Brusly’s upset bid of No. 2 Eunice came up short Friday with the Panthers dropping the first round matchup 34-20 in the Class 3A playoffs.
The loss ended the Panthers’ season with a record of 5-6.
“Having to travel and go on the road and play against a good team like Eunice was tough,” said Brusly head coach Hoff Schooler. “They’re a No. 2 seed for a reason. We played well. What they (Eunice) do offensively, you have to cause turnovers and we didn’t do that, but we played well and we’ll be better from it.”
The Panthers came out of the gates on fire with Trevon Snearl breaking loose for a 62-yard run less than two minutes into the game.
Deon Ardoin capped the Bobcats’ next drive with an 8-yard touchdown run, which tied the game at 7-7 with 7:39 left in the first quarter.
Touchdowns from 2 and 3 yards out from Avery Lee put Eunice ahead 20-7 before Snearl scored his second touchdown of the night on a 21-yard run to cut the deficit to 20-14 heading into halftime.
The Bobcats tacked on two scores in the second half and staved off a potential Brusly comeback.
“Going into the fourth quarter it was a one-score game,” Schooler said. “Against a team like that, you have to avoid penalties and turnovers. We avoided the turnovers, but we had penalties that took some points off the board.”
The Panthers ended the game with over 300 yards rushing, led by Snearl’s 215 yards and two scores on 13 attempts.
Brusly made the playoffs as a No. 31 seed after missing the playoffs last season, Schooler’s first year with the program.
“We talked about changing the culture and playing a different brand of football and we got that accomplished,” Schooler said. “They played hard, tough and physical. They did everything we asked of them and that’s all you can ask for.”
The Panthers came up short in the first round playoff matchup against the Eunice Bobcats, but senior running back Trevon Snearl had himself a game.
The tailback rushed for 215 yards on only 11 attempts with two touchdowns in the game. Snearl could’ve ended the game with even gaudier numbers if he hadn’t been forced out of the game with cramps.
Snearl’s performance earned him Westside Journal Player of the Week honors.
“ It was a pretty good game,” Snearl said. “We could’ve beat them. We could’ve had them, but I had little cramps in my calf, not used to the weather, but my team, they really blocked for me. We were focused on the end zone. That’s all we were focused on...We should’ve made a run in the playoffs. It shouldn’t have been done that soon.”
His touchdown runs came from 62 and 21 yards with both scores coming in the first half.
In his first season and only season playing high school football, Snearl rushed for 750 yards and 11 scores on 74 attempts, which was good for a little over 10 yards per attempt.
“I got better over time,” he said. “My position coach made me a leader so that’s really what made go harder in practice and in games, to take everything seriously to prepare for the next level. I want to thank my coaches for coaching me up and allowing me to play football for Brusly high school and I want to thank my team for keeping me focused and day-by-day getting me better.”