After a rough start to the year in losses to Comanche, Grape Creek and Clyde, a rain shortened 8-6 win over Merkel on September 16th the Bearcats were finally able to put a number in the W column after 48 minutes of play as they defeated the Junction Eagles 18-15.

Watching the game against Junction it wasn’t clear what their gameplan was. Afterwards it was revealed that The coaching staff had challenged the team. They wanted to be physical and assert their will against a team that knew what was coming. By the third quarter Junction knew full and well that the Bearcats had no interest in trying to throw downfield. It became a game where the Bearcats lined up to smash the football with a pounding running game, led by Reid Matschek, and they dared the Junction Eagles to stop them.

A battle of wills would led to Ballinger coming out on top, while a smothering defense would shut down the Eagles for most of the game. A 70 yard 4th-down touchdown pass by the Eagles would make the score a little closer than it should have been.

This week the Bearcats travel to Mason. This game has been listed as one of the biggest tests on Ballinger’s schedule for quite some time. 2A power Mason uncharacteristically has 2 losses already on the season, but both of those are against 2A state title contenders Iraan and Goldthwaite.

This game has the potential to be a tremendous springboard for Ballinger as they begin district play next week, or it could be another sign that Ballinger is perhaps a year away from being true contenders.

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