Divison 3A-1 Week 1 Recap: Brock vs. Bushland

Gavin DunawayBy Gavin DunawayAugust 29, 20206 Minutes

Senior running back Cash Jones hustled for 241 rushing yards and four touchdowns, leading the Brock Eagles to a 55-7 victory over the Bushland Falcons.

Each of Jone’s touchdowns were runs of at least 20 yards or more, including one in which he exploded for 91 yards.

Jones has a history of running well against the Bushland Falcons, racking up over 220 yards and two touchdowns in their last matchup during the 2019-2020 postseason.

Starting quarterback Jaxon Gleaton also had a phenomenal game, throwing for 233 yards and two touchdowns on eight attempts.

His main target was Chris Palfreeman, who also had a big game with 3 receptions for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Eagle defense played pretty much lights out as well, holding the Falcons to a total of 223 yards on offense.

Even more impressive, Brock only allowed Bushland to convert one of 12 third-down attempts and zero of the Falcon’s fourth-down attempts.

Brock’s overwhelming victory against Bushland started with the big men in the trenches.

The Eagle lineman had a size advantage over the Falcons on both sides of the ball and took full advantage of it.

On offense, there were few plays in which a hole wasn’t opened up by the lineman. That’s reflected in the fact that the Eagles were averaging roughly nine yards a carry throughout the game.

The O-Line also did a great job of creating time for Gleaton in the pocket as well since the Qb’s only incompletion came off of a last-ditch effort to score before the half on a deep ball.

Brock’s defensive lineman placed a tremendous amount of pressure on Bushlands’s QB Coleman Junell. Throughout the game, Bushland was tackled for a loss four times and Junell was only able to complete nine of 21 passing attempts.

Another big aspect of the Brock Eagles’ win over the Bushland Falcons was field position.

Throughout the first half, the Eagles consistently had a starting field position between their own 35 and 45 yard-lines. They even had one start at the Bushland 28 after an interception was thrown by Junell.

The Falcons, on the other hand, had a dismal starting field position average in comparison. Only once in the first half did Bushland beyond their own 40 yard-line which came off of a fumble recovery. 

Out of their first nine possessions of the game, the Falcons only managed to start beyond their own 20 yard-line three times (including the previously mentioned fumble recovery). By the time they began trending up in better field position, they were already down by 35 points on the scoreboard.

The Eagles ultimately dominated in every facet of this football game. They’ve made a big statement to the rest of Division 3A-1 in this week one match and will be looking to keep the momentum going next week.

In their next matchup, the Brock Eagles will take on the Community Braves at home. The Braves are coming off of a week one, 42-13 loss against the Pottsboro Cardinals.

The Bushland Falcons will also have a home game in their week 2 match against the Hereford Whitefaces. Hereford enters week 2 with a 20-13 victory over the Borger Bulldogs.