Michelle Yezak | Franklin Advocate

Jared Stellbauer runs one in for yet another Bremond Touchdown, the just can’ be stopped.

Tigers Still Streaking

They have picked up exactly where they ended the 2016 football season, winning games. Victory number 48 came last week and now the Tigers are setting their sights on the Iola Bulldogs and win number 49.

The Bulldogs were a Region Semifinalist a year ago and are picked to win their district in 2017. The Bulldogs will have a new signal caller this season as Kaden Halley moves from defense to take over the starting spot.  

He will have big play receiver Tyler Dykes and his 4.4 speeds to throw to. Dykes had over 1300 yards of offense last season and scored 20 touchdowns. They return 6 starters on offense but a whopping 9 on the defense led by Dykes, Andrew Crenshaw, and Colton Renick.

The Bulldogs also have a standout kicker in J.D. Funderburk. The battle between he and Bremond standout kicker Gerado Ponce could be the deciding factor in the game. The Bulldogs started the season with a 27-8 lost at the hands of the Woodlands. They also lost to the Tigers in last season’s playoffs, so that loss will be fresh on their minds.

The Tigers offense will rely heavily on the trio of Kaidyn Peralez, Kiki Paul, and Michael Pruitt. Those three along with HB Eric Wilganowski and WR Jared Stellbauer hope to provide the Tigers with a good balance on offense.  

The line of Ponce, Cayl Wagner, and Kellen Stuard should provide some running lanes for the backs and some throwing opportunities for the quarterback. It will be a strong test for number 49 but the Tigers will be ready. They have too much on the line.

Number 48 was a piece of cake for the rebuilt Bremond offense. Behind the steady performance of halfback/quarterback Kaidyn Peralez, the Tigers never missed a beat despite playing without expected starting quarterback Michael Pruitt.  

Pruitt is still nursing an injury he suffered early in preseason practice but with Peralez and Rykendric Paul taking turns with the snaps and Dalton Wilganowski and Jared Stellbauer chipping in the Tiger offense was as efficient as ever posting a 47-14 win over 3A Whitewright. Peralez had 21 carries for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Stellbauer. Paul had a 57-yard scamper for a score and Wilganowski had 12 carries for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns.  

Backup quarterback Seth Kasowski caught 3 passes for 43 yards and Daniel Juarez had a 52-yard catch. The Bremond “Big Red” defense was solid again getting strong performances from Wilganowski, Trey Hall, Paul, Kellen Stuard, Cayl Wagner, Peralez, Tanner Redus, and Nick Bancroft.  

They limited the Whitewright offense to just a two touchdowns and pressured their offense all night. Once again the Tigers proved they will be a force in Class 2A and that they are still the Champs until somebody beats them. So far no one has in 48 straight games.

Let’s make it 49 in a row this week against those Bulldogs from Iola.

Bremond Tigers (1-0) vs. Iola Bulldogs (1-0) Friday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Bremond

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