After being forced to cancel last week’s non-district contest against Columbia with the school being closed, barring the football team from practicing, Bellville ended up with back to back open weeks ahead of its district-opening game on Oct. 9 at home against Wharton.
Brahma head football coach Grady Rowe doesn’t think the two weeks off will hinder the progress made by Austin County’s last undefeated team because of its focus.
“Our kids have done a great job so far this year by staying focused,” he said. “Monday and Tuesday last week, we were preparing like normal, and then getting the cancellation late Tuesday night, we were able to go and start an early off-week where we just got to focus on us.”
Despite efforts in attempting to find a game for this week, even as late as Monday morning, Rowe said no arrangements could be made between Bellville and nearly 10 possible schools, so the red and white had to sit on the sidelines in consecutive weeks.
The Brahmas still moved up one spot in “Dave Campbell’s” state rankings to No. 5 after the Gilmer Buckeyes fell from four to seven following a loss to the No. 1 Carthage Bulldogs. Last Week, Bellville checked in at No. 1 in the Houston-area media poll but Rowe said those numbers aren’t on the minds of the Brahmas.
“We try to ignore that stuff and just get better week by week,” he said. “Our kids have done a good job with that so far and we’ve just got to continue to do it.”
Through the four non-district contests, Bellville averaged 44.5 points per game and 415.3 yards per game while allowing 28.75 points per game leaving some room for progress according to Rowe.
“I’m happy where we are, we’ve got some improvement to do in all phases of the game, but I think every coach feels that way and we’ll continue to get to work and see what happens come district play,” he said. “Offensively we’re pretty explosive, at least right now with (running backs Robert) Briggs and (Richard) Reese continuing to provide for us with big plays and our offensive line and quarterback continue to do a good job there.”
Rowe said he is excited for district play to kick off and begin the fight for the playoffs.
“Across the state, everybody’s having to deal with COVID, so I think each week is going to be interesting with what happens and how we deal with it,” Rowe said. “I think district play will be interesting, it’ll be a tough district.”
Through it all, the Brahmas have found ties to their lost teammate Zach Hood – who died in a car accident before the season – whether it was a win margin or a final score involving his number, Rowe knows Hood’s presence is still with the team.
“It’s amazing how that number three somehow, some way or another Zach is coming up at the end of the scoreboard and we know he’s with us. We’re remembering him and trying to honor him every game,” Rowe said. “The first game, we won by three. The second game we won by 13, which is his soccer number. We won by three touchdowns. It just continues to come up each week.”