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Brazos Christian Eagles vs Calvary Christian Conquerors

November 18, 2019
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Facing adversity is something that the Brazos Christian Eagles have gotten quite used to this season; due to many of  their key players having to overcome injuries. But none of this has slowed them down in the slightest, as they started their playoff journey with a bi-district matchup against the Calvary Christian Conquerors this past Friday Night. Instead of battling the injury bug this evening, they battled mother nature as the conditions were less than ideal for any team; much less a team that has a Run and Gun offense such as the Eagles. Coach Hoffmeier stated in our post-game interview that he, “believed going into the game that they could still run their offense the way they have been doing all year; as they thought the key to victory was staying true to themselves.” While elaborating more on the game itself he began to praise his team stating that he was, “proud of his team’s gritty performance and the way they hung in there not allowing the game to slip away from them when Calvary Christian gained a little momentum.” While the combination of the weather and the first-round jitters may have been the reason for some of the mishaps that took place, overall, he could not have been happier with the performance that he saw Friday night.

 The Eagles started slower than we are used to seeing this year only scoring one touchdown in the first quarter. Coming off of a 3-yard run by Grant Hancock, making it 7-0 Eagles, before Calvary Christian came back to tie it up in the second quarter, with their Quarterback Teshaun Manning completing a 5-yard touchdown pass of his own, making it 7-7 early in the second quarter. The Eagles decided to turn it on right before the half, making it 21-7 entering halftime, coming from touchdown passes by quarterback Bryce Steel, one a 7-yard pass to Jacob Smith and another one coming off a 30-yard bomb to Hayden Tillery. Coming into the second half the offense looked like they settled in, starting quickly with a 15-yard run by Harris Powers making the score 27-7 with 9:33 left in the third quarter, and eventually extending the lead to 33-14 with 4:56 in the third quarter on another touchdown connection between Bryce Steel and Jacob Smith. As the momentum looked like it was going to carry the Eagles to an easy victory a couple of mishaps happened that brought Calvary Christian back into the game; with a tipped interception and return for a touchdown by Luke Anderson of Calvary Christian, as well as another tipped interception the next drive leading to another score. The 4th quarter soon went from being a runaway score of 34-14 to a 34-28 ballgame with 9 minutes left in the game. Quarterback, Bryce Steel and the Eagles defense soon put that thought to rest as he scored two touchdowns in the remaining time, completing a 23-yard pass to Trevor Collins for a touchdown, and also completing his third touchdown to Jacob Smith on a 12 yard pass to pretty much seal the deal, while the defense held Calvary Christian scoreless leading to a 48-28 final score.

While the Eagles put up 48 points in this ballgame behind Bryce Steel’s 25-41 night with 295 yards and 5 touchdowns, the defense is what really set them apart in this ballgame as they were playing with a purpose all night. Levi Hancock, number 50, a sophomore defensive lineman for the Eagles put up historic numbers in this ballgame garnering 16 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, and 2 QB hurries on his way to being nominated for Brazos Valley bi-district football player of the week. The defensive output was also followed by Coby Clark who added 10 tackles of his own with 3 pass deflections, Davis Carrol who added 9 tackles with 1 tackle for loss, and Grant Hancock who was granted the task of spying the opposing teams best player in Teshaun Manning all night not letting him break free with any big plays that could have shifted the momentum in favor of Calvary Christian. Coming off this complete team victory and looking forward to the next round of the playoffs, the next opponent for the Eagles entering the second round is Hallettsville Sacred Heart on Saturday in Giddings with a time that is to be determined. The approach will be relatively the same for the Eagles as Hallettsville Sacred Heart is very similar to Calvary Christian, in the fact that they have a very mobile, athletic quarterback according to Coach Hoffmeier, “who believes that the key to success moving forward is staying with their game plan and attacking the other team with their high-powered offense and gritty defense.”

Facing adversity is something that the Brazos Christian Eagles have gotten quite used to this season; due to many of  their key players having to overcome injuries. But none of this has slowed them down in the slightest, as they started their playoff journey with a bi-district matchup against the Calvary Christian Conquerors this past Friday Night. Instead of battling the injury bug this evening, they battled mother nature as the conditions were less than ideal for any team; much less a team that has a Run and Gun offense such as the Eagles. Coach Hoffmeier stated in our post-game interview that he, “believed going into the game that they could still run their offense the way they have been doing all year; as they thought the key to victory was staying true to themselves.” While elaborating more on the game itself he began to praise his team stating that he was, “proud of his team’s gritty performance and the way they hung in there not allowing the game to slip away from them when Calvary Christian gained a little momentum.” While the combination of the weather and the first-round jitters may have been the reason for some of the mishaps that took place, overall, he could not have been happier with the performance that he saw Friday night.

 The Eagles started slower than we are used to seeing this year only scoring one touchdown in the first quarter. Coming off of a 3-yard run by Grant Hancock, making it 7-0 Eagles, before Calvary Christian came back to tie it up in the second quarter, with their Quarterback Teshaun Manning completing a 5-yard touchdown pass of his own, making it 7-7 early in the second quarter. The Eagles decided to turn it on right before the half, making it 21-7 entering halftime, coming from touchdown passes by quarterback Bryce Steel, one a 7-yard pass to Jacob Smith and another one coming off a 30-yard bomb to Hayden Tillery. Coming into the second half the offense looked like they settled in, starting quickly with a 15-yard run by Harris Powers making the score 27-7 with 9:33 left in the third quarter, and eventually extending the lead to 33-14 with 4:56 in the third quarter on another touchdown connection between Bryce Steel and Jacob Smith. As the momentum looked like it was going to carry the Eagles to an easy victory a couple of mishaps happened that brought Calvary Christian back into the game; with a tipped interception and return for a touchdown by Luke Anderson of Calvary Christian, as well as another tipped interception the next drive leading to another score. The 4th quarter soon went from being a runaway score of 34-14 to a 34-28 ballgame with 9 minutes left in the game. Quarterback, Bryce Steel and the Eagles defense soon put that thought to rest as he scored two touchdowns in the remaining time, completing a 23-yard pass to Trevor Collins for a touchdown, and also completing his third touchdown to Jacob Smith on a 12 yard pass to pretty much seal the deal, while the defense held Calvary Christian scoreless leading to a 48-28 final score.

While the Eagles put up 48 points in this ballgame behind Bryce Steel’s 25-41 night with 295 yards and 5 touchdowns, the defense is what really set them apart in this ballgame as they were playing with a purpose all night. Levi Hancock, number 50, a sophomore defensive lineman for the Eagles put up historic numbers in this ballgame garnering 16 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, and 2 QB hurries on his way to being nominated for Brazos Valley bi-district football player of the week. The defensive output was also followed by Coby Clark who added 10 tackles of his own with 3 pass deflections, Davis Carrol who added 9 tackles with 1 tackle for loss, and Grant Hancock who was granted the task of spying the opposing teams best player in Teshaun Manning all night not letting him break free with any big plays that could have shifted the momentum in favor of Calvary Christian. Coming off this complete team victory and looking forward to the next round of the playoffs, the next opponent for the Eagles entering the second round is Hallettsville Sacred Heart on Saturday in Giddings with a time that is to be determined. The approach will be relatively the same for the Eagles as Hallettsville Sacred Heart is very similar to Calvary Christian, in the fact that they have a very mobile, athletic quarterback according to Coach Hoffmeier, “who believes that the key to success moving forward is staying with their game plan and attacking the other team with their high-powered offense and gritty defense.”

 
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