PREVIEW: Can the Hawks Win a District Title Outright?


BRADY – The Wall Hawks will travel east down US-87 to take on the Brady Bulldogs in their regular season finale Friday.

Last week, the Hawks beat the Early Longhorns 10-7 and gave up their only points in district so far. The Hawks came out throwing the ball and completed a 32-yard pass at the beginning of the game only to end up throwing an interception on the same drive.

Running back Nathan Pepper would eventually find the endzone to put Wall up 7-0 but Early would respond with a huge touchdown run of their own from Griffin Cheslock, who ended the game with 21 carries for 121 yards and one score.

One thing everyone heard was how few sacks the Longhorns gave up and early in the game, sophomore Brylan White got to the signal caller. Dylan Gidney, Ryan Andrews, and Logan Thomas would get to the quarterback as well.

It was a nail-biter as Wall was up by three in the final quarter, but Hawk defender William Scherr stepped in front a Jaxon Pryce pass to seal the Hawk’s victory.

This week, the Hawks will take on the Brady Bulldogs, who nearly dropped their game to the Grape Creek Eagles but pulled out a 22-19 win.

This season, Wall has put up over 3,000 yards this year with 37 touchdowns on the ground. Nathan Pepper, Garrett Guy, and Gunner Dillard lead the way with 1,792 yards and 18 touchdowns. Dane Reynolds, Landon Beeles, Luke Kemp, Jayden Sellers, and Canyon McCabe have turned in 1,042 yard and 16 scores.

Kemp is the go-to guy wide with 167 receiving yards and one score, but Logan Thomas showed up against Early with a huge grab early in the game.

On defense, White leads the team in tackles with 49 with Gidney, Thomas, and Andrews coming in second with 46 each. Both Gidney and White put unfair pressure on opposing quarteracks and have 15 sacks and 34 quarterback hurries combined. The Hawks have a total of 83 hurries and 28 sacks.

Scherr leads the team with three of the 11 total picks and Briggs Jones follows that performance up with two interceptions himself.

Brady will have to bring their A-game to beat the Hawks. What’s worse is the fact that the Bulldogs could be without their quarterback who left the Grape Creek game injured. Either way, Coach Guy will have his team prepared.

Brady is currently third in district and possibly lost their quarterback against the Eagles last week. Make no mistake, this Bulldog team can put up points as they’ve score 285 all year, an average of 31 per game. Their record doesn’t really reflect them as a team. Brady dropped three games to start the season against Comanche, Mason, and Coleman. Comanche and Mason are first place teams and Coleman is a second-place team.

They quickly turned it around with three straight wins against Dublin, Christoval, and San Angelo TLCA.

While it’s too early to say the Hawks are district champions, they will more than likely play Tornillo in the first round. Only problem is, Tornillo hasn’t been able to field a team the past couple of weeks. According to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s own Matt Stepp and Greg Tapper, should the Hawks end up district champs, Tornillo will forfeit their playoff game and it would appear as a 2-0 win for Wall.

Whichever way it goes, COVER1 will have exclusive coaches’ interviews, score updates, highlights, and more this Friday only on San Angelo LIVE!

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