Brazos senior quarterback Jared Demny supplied two rushing touchdowns to the Cougars’ efforts but it was after the host Van Vleck Leopards had already built a 40-0 lead and Brazos fell 40-14 and dropped to 1-3 within District 14-3A-D2 with one game remaining.
Demny scored from 22 and 2 yards out in the second half of the Cougars’ penultimate district contest but even that could not erase the three turnovers on Brazos’ first three possessions to start the game.
The Cougars move on to their final contest of the season at home against the Rice Consolidated Raiders who just took down the Danbury Panthers 40-0 last week to move to 2-2 in district play. Rice sits in third place in the standings ahead of the 2-2 Tidehaven Tigers because the Raiders beat the Tigers 26-14 in their district-opening game.
With Brazos just outside the playoff picture in fifth place, a win over Rice and a Danbury upset of Tidehaven could move the Cougars into the top four in the last week of the regular season.
East Bernard remains atop the standings unbeaten in district play and leads in both the points for (182) and the points against (27) categories by hefty margins. Van Vleck moved to second place on its own at 3-1 with 116 points for and 81 points against while Danbury remains last at 0-4 with only 50 points for and 185 points against.
Rice and Tidehaven are tied for fourth and both have scored 94 points in district play although the Raiders hold the edge in the points against category 56-76. Brazos has scored the fewest points (47) and has allowed the second-most points (158) in district play although it just eclipsed the century mark in points for through eight total games with the 14 points scored last week.
In the other district action this week, Van Vleck travels to East Bernard for a top-two showdown.
Overall, only East Bernard sits above .500 within the group with its 7-1 overall record and lone loss coming to No. 1 Shiner. Tidehaven is right at the even mark with a 4-4 overall record ahead of Van Vleck (3-4), Rice (3-5), Brazos (2-6) and Danbury (1-5).