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GAME STORY: Late Brownwood rally falls short as Glen Rose locks up district title

BROWNWOOD — For three full quarters, visiting Glen Rose held Brownwood in a defensive vice grip in Tuesday’s District 6-4A matchup. That is, until the Lions switched to full-court defensive pressure down the stretch to put a late scare into the Tigers. 

Leading 32-14 after shutting Brownwood out in the third quarter, Glen Rose saw its lead cut to as little as six in the final minutes of a 43-34 win at BHS. 

Caden Schinagel scored 12 points and Caden Smith dropped in 10 more to pace Glen Rose (23-2, 7-0), which locked up the district title with the win. 

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2020 BROWNWOOD FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Youthful Lions to rely on big offensive line to get them through

The good news for Brownwood and third-year coach Sammy Burnett is that the Lions will field a large, physical team, backed with talented, albeit, green skill people. 

The bad news is, they’ll have to demonstrate it in what many believe is Texas’ toughest 4A district. 

The Lions, as fate would have it, are stuck in District 5-4A DI — which by many coaching accounts is a league that borders on ridiculous in terms of difficulty. 

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WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN: COVID-19 delay may give Brownwood’s McCarty a chance to compete at state

The “What Might Have Been” feature series is Big Country Preps’ effort to celebrate area athletes who have seen their seasons affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The series will continue through June 15 or until the UIL rules that high school athletics statewide may resume. If you have a suggested story for the “What Might Have Been” series, please contact Big Country Preps at Evan.Ren@BigCountryPreps.com.

A.J. McCarty was already injured and out of action when COVID-19 stopped UIL spring sports on March 10. He’s also one of the few athletes who could actually benefit from a lengthy delay — if spring sports do return for the 2019-2020 school year.

A four-sport athlete for Brownwood, McCarty was late joining the Lions’ track and field team this spring because he was helping the basketball team win 28 games and advance to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs. On March 4 during his first week with the track team, McCarty fell while practicing handoffs for the 4×100-meter relay and suffered a broken wrist.

“We weren’t going full speed, and I ran up on the other guy too quick,” McCarty said. “I got too close to him, and I stepped on his heel. I couldn’t control myself and fell.”

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brownwood’s Thompson snags first award of 2020

As the Brownwood Lady Lady Lions gain momentum as a team, their offensive leader has remained steady throughout an up-and-down 13-9 season and current five-game winning streak. 

Senior forward Matyah Thompson, has been a rock of consistency thus far, but most recently her efforts placed her among the area’s elite — so much so that she has garnered our first Big Country Preps Player of the Week award of 2020. 

That’s saying a lot, considering this week’s award is the only accolade we give over the span of two weeks, to cover games played over the Christmas break. And as you’ll see, there were several great efforts from players around the area. 

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District 5-4A Division I: Week 10 Report

Stephenville 49, Gatesville 24 Coach Sterling doty’s Yellow Jackets (5-4, 2-2) piled up 503 yards in total offense, including 386 rushing yards to lock up a playoff berth. 

Stephenville will now enjoy a bye week in preparation for the playoffs. 

Gatesville (0-9, 0-4) was mathematically eliminated from the playoff hunt with the loss. 

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Mistakes, La Vega speed cost Brownwood in loss

BROWNWOOD — No. 3 Waco La Vega may have been as fast and as athletic as advertised. But once the Brownwood Lions examine the videotape of Friday’s Big Country Preps Game of the Week, they may very well find that their 31-14 loss was winnable. 

Elisha Cummings rushed for 76 yards and two scores to lift La Vega (8-1, 3-0 District 5-4A DI), which clinched the district title with only 285 yards in total offense. 

Brownwood, which hurt itself with a pair turnovers, fell to 8-1 and 2-1 with its first loss of the year. 

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District 5-4A Division I: Week 7 Report

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Brownwood 49, Gatesville 0 Reece Rodgers rushed for 215 yards and three scores and Drew Huff threw for 182 yards and three scores to lead Brownwood (7-0, 1-0) which continues to play in a dominating fashion. 

The Lion defense posted its third straight shutout and fourth overall while collecting the win.

Brownwood will now move into its bye week, prior to facing archrival Stephenville on Oct. 25. 

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FEATURE: Undefeated Lions led by lightning-quick defense

2019 Brownwood Snyder

It’s not difficult to discover why the Brownwood Lions are 5-0 and ranked in the top 10 in Class 4A Division I. Their defense is allowing 6.4 points per game and has recorded two shutouts.

“We’re thrilled, obviously,” said David Jones, Brownwood’s second-year defensive coordinator. “It gets harder to defend teams every year with the way they spread the field and the number of snaps they’re getting.

“But we believe that if each player will take care of his business, we’ll be tough to score on.”

Brownwood is fresh off its second shutout this year — a 33-0 win Friday over Class 5A DII Abilene Wylie — a game in which the Lions’ defense allowed only 109 total yards. The other shutout was 10-0 over 3A DI state-ranked Brock in the season opener. Sandwiched between the shutouts are wins overs Snyder (70-3), Graham (28-14) and Wichita Falls Rider (37-15). Brownwood will play its final nondistrict game Friday against Conroe Grand Oaks, a new program that will join the UIL next season.

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Big Country Preps Player of the Week: Brownwood senior Ellett tosses two no-nos to take award

No-hitters are fairly common in fastpitch softball, but they are to be respected, nonetheless — especially when someone throws two of them in one week. 

Chyanne Ellett, Brownwood’s senior ace who has been among the area’s top hurlers since her freshman year, accomplished the feat last week in a 5-0 win over Chisholm trail and a 1-0 loss to Granbury that saw GHS pitcher Alison Been match Ellett’s no-no with one of her own. 

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