Undefeated Brahmas ready to battle Lago Vista

Julie Garcia By Julie Garcia

Nov. 14, 2013 at 5:14 a.m.

Celebration was sweet but short-lived in Hallettsville after the Brahmas won their second consecutive District 14-2A Division I championship last week.

This is the second 10-0 season in a row for Hallettsville, something coach Tommy Psencik attributes to his selfless players.

"That's one thing that stands out with this team and last year's team - they're very unselfish," Psencik said. "A lot of these kids were part of last year's team. They always think of their teammates and others first and what's best for them."

The back-to-back district championships and undefeated regular seasons have been positive not only for the Brahmas but also the town.

"It's kind of what made it really special for this community," Psencik said. "The main thing is (the players have been) raised really well; (they have) good morals and have always been hard workers. They believe in each other."

The No. 7 Brahmas will take on Lago Vista (7-3) on Friday night in La Vernia.

Earlier this season, Lago Vista defeated Refugio in a district game, the only team to do so since 2006.

Psencik said the kids have worked especially hard this week in preparation for Lago Vista.

"They're getting after it as usual," he said. "We don't look at the rankings; we don't talk about it or mention it because we know it's one game at a time."

Lago Vista has lost three games this season, scoring only one touchdown in each against Troy and Grandview and losing by six to McGregor.

Psencik suspects Lago Vista's losses may have been because of injuries, but he isn't certain.

"They are a very gifted team," Psencik said. "They'll be the best fourth-place team in the whole state of Texas."

Besides losing a wide receiver two weeks ago to a knee injury, Hallettsville has been healthy all season.

After the team's victory last week against Hempstead, linebacker Justin Reeves said the defense will make a championship run for the Brahmas.

Psencik echoes the sentiment but knows it's about the team overall.

"Offense has to be on point, but we put a lot of emphasis on defense here," he said.

While the Hallettsville coaching staff will keep up with playoff wins and losses, Psencik said they try not to think ahead.

Refugio (9-1) will be taking on Nixon-Smiley (6-4) in Victoria.

"We focus on what we have on hand right now," he said. "We just feel really fortunate to be where are and hope we can be there next week."



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