Edna, Hallettsville fight for share of district crown
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EDNA COWBOYS AT HALLETTSVILLE BRAHMAS
7:30 p.m. at Brahma Memorial Stadium in Hallettsville
RADIO: KIOX 96.1 FM (Edna)
Football coaches try to stress to their players that each game is just as important as the other nine. However, Friday night's match up between Edna and Hallettsville may be the most important one of the regular season.
Whoever emerges as the winner in Hallettsville on Friday night will more than likely end the season as District 14-2A champions.
"Whoever wins is definitely going to in first place for the time being," Hallettsville head coach Tommy Psencik said.
"We're just taking it one game at a time," Edna head coach Mike Pierce said. "We have a chance to win the district championship."
Hallettsville enters Friday night's match up ranked seventh in the state and with a perfect 8-0 overall record and 3-0 in district play. Edna stands at 6-2 overall and 3-0 in district play. The two squads hold the top two spots in District 14-2A.
For the Cowboys, Hallettsville represents one of their toughest opponents to date.
"They're probably the most balanced football team we've faced so far," Pierce said. "They can throw the ball or run it and you don't when they will throw or run."
The Brahmas boast the best offense among District 14-2A schools and one of the most balanced. They've rushed for 1,718 yards and thrown for another 1,650. Running back Tedrick Smith leads the district in rushing with 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns, while quarterback Carson Schindler is second in passing with 1,211 yards and 12 scores.
"Our offense is set up to be balanced," Psencik said. "It's very important that we're equal in runs to passes and mixing it up with different players."
Edna, however, is no slouch on the offensive side of the ball. The Cowboys average 374.6 yards per game which mostly comes from their rushing attack. The only team to average more yards is Hallettsville with over 400 per game.
Running back Dominic Gossen and quarterback DeQuan Cantu combine to form one of the most dangerous backfield combinations in the Crossroads. The duo has combined for over 1,600 yards of total offense and 21 touchdowns. They're also two of the fastest players.
"Gossen and Cantu together are both extremely gifted in the open field and in one-on-one situations," Psencik said. "They're quick and can play ball."
On the defensive side of the ball, Edna gives up roughly 100 yards per game more than the Brahmas. However, they've been stingy with their points allowed, giving up more than 30 points just twice (56 points to Refugion and 35 to Hempstead).
Hallettsville's defense ranks second among District 14-2A opponents, giving up an average of 248.5 yards per game. The Brahmas also rank near the top in takeaways with 17, including 11 interceptions. However, the only team ranked above them is Edna with 23 (13 interceptions and nine fumble recoveries).
Despite what the stat sheet may say about the two squads, the Cowboys and Brahmas are evenly matched and both the fans and players are in position for a great game in Hallettsville Friday night.
"I think this is what high school football is all about. This is the fun part," Pierce said. "Every kid who has played football thinks about the big games. This is a great opportunity to play in great football atmosphere and in front of a big crowd."