Garrett Stuteville dove over the goal line on a one yard run early in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7, but it would be the lone score for the Steers, as Big Spring falls in their district opener 38-7.
Stuteville's score came as a result of an interception by Lukas Falcon, as the Steers defense held the powerful running game of Brownwood close during the first half.
âThat seems to be our M.O.,â Big Spring's head coach Phillip Ritchey said. âWe can keep them close for a half.â
Coach Ritchey's Steers found themselves in a battle of running games Friday night, as high winds made passing next to impossible. Stuteville did attempt seven passes, but was only able to complete one, hitting Devin Roberson for four yards.
âThe wind made the passing game nonexistent for half the game, taking it completely out of the playbook when you were facing it,â Coach Ritchey said. âWe tried to play a field position game, forcing Brownwood to punt into the wind. Unfortunately, both quarters where we had the wind at our backs, Brownwood was able to put together a long, sustained drive and eat up the clock. In the third quarter, we only got three plays with the wind behind us.â
In fact, Brownwood never punted in the game, compiling 325 rushing yards and 23 first downs. Big Spring reached the first down marker 10 times and had 109 yards on the ground, with 70 coming by the feet of Michael Vanderbilt.
The Steers fall to 0-7 on the year and 0-1 in district play.
Brownwood - 38
Big Spring - 7
Brownwood Big Spring
First Downs 23 10
Rushes -yards. 52-325 30-109
Passing - yards. 36 4
Comp.-Att.-Int. 3-10-1 1-7-0
Punts-Avg. 0-0 4-38.5
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-yards. 6-50 4-20
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