For the fourth time in as many years, the Brazos Cougars are heading to the playoffs thanks to an 18-13 win over the winless Yorktown Wildcats on Oct. 18.
Despite dropping its next three contests within District 15-2A, Brazos’ win in the first week of district play ended up securing another postseason berth although they’ll square off with the Refugio Bobcats, undefeated champions from District 16.
The Bobcats allowed only 49 points to their district opponents, 13 more points than the Cougar offense scored in their four district games. The Refugio offense scored nearly 300 more points than its Brazos counterparts, registering 332 across blowout wins over Kaufer (73-0), Freer (83-14) and Ben Bolt (64-8) just to name a few.
The Cougar point allowance was middle of the pack in District 15, with a total of 132, although Shiner accounted for 63 of those just last week.
Brazos heads into the postseason with a three-game losing streak while the Bobcats last lost in the regular season on Sept. 28 of last year, a 41-8 decision to the Mart Panthers who were crowned state champions at the end of the campaign.
New head coach Ryan Roecker was welcomed with another playoff berth which extends the streak to four years now, a goal he mentioned in his first days in Wallis this summer although he knew that wasn’t going to be the only thing they focused on.
“My philosophy is when you get in education you have two paths; you can move around and chase a ring or winning, or you get into it to affect as many kids as you can,” he said in a June interview. “Yeah we’re here to win, we’re going to win, but there are other things that we’re about that will turn these guys into good men.”