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Brahmas rally with 22 fourth quarter points in 42-21 victory

By Keldy Ortiz
Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:29 a.m.


MANOR - Even with a sore shoulder, sophomore Kaden Hardt knew he was going to play for Hallettsville Friday night.

Hardt's help came when the Brahmas (13-0) needed it the most against McGregor (11-2).

The two-year varsity starter had 16 carries and 116 yards rushing in the Brahmas' 42-21 victory over McGregor at Manor Mustang stadium. The Brahmas will face Cameron Yoe in the Class 2A, Division I quarterfinal round next Friday night at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos at 7:30 p.m.

For Hardt, his 12th carry was a 1 yard touchdown run to put the Brahmas up 20-14 in the fourth quarter. Though the Bulldogs scored again, the Brahmas scored another 22 points to punch a ticket to the quarterfinal round.

"Coach P (Tommy Psencik) always tells us we need to step up and play your hardest," Hardt said. "I believe we all played as a team very well, and people stepped up when they needed to step up. They all had another gear and we fought through pain."

Brahmas coach Psencik knew having Hardt on the field could provide an extra arsenal against the Bulldogs passing attack.

And it worked.

"He trains extremely hard," Psencik said about Hardt. "He played with a sore shoulder and did a great job for us and answered. We talked to him before the game about stepping up against adversity."

Hardt was on last season's team which advanced to the quarterfinal round, he did not play as much.

The Brahmas carried a 12-7 lead at halftime against the Bulldogs, but it was erased by the end of the third quarter as they were down 14-12. It was the fourth time all season, the Brahmas were down in a game.

Senior Tim Sheppard was glad to see his teammates step up when they were needed, including Hardt.

"Hardt is a great runner," Sheppard, who finished with two touchdowns, said. "He has a lot of room to improve. I just think he's going to be a great runner his junior year, (and) senior year. We're playing Cameron Yoe, so Hardt will be there."

Cameron Yoe, in route to their state title run last season, defeated the Brahmas. Psencik said the team looked forward to the challenge.

"It's all one game at a time," Psencik said. "We realize Cameron's got a good ball club. We feel like we do too."

With a week before the Brahmas play again, the team will savor the victory, but not look past next week.

"It helps us, because we take it day by day, game by game," Hardt said. "We got to get better every week and it just helps us."

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