Pre/Game: Bracken Christian vs. Austin Hill Country
Warriors (10-0) Knights (9-2) Game Time: 1:00 pm Saturday, November 19th Where: Marble Falls History: The Warriors lead the series, 4-2 ‘06 BCS 16 Knights 64 ‘07 BCS 54 Knights 48 ‘08 BCS 44 Knights 16 ‘09 BCS 64 Knights 72 ‘10 BCS 54 Knights 21 ‘11 BCS 68 Knights 48 This Year: AHC 48 Bracken Christian 68 AHC 88 Avalon 40 AHC 38 Richland Springs 74 AHC 90 Kerrville OLH 71 AHC 54 Tomball Rosehill 26 AHC 54 Greenville Christian 06 AHC 52 Abbott 06 AHC 54 Temple Holy Trinity 08 AHC 48 Round Rock Christian 00 AHC 48 Waco Vanguard Prep 00 AHC 68 Rockwall Heritage 36 BCS 68 Austin Hill Country 48 BCS 58 Houston Emery-Weiner 08 BCS 66 Tomball Rosehill 18 BCS 62 Round Rock Christian 00 BCS 55 NB Christian 00 BCS 68 San Antonio Lutheran 06 BCS 74 CASA 06 BCS 54 SA The Winston 00 BCS 64 Marble Falls Faith 08 BCS 79 Kerrville OLH 34
The most common denominator for this week’s game with Austin Hill Country will revolve around common opponents. There were four games that match that criteria.
Round Rock Christian was a district game for the Knights played near the end of the season, while RR was Bracken’s fourth game.
Both teams shut out the Knights from Round Rock while mercy ruling the team. The difference was the three extra touchdowns Bracken had in comparison.
Round Rock was totally dominated by the Warriors Defense while amassing one first down and a negative 17 yards of total offense.
Advantage Bracken just based on scoring three touchdowns more than Austin Hill Country.
Tomball Rosehill is next with a loss to both teams. The 28 point loss to AHC was a decent showing while BCS made Rosehill another mercy game.
Rosehill did score 18 points on Bracken and had more rushing yardage (170) than any other school was able to gain on Bracken this season.
Advantage Bracken based on being able to mercy rule Rosehill.
Kerrville OLH also received two losses to this week’s combatants.
AHC scored 90 points while giving up 71 to the Hawks. BCS once again was able to mercy their, in district friends, by allowing only 34 points to this high powered offensive team.
Advantage has to go to your Warriors based on the spread of points in the score as well as having a superior defense in points allowed.
Oh yeah, the fourth game’s common opponent was Austin Hill Country. The game was won by BCS, 68-48 which would make it hard for the Knights to claim they were better.
You can say that this was the first game of the season and your team might not have been ready…so by that logic, your team will have to improve enough to win this time around.
Problems with this logic…AHC would have to improve over 20 points in order to will a different outcome. While hoping the Warriors have not improved at all during that same time span.
So going on the, ‘We are better’, argument and The ReSporter would not argue that point, however BCS has also improved and so the game would have to be decided by intangibles of playing a game where anything can happen.
Austin Hill Country game was the last time Bracken has not been leading in a game. The Knights were ahead 48-44 going into the fourth quarter.
The Warriors scored the last 24 points while holding AHC scoreless that same quarter.
There will be three players you will hear their name called throughout the game.
Quarterback Austen Smith, Cole Bland and Brandon Simpson are the players Bracken will have to slow down or stop.
The Knights love to pass and will run if the other five options are covered. Smith had a 60 yard run for a touchdown in the earlier game against BCS.
All-State running back Grady Achilles will get more rushes in this game than he had in seven previous games. Achilles rushed for 265 yards on 20 carries against Austin Hill Country.
Sophomore Preston Koch has returned to anchor a stout defense along with Connor Simmons. Both players have improved immensely as this season has matured.
Maturation is the key word, not only for the younger players, but also another newcomer Austin Wilkinson.
The Senior Wilkinson literally shut down OLH’s Marshall Walker two weeks ago.
The game was Wilkinson’s first six-man contest and he will be another key player to watch to see if the Warriors can get stops and have the offense do their scoring to get their separation and win.
Depth will be huge as AHC tends to play the same six players on both sides of the ball, while The ReSporter has not even mentioned Ehren Jacobson, Eli Achilles, Kevin Knapick, Peter Corey, Davis Scott, Ty Zunker, Jordon McDaniel, you get the idea, etc.
How the ReSporter sees this Game:
AHC BCS Offense √√√√ √√√√ Defense √√ √√√√ Special Teams √√√ √√√√ Coaching √√√√ √√√√ Bench/Depth √ √√√ √√√√ Top Notch √√√ Top Notc √√ Top Not √ Top No
The ReSporter will have to give the Advantage to Bracken based on the main common opponent….BCS, and not thinking AHC has improved enough to overtake the 2010 State Champions.