East Bernard Brahmas (7-0) vs. Ganado Indians (5-1)
Friday,Oct. 18 — 7:30 p.m. — Memorial Stadium
The East Bernard Brahmas have been chugging along through the 2019 season, plowing over team after team in 3A. The Brahmas likely have one test remaining on the schedule in District 14-3A II that will truly push East Bernard: Ganado.
The Indians come to town on Friday night to Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. for the Brahmas’ Homecoming night.
Ganado (5-1, 2-0) has played above your ideal Homecoming opponent with the Indians touting the No. 1 offense in the district, averaging 408.7 yards per game.
The Indians are the only team in the district with over 1,000 yards rushing (1,419) and passing (1,033).
Not only has the offense been clicking, but the defense has also been stout. The Indian defenders have stacked up the No. 1 defense too, allowing 139.7 yards per contest.
Ganado is the only team to allow fewer rushing yards than East Bernard in the district, 432 to 892.
That all said, this early success for Ganado could be a product of a light schedule during the early part of the season. The Indians have only one win over a team with a winning record through week seven (Odem), and Ganado’s loss came against 3A-DI Palacios.
Ganado has faced Bloomington and Danbury to start District 14-3A DII play, doing what it was supposed to do by outscoring them 122-to-12. But it is likely the Indians won’t go unscathed with a schedule of at East Bernard, Van Vleck, at Tidehaven and Schulenburg to finish the year.
Freshman quarterback Kyle Bures-Guerrero leads the district in both rushing and passing. He has collected 627 yards and 13 touchdowns on 77 carries and thrown for 1,011 yards and 11 touchdowns against four interceptions on 66 percent passing (70x106).
Bures-Guerrero has spread the ball around to four different receivers with sophomore Riley Hurt (16 catches, 307 yards, four touchdowns), senior Cameron Bates (14 catches, 193 yards), senior Gavin Sanchez (14 catches, 284 yards, 3 touchdowns) and senior Louis Olvera (13 catches, 158 yards, 3 touchdowns).
Senior running back Ethan Guerra has been equally stout rushing for Ganado, accounting for 95 carries for 599 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is third in the district in rushing.
The Indians are hoping to build off of last year’s game against East Bernard. Ganado posted the most points of any team, including eventual state champion Newton, on the Brahmas last season in a 48-23 loss at home.