Joaquin Defeats Beckville 35-14 in Area Football Playoff

Stephen F. Austin’s Homer Bryce Stadium on Friday, November 18, 2022 –

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The Joaquin Rams (10-2) have beaten the Beckville Bearcats (11-1) by a 35-14 score to earn the right to advance to the regional semifinal round of the 2022 Texas UIL Football Playoffs. Joaquin will next face the Cooper Bulldogs (12-0). Cooper advanced by defeating Corrigan-Camden 40-14 on Friday. Joaquin and Cooper will face off nerxt Friday, November 25, 2022 at Tyler Rose Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

On Joaquin’s second possession Ram Andre Brown broke free for a 57-yard touchdown run with 2:47 minutes left in the first quarter. An extra point kick gave JHS a 7-0 advantage.

Bearcat Jkoby Williams broke free for a 55-yard touchdown seconds later and an extra point kick by Adian Brantley tied the game at 7-7 with 1:16 left in the opening period.

Maddox Hutchins recovered a Bearcats fumble near midfield to give Joaquin possession with 10:32 left in the second stanza. On Joaquin’s ensuing drive Keaton Hodge picked off a Rams pass to regain possession for the Bearcats at the 7:33 minute mark.

The Bearcats used seven plays to move the ball to the Joaquin 4-yardline, however disaster struck for the Bearcats, when Calan Castles threw the ball to Ram Andre Brown. He intercepted the pass and returned it 95 yards for a score as the halftime buzzer sounded. Joaquin took a 14-7 lead into the lockerroom at the midway intermission.

Brown scored again later on a 19-yard touchdown run with 11:15 left in the third quarter to help JHS take a 21-7 lead.

Beckville answered with a scoring drive of their own which saw Calan Castles hit Jkoby Williams for a 70-yard touchdown with 7:36 left in the third frame. This cut Joaquin’s lead to 21-14.

There was no lack of fireworks in the fourth frame. Gauge Jordan scored on a 40-yard touchdown run which helped put JHS up 28-14 with 3:49 left in the final quarter. Moments later Cole Bragg intercepted a Bearcats pass near midfield. Then with just 2:14 Jordan intercepted a Bearcats pass and returned it for a 33-yard touchdown which gave JHS a 35-14 advantage. Jordan later recovered a BHS fumble which proved to be the final nail in the Bearcats hopes of avoiding the elimination loss.