East Bernard advanced to the Class 2A Division II State Championship with a dominating 52-8 victory over Elysian Fields Friday night at Baylor’s Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco.
The Brahmas will play Corsicana Mildred, led by Iowa commit Nick Shimonek, next Thursday night at 8 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium for the state title.
The Brahmas scored on their first six drives and built a 38-0 lead at the half and were led by a powerful running game that amassed 249 yards. The offense totaled 373 yards on the night.
Meanwhile, the defense was equally impressive holding the Yellow Jackets to 185 yards and 10 first downs. The Jackets didn’t cross midfield until the second half.
TCU commit Ty Slanina was full of emotion following his teams’ big win that put them at 14-0 on the year.
“It hasn’t really hit yet but just being able to dominate a state semi-final game means a lot,” Slanina said. “Our blessings have been answered and we get a chance to play in Cowboys Stadium for the championship.”
“Those guys have come back to win ball games that we didn’t think they could so we knew we were going to have a fight on our hands for four quarters. We knew we had to keep it going.”
Slanina told HornedFrogBlitz.com over the summer that he felt his team had the ingredients to make a serious run at the state title. He echoed that statement again Friday night.
“We have speed, size, strength and heart,” he said. “We’re just one big family. Everywhere we go we wear bracelets that says ‘Brahma family all in’ and it shows we’re one big family and we’re going to do everything it takes to win as a family.”
Slanina was a factor once again at runningback, quarterback and receiver rushing for 34 yards on 5 carries and scoring two rushing touchdowns. He also completed 3-of-3 passes for 67 yards. He wasn’t tested all night at cornerback.
While he didn’t put up big numbers like he did last week, he knows that opponents can’t just focus on his abilities to shut down the Brahmas.
“It’s awesome because sometimes teams think if they key on me and stop me that it’s over,” he said. “But, we have players that can dominate the game no matter where they are. I’m not the only person on this team; we’re all very good players.”
Although he doesn’t remember how old he was when he began playing football, he’s always dreamed of having the opportunity to one day play in the state championship.
It’s an opportunity he says he's not about to waste.
“We’re getting our opportunity and we want to take advantage of it,” he said. “We don’t go all the way to state and let someone take it away from us. We’re going to come out hot and as hard as we can and try to take that title.”