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No. 2 ranked Brock next up for Hawks

by Kevin Hamilton
Week Two for Iowa Park’s Mean Green means a trip down the road to face last year’s 3A DI state-finalist Brock, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
While the Hawks were finding themselves on the wrong end of a 14-0 game Friday at home against Holliday, the No. 2-ranked Brock Eagles were dominating Brownwood 41-10. They return all but a handful of starters from last year’s trip to the state finals, where they lost to Rockdale 45-29 after leading 21-0 in the early stages. Brock finished that season 14-3, with their only other losses coming to Midland Christian and Breckenridge. They recorded playoff wins against Clyde, Shallowater, Wall, Comanche and Kemp.
“They (Brock) have so many kids returning (15),” Head Hawk Aubrey Sims said. “They had maybe a dozen seniors last year, and maybe six that played. Execution-wise, they don’t make mistakes. They are sharp. Defensively, they are going to get up in our face and bring the house, and push the issue. You are just going to have to be on your game, and you are going to have to execute. Like any defense, they have their holes and things that we are going to try to take advantage of. The things you should be able to do, we’ve got to be able to do.”
Despite only having a varsity football program since 2013, the Brock Eagles have since then won the state title in 2015, advanced to the state semifinals, and last year the state finals.
Because of their returning veterans, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine has tagged the Eagles to win the 3A DI title this season.
They are led by University of Texas-commit Baylor Cupp (6-1, 248) who anchors both sides of the line at tight end and defensive end. Other preseason all-state picks include lineman John Brunner (6-2, 315) and linebacker Zakk Young (208 tackles in 2017).
“I may be crazy, but I still think we are going to get after them,” Sims said of the expectations for his team Friday.
Only three District 3-4A teams recorded wins last week as Burkburnett blanked Venus 63-0, Vernon downed Gainesville 28-21, and 3-4A newcomer Aubrey won 35-21 over Van Alstyne.
Hirschi defeated Graham 43-20, Krum lost to Plano John Paul II 40-0, and Bridgeport lost to Pilot Point 35-7. Bulls quarterback Jadon Maddox reportedly suffered a wrist injury in the game.
This week, it’s Iowa Park at Brock, Vernon at Altus, Pilot Point at Krum, Bowie at Bridgeport, Whitesboro at Aubrey, and Graham at Mineral Wells.