the fourth quarter as Wylie was trying to hold off a late Cougar rally.

For that effort, which saw him snatch his fourth, fifth and sixth interceptions of the season, the young playmaker has been named the Big Country Preps Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 5.

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DISTRICT 4-3A DIV. I WEEK 11 REPORT: Brock shuts out Pilot Point to finish 6-0 in district

Brock 48, Pilot Point 0 — The Eagles closed out the regular season in style, blasting the Bearcats to wrap up a perfect run through District 4-3A DI.

Brock outgained Pilot Point 488-44, using a 21-point second quarter to take a 28-0 lead into halftime. From there, the Eagles tacked on 13 more points in the third period and seven in the fourth to improve to 6-4 overall and 6-0 in league play.

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Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Posts

After focusing on the top guards and forwards the Big Country has to offer the past two nights, it’s time to shift our attention to the paint.

For the final installment in our three-part position rankings series, we list our top-10 post players for the 2022-23 season.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through these rankings, and make sure to come back next week when we’ll feature the top boys basketball players in the Big Country.

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Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Forwards

After kicking off our girls basketball position rankings series with the guards on Tuesday, we now turn our attention to the forwards.

For the second installment in our three-part series, we rank the area’s top 10 players at that position with some others to watch for in 2022-23.

We hope you enjoy our list.

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Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Guards

With the girls basketball season upon us, it’s time to take a look at the local and area players who will be making the biggest impact for their teams during the 2022-23 season.

For the first installment in a three-part series that will cover all positions, we’ll be focusing on the Big Country’s top guards, ranking our top 10 with a list of others to watch this season.

As with any such list, these rankings are subjective. We hope you enjoy reading through our selections.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brock junior takes the award with one big half of play

Every now and then, two quarters of playing time is enough to have a enormous impact. That was the case several times last week in a Friday night filled with lopsided finals throughout the area.

Topping that list: Our BCP Player of the Week, junior running back Brett Tutter, who helped lead Brock to a 77-27 win over Ponder. 

Tutter got only 16 carries in two quarters of play, but finished with an eye-popping 318 yards and five touchdowns as Brock (5-4, 4-0 District 4-3A DI) earned its fifth straight win after an 0-4 start. 

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DISTRICT 4-3A DIV. I WEEK 10 REPORT: Tutter, Brock run wild in blowout win over Ponder

Brock 74, Ponder 27 — The Eagles made quick work of the Lions, scoring 62 first-half points in a blowout win.

Brock (5-4, 5-0) led 28-0 by the end of the first quarter, before outscoring Ponder 34-13 in the second quarter and 12-7 in the third. The Eagles outgained the Lions 658-367, rushing for 482 yards on 43 carries.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zephyr running back brings home Player of the Week honors

With some people projecting Zephr as an underdog in last week’s game with Sidney, very few people were expecting ZHS to provide us with the Big Country Preps Player of the Week.

Nonetheless, here we are.

Zephyr senior running back Jayden Millican takes the spotlight after rushing for 285 yards and six touchdowns in a 68-20 win over over Sidney. But he wasn’t finished there.

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DISTRICT 4-3A DIV. I WEEK 9 REPORT: Brock scores late to rally past Paradise in another district thriller

Brock 18, Paradise 13 — The Eagles scored got a touchdown pass from Tyler Moody to Brett Tutter with 1:10 remaining in the game to rally past the Panthers for a big district win.

Brock (4-4, 4-0) led 12-0 at halftime, but Paradise responded with a pair of second-half touchdowns to take 13-12 lead with 3:07 left on the clock. That set up the Eagles’ final drive, which spanned 75 yards for the go-ahead points.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Snyder’s Stewart takes the award after big win over Graham

Snyder quarterback Easton Stewart barely makes a dent when he steps on the scale, standing in at 5-foot-8 and only 140 pounds. But the SHS junior was plenty big enough to lead the Tigers to a 35-21 upset over Graham last week at Tiger Stadium. 

Our BCP Player of the Week connected on 27 of 34 pass attempts for 282 yards and five scores and rushed for an additional 30 to lead the Tigers (3-5, 1-1) to a crucial victory. 

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DISTRICT 4-3A DIV. I WEEK 8 REPORT: Paradise, Brock the last remaining unbeaten teams in league play

Paradise 48, Peaster 14 — The Panthers continued their torrid run through District 4-3A DI, throttling the Greyhounds to improve to 4-0 in league play.

Paradise (8-0 overall), which joins Brock as the only team in this league still without a district loss, used a 21-point first-quarter to take control early and tacked on 20 more in the third to turn a 28-14 halftime lead into a blowout win.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Brock edges Whitesboro 39-35 in District 4-3A DI classic

BROCK — Friday’s clash between Whitesboro and Brock was the game many expected between two Class 3A Division I heavyweights. In fact, it may have been even better.

In the end, the Eagles were just about an inch better than the Bearcats, edging WHS for a 39-35 win in a classic in the Big Country Preps Game of the Week.

Brock led 27-15 at halftime and trailed 35-27 with less than four minutes remaining in the game. But a pair of Tyler Moody touchdown passes and a heart-stopping tackle at the goal line on the game’s final play were enough to lift coach Billy Mathis’ squad to a key victory in the District 4-3A DI title race.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Whitesboro visits Brock in highly anticipated matchup (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

LAST WEEK: 46-5, .901
SEASON TOTAL: 296-81, .785

The column saw its best week last week, hitting at 90 percent accuracy. And frankly, the timing couldn’t be better because we’re entering one of the toughest weeks for picking games that we’ll see in 2022. 

This week’s Big Country Preps Game of the Week will see us travel to Brock for a huge District 4-3A matchup between the Eagles and unbeaten Whitesboro. Other highlighted matchups will include Cisco at Stamford, Comanche at Jacksboro, Coahoma at Idalou, Bangs at San Saba and Miles at Hamlin, along with my picks on the rest of the area games.

Let’s dive in. 

Here’s this week’s forecast: 

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