What was expected by many to be a close game turned out to be a one-sided affair with East Bernard running away with a 52-8 victory. The Brahmas advance to play Corsicana Mildred Thursday night at 8 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
East Bernard's scoring onslaught started from the get-go as 2014 prospect Trevor Long set the tone early on with an interception deep in Elysian Fields territory. A few plays later the Brahmas got on the board and never looked back as they cruised to a 38-0 halftime lead.
"The win was huge, we came in expecting them to play their hearts out and they did," Long said. "They had nothing to lose and they played a great game."
"I'm so proud of our offensive line, we executed perfectly and we're going to state."
The Brahmas are now 14-0 on the season and it's the furthest they've made it to the post season since 1982 when they played Eastland in the state final. Long, the coach's son, said it's been a long time coming for the program.
"We set a goal to get past the third round because we've been held up the past couple of years and we've gone far beyond that goal," he said. "I'm so excited."
After building such a lopsided lead at halftime, the Brahmas put the finishing touches on the blowout scoring two quick touchdowns to increase the lead to 52-0. Long and his teammates knew the Yellow Jackets had a tendency of playing very good in the second half of games.
"We had to keep the throttle down, we couldn't let up because they could've come back," he said.
At 6-foot-5, 205-pounds, Long is already receiving interest from several colleges at tight end or receiver. He already holds an offer from Rice and more could be on the way.