Abilene Wylie football dances past Brownwood for big homecoming win
The Wylie defense got a fourth-down stop on the opening drive and the offense took over from there in Friday's 49-21 homecoming win against Brownwood.
The Bulldogs (2-3) used a short field to open the scoring with an Aden Kincaid run and the rout was on. The lead grew to 35-0 at halftime and was 42-0 early in the third quarter.
"Whenever you can take over in that field position to start the game, and then capitalize on it," Wylie coach Clay Martin said. "That's been our Achilles' heel, being able to finish off drives. Just thought we were so much better at that tonight. To get up that early in the game after kicking off. To get the stop and score that early snowballs."
Brownwood (2-3) struggled from the start. The Lions turned the ball over on downs on their first drive, had two long drives stall and then went three-and-out twice and four-and-out once before their final drive of the half ended with the clock striking triple-zeros.
"I thought that Abilene Wylie came out and brought it to us," Brownwood coach Sammy Burnett said. "They were more physical. They played a faster game that we did. We weren't lining up properly. We didn't execute. We self-imploded with penalties, and it cost us. They came out ready to play and we didn't. We looked like a JV team playing a 5A varsity team."
Brownwood didn't go down without a fight as Konlyn Anderson scored in the final minute of the third quarter. The Lions got a pair of touchdown passes from Chance Jones to Jason Jackson in the fourth quarter.
"They're fighters," Burnett said of his team. "They're young, they're inexperienced, and you've got guys playing linebacker for us that were on JV (earlier this season), but that is what it is. You still have to step up, you've got to rise up, and you've got to make plays. I'm proud of the fact that they didn't quit on themselves. … I'm proud of the way they continued to fight."
But it was much too little and far too late. And when the game was on the line, the Wylie defense had the answer for Brownwood's offense.
"I thought our defense controlled the game and was dominant at times, especially early in the game," Martin said. "Obviously, it's a little frustrating there at the end. You've got to be prepared to play regardless of what the situation is. Just really proud of the way that they played and the field position they created for the offense."
After two weeks of not getting much going on the ground, the Bulldogs rushed the ball with a purpose. Six of the seven touchdowns came on the ground and the seventh, a 59-yard Braden Regala reception, was an inside toss behind the line of scrimmage that was all yards after catch.
Trey Gomez led Wylie's ground attack with 98 yards on 10 carries and a score while Josh Carpenter added 13 carries for 78 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Landry Carlton came in late and finished with 70 yards on seven carries and a touchdown while Kincaid rushed six times for 69 yards and two scores, including a 47-yard scramble.
"Those guys did a great job," Martin said. "Felt like we worked really hard all week on some specific schemes. But the emphasis was the Wylie Bulldogs and getting back to running the football. Proud of those guys up front, did a great job all night long and were able to control the game.
Even when it seemed like the Lions might be able to turn the tides, Wylie had the answer. Late in the first half, Brownwood forced and recovered a fumble. But the offense went three-and-out and the Bulldogs went on to score with 19 seconds left before halftime.
Coming out of the break, Brownwood tried and recovered an onside kick. But two plays later, JT Thompson intercepted a pass and a good return set up Wylie's next to last score.
"We finished off the first half, we did a great job of that," Martin said. "Went in at halftime and talked about how this is, maybe, the most important quarter of the year so far and then they get the onside kick. But things like that happen, you've got to respond and JT made a huge play and got us right back rolling."
With their open date and the start of district play in the next two weeks, the Bulldogs put added emphasis on playing well and winning this week to take momentum with them.
"It was a big win for us, no question about it," Martin said. "Felt like we had played some competitive games and games that could have gone a different way. To be able to come out and get a win was of paramount importance to us this week. Proud of what we're trying to build. I think everybody's bought in and believes in each other and what we're doing. It feels good to be on the other side of the win-loss column."
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► Turning point: It came early, but Wylie's defensive stop on the opening drive set the tone for the game. The Bulldogs stuffed runs on third-and-1 and fourth-and-one. The offense took over at the 29 and was in the end zone in four plays. Wylie never looked back.
► Players of the game: Wylie offensive line – It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it and the Bulldogs won at the line of scrimmage all night. They blocked for 328 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns and four players with at least 69 yards on the ground.
► Key stat: The best way to stop teams from scoring is by getting their offense off the field. The Bulldogs did that with consistency Friday, holding Brownwood to 3 of 14 on third downs and had a fourth-down stop.
"Really proud of the way we executed early on. Came out and played kind of like what we've been trying to build and get to. Great way to finish off the pre-district schedule. Looking forward to next week and our open week and continue to clean some things up."
► Coach Burnett said: "(Size) plays a factor. They're big and when you're smaller, you can't get off them, it plays a lot into it. But you can't make excuses. You've got to find a way to get the job done, that's life."
► Impact: The Bulldogs take momentum into the open week and District 3-5A Division II play. Brownwood is left with some questions to ask going into its by and then district play.
► Up next: Both teams are open next week. Brownwood takes on Midlothian Heritage at Gordon Wood Stadium in its district opener on Oct. 8 while Wylie is back at Hugh Sandifer Stadium for its district opener against Wichita Falls Rider.
Wylie 49, Brownwood 21
Brownwood 0 0 7 14—21
Wylie 14 21 7 7—49
WYL — Aden Kincaid 10 run (Grayson Bearden kick), 9:08
WYL — Trey Gomez 17 run (Bearden kick), 4:31
WYL — Kincaid 47 run (Bearden kick), 10:13
WYL — Braden Regala 59 pass from Kincaid (Bearden kick), 8:44)
WYL — Josh Carpenter 7 run (Bearden kick), 0:19
WYL — Carpenter 9 run (Bearden kick), 10:17
BWD — Konlyn Anderson 5 run (Junior Martinez kick), 0:44
WYL — Landry Carlton 19 run (Bearden kick), 7:18
BWD — Jason Jackson 23 pass from Chance Jones (Martinez kick), 6:09
BWD — Jackson 28 pass from Jones (Martinez kick), 0:57
……………… Bwd … Wyl
First downs … 21 … 25
Rushes-Yards … 39-216 … 43-328
Passing … 115 … 165
Comp-Att-Int … 13-24-1 … 8-11-0
Punts … 6-27.7 … 2-33.5
Fumbles-Lost … 1-0 … 2-1
Penalties-Yards … 4-40 … 11-100
RUSHING: Brownwood, Konlyn Anderson 23-133, Chance Jones 15-81, Jason Jackson 1-2; Wylie, Trey Gomez 10-98, Josh Carpenter 13-78, Landry Carlton 7-70, Aden Kincaid 6-69, Kade Killion 3-12, Ashton Swanson 2-11, TEAM 2-(-10).
PASSING: Brownwood, Jones 13-24-1—115; Wylie, Kincaid 8-11-0—165.
RECEIVING: Brownwood, Jackson 7-68, Thad Hines 2-18, Elias Huerta 2-18, Anderson 2-11; Wylie, Regala 3-72, Gomez 2-65, Harrison Heighten 1-15, Grayson Bearden 1-9, Carpenter 1-4.
RECORDS: Brownwood 2-3, Wylie 2-3.