Brenna Yanowski | Franklin Advocate

Michael Pruitt waiting for the right open to make it down the field for the yardage while teammate Tiger has taken down a Milano Eagle.

Eagles fly …  streak ends

The Bremond Tigers had almost hit the halfcentury mark in consecutive wins and were looking to continue their assault on the consecutive win record.

However, the Tigers failed to stretch the mark to 50 straight on the road in Milano last week. For Coach Jeff Kasowski it has been a tremendous ride but one that both he and his team knew would eventually come to an end.  

To start a new streak they will have to win on the road this week, when they face Reicher High.

Reicher is a Divison III TAPPS school that was a State Semifinalist a year ago with a 9-4 record. They return 11 starters, 5 on offense and 6 on defense. They are breaking in a new QB this season in Ben Brittian but he will have a couple of veterans to hand the ball off to in RBs Bradley Bass (district co-MVP) and Bryce Dorton.  

At the receiver spots, Victor Aynesworth and Rashun Kazadi will look to open up the Cougars’ offense. They will have a couple of veteran returnees in the line that could also help the offense.  

Defensively, they return both LBs in Aynesworth and Bass. They should provide enough veteran leadership to make the Cougars a real threat. They are predicted to win the district again in 2017 after going 5-0 last season. Bremond handled the Cougars rather easily last season but this is not the same Bremond team or the same Reicher squad.  

Bremond’s rebuilt offense has not had the same efficiency nor have they had the same production as the past three seasons. However, after saying all that the Tigers are still the defending State Champions. The return of quarterback Michael Pruitt to the lineup provides the Tigers with a true signal caller and another threat in the backfield.

Early on halfback Kaidyn Peralez has tried to be quarterback, running back, and receiver for the team. Now with Pruitt back he can settle into his halfback spot where he is much more comfortable and Keke Paul can get back to his receiver spot joining Jared Stellbauer and Seth Kasowski.  

With all the parts back in place the Tigers should become more proficient on the offensive side of the ball.

No one would have thought it would be an Eagle that brought the Bremond Tiger winning streak to an end but that’s exactly what happened. The Tigers trailed most of the game before rallying back to tie it late in the 4th quarter.

Bremond took an early 6-0 lead but it would be their only lead of the game. When Milano Eagle quarterback Kyle King found receiver Davonta Jones for a 37-yard touchdown pass with 1:26 remaining in the game, the Tigers 49 game-winning streak came to an abrupt end.

Tiger quarterback Michael Pruitt tied the game at 21 all, with a 60-yard touchdown pass to receiver Seth Kasowski. Kicker Gerado Ponce, who was 3 of 3 on extra points, kicked the Tigers even at 21-21 with just 2-26 remaining.  

Halfback Kaidyn Peralez was the Tigers leading rusher gaining 118 yards on 23 carries.  

Pruitt finished the night 9-13 passing for 138 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also had a 36-yard touchdown pass to Keke Paul to start the scoring and a third scoring pass of 5 yards to Trent Biggerstaff.  

It all came down to that King pass with 1:26 remaining. That was the straw that broke the Tigers streak. So let’s get busy and start another against Waco Reicher this weekend. No need crying over spilled milk, we’ve got a title to defend.

Bremond Tigers (2-1) vs. Waco Reicher Cougars in Waco on Friday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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