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Prihoda headed to Mary Hardin Baylor

By BY MIKE FORMAN - MFORMAN@VICAD.COM
Feb. 14, 2013 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:14 p.m.

Carthage quarterback Blake Bogenschutz   makes his way down the sidelines before El Campo linebacker Brett Prihoda during the El Campo's  Class 3A Division I state semifinal game against Carthage  at the Lamar University Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont.

Brett Prihoda was impressed when he visited Mary Hardin Baylor over the weekend.

"It was a very nice campus," Prihoda said. "The football program and the facilities are outstanding."

The El Campo senior will be returning to Belton in the fall after agreeing to play football for the NCAA Division III school.

"That is one of the best programs," said El Campo coach Bob Gillis. "They're building a new on-campus stadium. It's the best Division III program in Texas."

The 6-foot, 205-pound Prihoda was a first-team all-state selection at linebacker after leading El Campo in tackles last season.

Prihoda had 170 tackles, including seven sacks, one interception, caused two fumbles and recovered one as the Ricebirds went 14-1 and advanced to the Class 3A, Division I state final.

"They really liked what they saw on film," Gillis said. "He was always around the football. I think he'll fit right in."

Prihoda will join former El Campo teammates Bryan Sparks and D'Vonte Wells at Mary Hardin Baylor.

Prihoda is unsure what his playing status will be next season, but hopes to be a part of a championship team.

"We went to state last season, but we didn't get that ring," he said. "I want to follow that up and get one."

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