Brenham tops El Campo in defensive battle

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In the game of stingy defenses where both teams worked for every yard earned, it was the Brenham team that made the necessary plays to come away with a 21-13 win over El Campo in a Region III-quarterfinals game Friday night at Tully Stadium. 

The Cubs got the ball rolling first. After the Cubs' Rodney Hubert came away with a fumble recovery when the Ricebirds were in the red zone, Kendrick Washington came through with several runs to keep the chains moving. Soon after, Brenham quarterback Ty Schlottmann capped off a 7-play, 66-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown at the start of the second quarter.

For the rest of the first half it was a bend-but-don't-break situation as each defense kept the other out of the end zone. Brenham's defense held the Ricebirds from getting to outside on the power sweeps. Defenders Troy Green and Brandon Fielder were two of the many players making plenty of tackles along the stretch. 

Like most games, it was all about the game of field position, which the Cubs had the edge. In the second half, the Ricebirds came out on offense and started getting some movement. Fullback Bryan Skow lined in the backfield and kept the moving the chains for the Ricebirds. It was an 11-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a Maverick Smith 6-yard touchdown run.

The Cubs responded when Washington scored on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Schlottmann to finish off a 72-yard drive. Brenham's ability to convert fourth-downs played a big role in this game, especially when Schlottmann hit receiver Terrell Reese on a fake field goal attempt for a touchdown from 25 yards.

But the Ricebirds were not finished. They too converted a big fourth down play that set up Landon Appling to take it in from 10 yards out. But in the end, the Cubs stuffed El Campo on fourth down with a Jacob Anderson sack to end the game.

For Brenham, not a lot of yards gained, but Schlottmann was 13-of-15 for 119 yards and two touchdown passes. He also had a score rushing as well. Washington led the way on the ground with 48 yards. On the receiving end, Washington had five catches for 45 yards while Reese had three receptions for 37 yards. Both had touchdown catches.

Smith led the way for the Ricebirds with 62 rushing yards and a score.

Brenham advances to the regional semifinals round and will face the winner of Dayton/Terry. El Campo finished with an 8-3 record.

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