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Hallettsville avoids upset against Edna (VIDEO)

By Keldy Ortiz
Nov. 2, 2013 at 6:02 a.m.

Edna Running back Marquis Bates spins and runs towards the end zone breaking away from a Brahma defender.

EDNA - Dalton Herrington wasn't surprised by Edna's ability to run Friday night and neither were his teammates.

The Hallettsville senior watched as the Cowboys had their way in the first half.

That was because of the Cowboys' Marquis Broussard who scored three touchdowns in the first half.

But that was only in the first half.

The Brahmas (9-0, 4-0) handled the adversity of being down by six points to the Cowboys ( 4-4, 2-2) going into the second half. They eliminated the deficit as the No. 6 Class 2A Brahmas went on to defeat the Cowboys 30-20 in District 14-2A Div. I play.

Herrington helped the Brahmas take a 28-20 lead late in the third quarter, thanks to a 34-yard touchdown pass.

"First half, we just battled," Herrington, who finished with two touchdowns, said. "Second half, we found an answer. "We just put another guy in the box, and we knew we had to stop (Broussard). We were able to do that and play a great second half defensively."

Broussard, who rushed for 119 yards in the first half, was limited to 19 in the second.

"He didn't surprise us," said Brahmas coach Tommy Psencik. "He has over 1,000 yards rushing on the year in eight games. We knew he was a great back, and we knew we had to gang tackle him to be successful."

Though down eight points in the fourth quarter, and on their own 7 yard line, Cowboys junior quarterback Brandon Nidey was sacked in the end zone for a safety.

The safety secured the Brahmas win and kept their 22-game regular-season winning streak intact.

"They hit us on some big plays," said Cowboys coach Mike Pierce. "We played some very tough non-district teams. Playing this team is only going to make us better next week against Rice (Consolidated) and when we get into playoffs."

Cowboys senior linebacker David Kallus led the team, limiting ways the Brahmas could score. He looked at the defeat as a confidence booster.

"My goal being the captain on defense is I got to step it up and improve them and get them pumped up," Kallus said. "Playing like the number sixth-ranked team in the state, we know we can play against everybody, so this keeps our head up high."

Psencik knew the team had to make changes in the second half defensively. He left his coordinators make changes and keep the Brahmas hopes alive for a second straight district title and go undefeated again in back-to-back years.

"I thought our coaches did a good job making adjustments," Psencik said. "It just worked out in our favor. We know we've been blessed. (Edna) had a real good game plan for us."

Now, the Brahmas will have to contend with district rival Hempstead, who also won Friday night, next week for the 14-2A district title.

Herrington, who had 81 yards, was glad to see his team go undefeated. Now, they want to start another run in his senior season.

"It means everything. We need that momentum going into the playoffs," Herrington said. "It will be our greatest competition in Hempstead. We're definitely capable of playing better than we did tonight, and we want to show it."

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