Cubs beat [this team]

If Brenham football was picking up tw0-a-days right now, this would be a post about what the football team was doing, and any other interesting tidbits going on. But since there’s not, here’s a previous story from way back when.

HOUSTON – In the playoffs, big plays make all the difference.

The Beaumont Ozen Panthers made almost all the big plays here Saturday afternoon in their 14-10 victory over the third-ranked Brenham Cubs at Aldine ISD’s Thorne Stadium.

Ozen quarterback David Green threw touchdown passes of 50 and 94 yards for the Panthers’ only two scores of the night, and the Ozen defense held Brenham to 212 yards of total offense.

“We get so obsessed into thinking we’ve got a good team so we’re going to go to state or do this or do that,” Brenham (11-1) coach Glen West said. “Tonight we just played against a really good team that’s playing really well right now. I truly thought until right there at the end that we were going to win. I honestly didn’t feel like we played poorly. We were well-prepared and we played well, we just ran into a good team.”

Ozen scored on its first possession of the ballgame on a 50-yard go route from Green to Leeland Hamilton.

The Cubs answered with a touchdown of their own to cap off a 15-play, 58-yard drive when Dean Haveman scored on a quarterback sneak. Brenham’s possession ate more than eight minutes off the game clock.

After Ozen turned the ball over on downs, the Cubs took the lead with a 39-yard field goal by Haiden Lane.

By halftime, the Cubs had managed just three possessions resulting in one touchdown, a field goal and a turnover by downs. Ozen had the ball just four times in the first half.

“We weren’t counting on their willingness to eat the clock,” West said. “We thought we would be the ones trying to eat the clock.”

The Cubs did exactly that in the second half, owning the ball for most of the third quarter, but not getting any points to show for it. In the second quarter, safety Justin Davis had picked off a pass to set the offense up in Ozen territory, but the Cubs were unable to take advantage.

In the third quarter it was safety Shea Nutt’s turn to pick off a pass from Green. Again, the Cubs couldn’t take advantage. Brenham faked a 25-yard field goal, and Haveman’s pass into the end zone hit the receiver in the hands and bounced away, giving Ozen the ball on downs.

On their second play from scrimmage, the Panthers took advantage as Green found Nicholas Nelson, the fifth-place finisher in last season’s Class 4A state 100 meters, on a slant pattern that Nelson took 94 yards to the end zone.

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