Bulldogs must beat Junction in order to get into playoffs

The Junction-Brady football game here Friday (tonight) is the one each wants to win in the worst way. “If we win,” Brady coach Glen Jones said Wednesday, “We will advance into the state playoffs.” If Junction wins, they will likely advance into the playoffs, but several things have to happen in the games tonight. As things look before the game tonight, Blanco will be the first place winner of the district, followed by Comfort. Jones is excited about going into the playoffs. “When I came here two years ago, it was our goal to reach the playoffs. This week of practice has been the best we’ve had this year,” he said. “The Bulldogs are focused.” Senior outside linebacker Jon Langseth will be back in action for the game after suffering a knee injury two weeks ago. “He will be at full speed, and ready to play,” Jones said. Junction comes to town with a 3-6 overall record, and the Eagles are 1-3 in District 8-2A play. Brady is 4-5, 2-2. The Eagles have lost to San Saba, 24-7; Crane, 42-0; Reagan County, 42-24; Comfort, 40-17; Blanco, 48-0; and Mason, 17-0. Wins have been over Irion County, 42-20; Eldorado, 19-14; and Sonora, 14-7. Jones said that as Dustin and Phillip Stapp go, so go the Eagles. “Dustin is a fast, powerful fullback (5-10, 195), who has good moves with the ball. He’s also the middle linebacker,” he said. Jones said that through the previous four district games, Stapp has rushed for over 500 yards. What’s unusual is that they have only scored three touchdowns on the ground. “Nobody has stopped him,” Jones said. Stapp’s older brother is 6-3, 225 pounds and is a senior who plays tight end and defensive tackle. The Eagles, under first year head coach Luke Moody, like to run the ball and drain the clock. “They are 180 degrees out from Comfort, who passed 75 percent of the time. If we can control their running game, we’ll be in good shape,” Jones said. As for playoff opponents next week, Jones said that it could come from any of three District 7-2A schools. Kermit, Alpine and Crane are all in the picture, and it will be crystal clear after the high school games tonight. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium.

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