Bulldogs face Ballinger in Gordon Wood bowl

The Brady Bulldogs will be playing at a neutral site this weekend when they take on the Ballinger Bearcats. The two old rivals will meet in Gordon Wood Stadium in Brownwood Saturday night. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Brady coach Glen Jones is exceptionally pleased to be playing in the stadium where he played when he was in high school at Brownwood. “This is really special for me. Coach Wood was my coach, and he was a legend,” he said. Another twist about the game is that Jones coached at Ballinger in the early-mid 1990s. He even hired the Bearcats’ current coach Brent Brevard. “Brent’s father played for Ballinger in the mid-1950s,” Jones said. The Bearcats have a number of former players in the coaching business. Ballinger and Brady have been playing each other since 1926, and the Bearcats lead in the series 42-28-1. They also have won the past two meetings. Brady’s last victory came in 2004 when the Dogs won, 32-22. Ballinger won 28-0 last year. Ballinger is a member of District 6-2A that includes Bangs, Coleman, Early, Grape Creek, Jim Ned, San Saba and Wall. It’s probably the toughest district in Class 2A. Brevard’s quarterback is former wide receiver Scott Studer. They are led in the backfield by one of the Stramblers, who have haunted Brady for years. This one is Jason, a 5-9, 185-pound, running back. Last year he ran for 527 yards on 109 carries. Another top player for Ballinger is WR/DB Michael Powell, who caught 28 passes for 400 yards last year. He also had 26 tackles on defense. The Bulldogs will be attempting to rebound from a 45-6 defeat by Coleman last week. Running back Prennis Williams sparked the Dogs against the Bluecats last week by running for 101 yards on 12 carries.

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