Bellville cuts Eagles’ season short with 41-20 win Luedeker Photography

by Jo Anne Embleton

WACO – in a Nov. 19 playoff at Baylor University’s McLane Stadium, the Bellville Brahmas cut short the Rusk Eagles’ football season, with a 41-20 win.

Rusk Athletic Director Thomas Sitton praised his team for the work they put into refining their skills week in and week out.

“The kids had a great year, with great senior leadership,” he said of the Eagles’ 22 seniors. “I’m very proud of the year that we had – we had a great group of guys, played hard for each other, week in and week out.

“They practiced hard, they studied hard, and they’ve been great teammates for each other,” Sitton said. “It’s been a very fun team to coach.

Bellville – touting an 11-0 record going into the game – took the lead early, scoring 21 points to Rusk’s 7 in the first quarter. Both teams each scored 7 points in the second quarter, while in the third quarter, the Brahmas gained another 6 points, while the Eagles were scoreless. In the fourth, Bellville gained another 7 points to Rusk’s 6 points.

According to box score stats provided by Max Preps website, during Friday’s game, Bellville had 18 first downs, compared to 16 by Rusk. Rusk received several more penalties than their opponent – 9 for Rusk, 6 for Bellville, while Bellville racked up 63 penalty yards, compared to 60 for the Eagles.

The Rusk Eagles end their 2021 season with a 9-3 record.