SNYDER - After two lackluster offensive performances to open the season, the Brownwood Lions roared to life Friday night with a 49-14 victory over the Snyder Tigers.
Brownwood (1-2) scored on its first six possessions, including all four in the first half, en route to a 411-yard performance. The Lions had not scored more than seven points in a game this season, while Snyder (0-3) has now given up 154 points through three contests.
“This win was huge for us,” said Lions fourth-year head coach Bob Shipley. “It won’t define our season, but it was huge to get a win and get some confidence going with a big game coming against Wylie next week.”
The Lions will host the former district rival and state-ranked Abilene Wylie Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Gordon Wood Stadium.
Quarterback Chris Keesee, coming off a three-interception performance in last week’s 28-7 loss to Graham in the home opener, completed 19 of 24 passes for 285 yards with five touchdowns. Meanwhile, Cooper Howey, who caught 10 passes for 110 yards last week, grabbed 12 receptions for 182 yards with four trips to the end zone.
“Cooper is obviously our go-to guy and we need to get him as many touches as we can every game,” Shipley said. “Chris was putting the ball on the money and only had one bad throw and a couple of drops. This was a big confidence builder.”
Brownwood also rushed for 136 yards after producing just 92 yards on the ground over the first two games, and a mere 18 yards a week. Behind the line of Caleb Wilbourn, Kevin Hobbs, Cody Skains, Jaylen Bocknite and Michael Livingston, Daylon Johnson picked up a team-high 65 yards while Braxton Kilgo, who contributed two touchdowns, added 56 yards.
“We finally got the running game going and I was proud of the way the offensive line played,” Shipley said. “Our backs and receivers also came up with several big plays. I was really pleased with the offense.”
Defensively, the Lions caused five turnovers and held Snyder to 289 yards of total offense, which included 175 rushing by quarterback Brandon Davis, as well as 83 passing - with two interceptions.
“Snyder has a good offense and we were getting gashed at times, but we’d come up with a turnover,” Shipley said. “After our interception we were able to get the ball back and also after the punt. Our defense was more bend but not break, but they’ll have to get a lot better before Wylie.”
Brownwood created a turnover on Snyder’s opening possession as Hobbs pounced on a Davis fumble at the Snyder 30 just 2:29 into the contest.
Five plays later, the Lions matched their season high in points as Kilgo recorded the first of his two 2-yard touchdown runs and Matt McCrane chipped in the extra point to stake Brownwood to a 7-0 lead at the 7:28 mark of the first period.
The Lions’ second drive began on their own 37 after a 12-yard Snyder punt and Brownwood needed nine plays to establish a new season high in points on Kilgo’s second 2-yard touchdown carry with 11:33 left before halftime.
Brownwood tacked on two more touchdowns before halftime as the
Lions’ next drive covered 68 yards in eight plays before Keesee connected with Eddie Duque on a 29-yard scoring toss with 4:15 left in the second period.
A Kaimon Ontiveros interception at the Snyder 39 with 3:26 left before intermission set up the
Lions’ fourth touchdown of the half as Howey - whose last four receptions all accounted for six points - hauled in a 9-yard scoring toss from Keesee with 37 seconds left to give Brownwood a 28-7 edge at the break.
The Lions’ first drive of the second half began at their own 44 and three plays into the possession Keesee connected with Howey on a 50-yard go route to boost the advantage to 35-7 just 1:26 into the third quarter.
Brownwood then moved 46 yards in eight plays to conclude its sixth consecutive scoring drive as Howey caught a 9-yard toss in the back of the end zone from a scrambling Keesee for a 42-7 lead with 4:36 left in the third period.
Following a 48-yard touchdown run by Davis, who also scored on a fourth-and-goal 1-yard run in the second period that trimmed the Lions’ lead to 14-7, Brownwood tacked on its final touchdown for the 35-point margin of victory.
After a recovering a fumble on a punt return by Snyder, the Lions traveled 21 yards in five plays with Keesee connecting with Howey on a 19-yard scoring toss with 9:10 remaining.
Lions 49, Snyder 14
Brownwood 7 21 14 7 - 49
Snyder 0 7 0 7 - 14
B: Braxton Kilgo 2 run (Matt McCrane kick), 7:28, 1st
B: Kilgo 2 run (McCrane kick), 11:33, 2nd
S: Brandon Davis 1 run (Chance Reneau kick), 7:13, 2nd
B: Eddie Duque 29 pass from Chris Keesee (McCrane kick), 4:05, 3rd
B: Cooper Howey 8 pass from Keesee (McCrane kick), 0:37, 2nd
B: Howey 50 pass from Keesee (McCrane kick), 10:34, 3rd
B: Howey 9 pass from Keesee (McCrane kick), 4:36, 3rd
S: Davis 48 run (Reneau kick), 3:09, 3rd
B: Howey 19 pass from Keesee (McCrane kick), 9:10, 4th
First Downs 26 15 Total Offense 411 289 Rushes-Yards 8-126 29-206
Passing Yards 285 83
C-A-I 19-24-1 10-21-2
Fumbles Lost 0 3
Penalties 1-35.0 2-22.5
Punts 3-30 5-35
B: Daylon Johnson 18-65, Braxton Kilgo 17-56, Eddie Duque 2-13, Chris Keesee 1-(-8)
S: Brandon Davis 23-175
B: Chris Keesee 19-24-1-285
S: Brandon Davis 10-21-2-83
B: Cooper Howey 12-182, Matt McCrane 3-29, Kaimon Ontiveros 2-32, Eddie Duque 1-29, Braxton Kilgo 1-13
S: Felix Martinez 5-51