Wildcats make Brahmas work for win
By Roger Cowan
Friday night marked the season opener for Yorktown Wildcat football, and they found a tough opponent in the Stockdale Brahmas. With Hurricane Harvey throwing a tropical monkey wrench into the plans of area teams, schedules had to be rearranged. Instead of Yorktown facing Shiner St. Paul and Stockdale squaring off against Industrial, Yorktown traveled to Stockdale to face the Brahmas on their own Bobby Russel Field. Each team had little time to prepare for one another, which made for an interesting defensive battle. Both teams had five offensive players returning from the previous year, with the defensive side of the ball seeing seven return players for Yorktown and six for Stockdale.
Throughout the first half, both teams struggled to find the endzone. Going into halftime, the scoreboard still showed both teams without a point. Ranking sites listed Yorktown as one of the Brahmas biggest challenges for this year, and it looked as if they well deserved it. Stockdale, a 3A school ranked 71st coming into the game, has won four of their last five meetings.
The third quarter saw the first points of the game, with the Wildcats coming out strong and finding the endzone. The point after attempt missed the mark, but Yorktown was fired up both on the field and in the stands. Fourteen minutes later, with 2 minutes left in the quarter, the Brahmas would fire back with a touchdown and extra point. The close of the third would find the score at 7-6 in the Brahmas favor.
The fourth quarter showed signs of the hard fought defensive battle of the first half. Stockdale was the only team to find the endzone, bringing the score to 14-6 with 7:20 left in the game. This would prove to be the last point scored as time ticked away, neither team managing to reach the endzone. With 45 seconds left, the Brahmas regained possesion and took a knee twice to end the game.
The Wildcats fought hard and will carry that determination, and home field advantage, into next week’s game against the Randolph Ro-Hawks. Randolph, another 3A-1 opponent, fell to Poth 32-26 in their season opener. Yorktown is once again ranked as one of the three toughest opponents for this team. In their last meeting, Yorktown came out on top and will be looking to continue that trend.