The Bellville Brahmas got out of the gate hot in their 2019 season opener, getting on the scoreboard first against the visiting Madisonville Mustangs with a Richard Reese run from 13 yards out and a successful extra-point kick from Zach Hood.
However, from there Madisonville scored on a screen before the opening quarter ended before taking advantage of a couple of fumbles, turning them into another touchdown and a field goal to make the halftime score 15-7 in favor of the Mustangs.
The second half was a stalemate and although the Brahmas suffered more turnovers, ultimately losing four of the nine total fumbles they put on the ground, the defense kept them in the game, allowing a Robert Briggs score to tie the game.
A 16-play drive that spanned the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter ended with a call to Briggs from 14 yards out and was complemented with a successful two-point conversion to tie the game at 15 with exactly eight minutes remaining in regulation although no progress was made then.
Bellville got on the board first in the extra period, with Hood knocking through a 25-yard field goal although Madisonville had its shot at the end zone coming next.
Despite looking at a 40-yard attempt, Juan Polanco had enough leg on the overtime kick but it sailed wide right and the Brahmas escaped with the season-opening win despite dropping nine fumbles, allowing 188 yards to the Mustangs and suffering five penalties for 21 yards.
Bellville will look to put together a cleaner game next week with another home game scheduled for the Pasture of Pain, this one with the Bay City Blackcats playing visitor for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday, Sept. 6.