Bellaire wins, but looks ahead in 20-5A

At TexasPrepInsider our tag line is ‘We are There.' Well that was the case as we bring you coverage from the Week 5 Saturday match up between Houston Bellaire and Houston Austin. Game day coverage from TPI is free so check out this game wrap up.

Houston Bellaire's offense had 302 total yards and the defense earn a shut out as the Cardinals advance to 3-1 with a win over Houston Austin 36-0. 

"We weren't' hitting on all cylinders like I thought we would. In the first drive they (Austin) came out and had us a little shaky," Bellaire coach Jeff Walker said. "But we settled down went to the ground game and the offensive line just took control from there. "

And yes the ‘Hogs went to work. Behind the two offensive line leaders, Joe Okafor and Devin Lewis, the Cardinals racked up 207 yards on the ground. Running back Eric Deveaux led the way with 92 yards and three scores. 

While the first half was primarily the running game, the second half (even though by the flow of the game was not needed), Bellaire decided to throw out a few passes. Quarterback Adrian Nelson was very mobile in the pocket and was 9-of-16 for 101 yards and a touchdown. 

Nelson connected with Derwyn Lauderdale five times for 65 yards and a score. For Austin, quarterback Stephen Taylor was the team's leading contributor with 66 total yards.

But despite the fact that the Cardinals had a sizable led by the second half, Walker wanted to measure all aspects of the game before heading into the always-competitive 20-5A district.

"We wanted to work on everything because we have to have all our guns loaded next week when we play Madison," Walker said. "We had to make sure we had ourselves covered and got to see all aspects of the game."

Though Walker and the Bellaire organization do not want to look too far ahead, they do want to be sure and be prepared because he said that this journey to postseason play would be no cakewalk. 

"Every week is a battle and Madison is probably the best team I have seen since I have been (seven years) at Bellaire," Walker said. "They are so solid and I got to watch them last night. They are physical on defense. They play tough man-to-man and a three-deep coverage mixed in."

Walker spoke on the other major players in 20-5A as well.

"Of course you know Lamar is Lamar, and with Chavez you know what they have done the last couple of years," Walker said. "Westside is always dangerous so we have our work cut out over the next couple of weeks. As for us, I think we are very talented and hard working and this is probably the best offensive line we have had in six years.

"With the two running backs we have (Chris Hensley, Deveaux), I think we will be in the playoffs. I'm not going to say that I know we will be in, but it's just a matter of who we are going to knock out to make it in."

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