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E-N Game of the Week: Brandeis vs. O’Connor

October 10, 2018

Brandeis vs. O’Connor Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Farris StadiumRadio: KRDY 1160AME-N rankings/records: No. 6 Brandeis (4-1 overall, 3-1 District 28-6A); No. 2 O’Connor (5-0, 4-0)Coaches: David Branscom (11-4 in two seasons, all at Brandeis); David Malesky (82-44 in 10 seasons, 76-29 in eight seasons at O’Connor)Series: Brandeis leads 5-3Last meeting: O’Connor won 45-39 in 2015Brandeis breakdownSetting the scene: Brandeis looks to rebound after suffering a 27-20 loss against Brennan. It was the Broncos’ lowest-scoring game this season. Brandeis scored more than 50 points in each of their three previous games in victories over Clark, Marshall and Stevens.Key to victory: Get quarterback Jordan Battles going. Battles is one of the area’s top dual-threat quarterbacks. Brennan found a way to bottle him up, limiting him to 120 yards passing and 65 yards rushing.Statistical leaders: Passing — Jordan Battles 42-72-3, 709 yards, 8 TDs; rushing — Battles 72-590, 5 TDs; receiving — Oscar Cardenas 15-233, 3 TDs; tackles — Frank Wilson 35, sacks — Alex Trevino 4, interceptions — Austin Garcia 3.O’Connor breakdownSetting the scene: O’Connor is one of two Class 6A area teams (Judson) that remain undefeated. The Panthers enter the game coming off a 42-0 victory over Taft. The Panthers have won 18 of their last 19 games.Key to victory: Control the ball with the 1-2 running back punch of Zion Taylor and Jordan Maye. The Panthers have two of the state’s top offensive linemen — senior Brannon Brown and junior Logan Parr — and need to take advantage of them to limit the opportunities for a Brandeis’ offense that averages 511.6 yards.Statistical leaders: Passing — David Dodd 54-89-2, 777 yards, 8 TDs; rushing — Zion Taylor 74-593, 5 TDs; receiving — Chase Locke 15-241, 4 TDs; tackles — Jack Jennings 40; sacks — Johnathon Renteria, Connor Callihan, Charles Trammell III, Pryson Greer 2; interceptions — Grant Rustan, Elijah Ornelas 1.E-N prediction: O’Connor 28, Brandeis 24David Hinojosa is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | dhinojosa@express-news.net | Twitter: @hinojosa_david

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