Start the run

Brazos junior Elijah Johnson runs the ball against East Bernard last week at Cougar Stadium in Wallis.

Brazos Cougars (1-4) at Tidehaven Tigers (2-3)

Friday, October 2, 2020 — 7:30 p.m. — Delvin L. Taska Stadium

Friday’s loss to East Bernard hurts Brazos’ pride. 

But the Cougars’ goals remain in front of them. 

Brazos still has plenty of opportunities to make program history in District 14-3A DII, starting Friday night in El Maton. 

The Cougars will be on the road for the first time in district play against the Tidehaven Tigers at 7:30 p.m at Delvin L. Taska Stadium. 

Head coach David Lucio’s Tigers are 2-3 to start the season and 0-1 in district after a 26-14 home loss to Rice Consolidated.

The Tigers beat familiar foes for Brazos to open the season against Weimar (27-0) and Ganado (28-21) before losing two straight games against Palacios (13-35) and Vanderbilt Industrial (21-49). 

Brazos will face another run-first attack from Tidehaven. 

The Tigers are averaging 391.6 yards per game, including 220.6 yards per game on the ground and just under 100 yards per game passing. 

Junior quarterback Logan Crow completes 40% (33x85) of his passes for 525 yards and four touchdowns against one interception. 

 Crow is also the team’s No.1 rusher with 466 yards and seven touchdowns on 71 attempts; he checks in at fourth overall in district. 

The next option at running back is junior Jose Martinez; he has averaged 5.37 yards per carry. The Tiger has 365 yards on 68 carries. 

Crow’s top target is senior Austin Smith, the top receiver in District 14-3A DII. Smith has 13 receptions for 284 yards and three touchdowns. 

On the other side, the Tidehaven defense is second in district with 246.8 yards allowed per game. At the same time, the Tigers are third-worst in points allowed with 131. 

Brazos will attempt to get the offense rolling with junior Elijah Johnson. 

The Cougar running back is in the top 10 for rushing in the district with 254 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through five games. 

Cougars head coach Ryan Roecker has stuck with senior Jared Demny at quarterback. He was 5-for-18 for 46 yards and two interceptions against East Bernard. 

Brazos’ defense will have to improve on their performance against East Bernard last week. 

The Cougars allowed 9.18 yards per carry for 303 yards on 33 attempts in the 62-6 loss. 

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