Indians build three-touchdown lead through air
There’s no doubt that Brackenridge is a second-half team.
After wiping out a three-touchdown deficit against Edison in its district opener, the Eagles (2-2, 2-0) scored 24 points after halftime Saturday at Alamo Stadium. In a battle of preseason District 28-5A co-favorites, Brackenridge prevailed 24-21 over Harlandale (2-2, 1-1).
As they had a week earlier, the tandem of Eagles quarterback Antonio Lopez (20 of 28, 282 yards) and receiver Lee Terrell (133 yards, 6 receptions) fired the comeback. They hooked up on touchdowns of 27 and 24 yards in the first seven minutes of the third quarter after the Indians had established a 21-0 halftime lead.
Brackenridge tied it 21-21 when senior back Trey Mathis (119 yards, 16 carries) broke loose for a 52-yard touchdown with 3:52 left in the third quarter. The Eagles had scored twice in less than two minutes and three times in little more than seven minutes.
Eagles senior Jesus Millan iced the win with a 35-yard field goal with 6:56 remaining in the game.
Brackenridge overcame four turnovers, including three interceptions, to build a two-game winning streak. The Eagles have outscored their first two 28-5A opponents 51-3 in the second half.
Harlandale, which committed two turnovers, opened the scoring with a 27-yard pass from Jacob Delgado (12 of 20 for 150 yards) to Ian Martinez (79 yards, 5 receptions) at the 10:23 mark of the first quarter.
The Indians increased their lead to 14-0 on a 32-yard pass from Delgado to John Aguirre with 7:23 until halftime. Aguirre also ran for 113 yards on 18 attempts.
Fifteen seconds before halftime, Harlandale upped their scoring advantage to 21 points. Noah Avina hauled in Delgado’s third touchdown pass, covering just four yards.
The Eagles outgained the Indians 480-397 in total yards. Senior Macco Marble contributed 63 rushing yards and 59 reception yards. Jalen Davis caught four passes for 50 yards.
Vincent Hernandez added 96 rushing yards on nine carries for Harlandale.