Wagner steamrolls Brackenridge and remains undefeated in district play
One thing was guaranteed when Wagner dropped from 6A to 5A — dominance.
The Thunderbirds displayed that Friday night in its 75-7 victory over Brackenridge at SAISD Sports Complex.
Wagner’s high powered offense put up 525 total offensive yards, including 464 rushing yards while the defense collected five interceptions, forced two fumbles and held Brackenridge to 37 yards of total offense.
The Thunderbirds’ defense was led by junior defensive lineman DeMarcus Hendricks, who created chaos for Brackenridge and recovered a fumble, blocked a punt and returned two interceptions for touchdowns — one for 41 yards and the other for 33.
Wagner (5-1, 4-0 in District 13-5A DI) has outscored its last four opponents 225-7. Hendricks credits his teammates for executing their simple game plan of not allowing a score.
“I just sit down with my team and we just focus on the game, we want to shut out every team the whole season, that is our goal,” Hendricks said as his coach placed a “defensive player of the game” gold chain around his neck.
Wagner’s only loss this season was to Judson, who is ranked one in the area by the Express-News and 14th in the state. Wagner came from 6A division where they ran into schools with state title aspirations, Steele, Smithson Valley and district rival Judson.
Because of the student enrollment, Wagner coach Charles Bruce believes that Wagner has been a 5A school for a lot longer than people think. Despite the undefeated record and lopsided victories, Bruce respects the new district.
“This district (SAISD) has a lot of tradition as well, Brack who we are playing tonight, Sam Houston, Jefferson as well,” Bruce said before the game. “To us, it is honor to play in a district with so much tradition.”
Wagner leaped to a quick 21-0 lead within the first three minutes of play. The scoring sequence started on the second play of the game when Wagner junior wide receiver Joerell Brown exploded for a 69-yard touchdown. Bot long after that Hendricks’ intercepted a pass and took it for touchdown. He followed that with a fumble recovery in the next series that set up senior quarterback Tobias Weaver’s 31-touchdown pass to Brown.
Weaver utilized the option offense for big gains on the ground, including the 45-yard touchdown run with 2:05 left in the first quarter. Senior wide receiver Karlton Black capped off Wagner’s high-scoring first quarter with a 80-yard touchdown run.
Wagner led 35-0 at the end of first quarter. Wagner continued its offensive onslaught and Brackenridge couldn’t spark any offense.
Hendricks ended the half with his second interception of the game, and ran for a 41-yard touchdown.
Wagner led, 55-0 at halftime. Brackenridge senior running back Isaac Gomez opened the second half with a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. However, Wagner responded with three touchdowns to remain undefeated.