For the past couple of weeks, the Brenham football team has found the means to win in a variety of ways. One thing is for certain, at least from the standpoint of the Cubs community and hardcore football fans, all the wins have come in a quite impressive fashion.
Across the board, the play on both sides of the ball has been solid. Headlining the offensive side, one could say that quarterback Ty Schlottmann leads the way with leadership and tenacity, and for defense, Jeremy Hall’s game-breaking interceptions have been a staple for the Brenham team through the grueling postseason run.
Of equal importance, the wide receiver play from Derek Edwards and Terrell Reese has seemed to build up steam throughout the 2009 playoff season.
Reese, the senior leader, comes into most match ups as the primary receiver, at least from the opponents’ point of view. But, the Cubs have used the play of the two to work in their favor.
“I think that in games I am mainly there to distract and get the safeties attention. That allows Derek (Edwards) to go off,” Reese said. “He has had some good games and has been playing his heart out.”
What Reese is referring to as far as his teammate going off started in the area round against Port Neches-Groves. In that playoff game, Reese only had about three receptions while Edwards went for seven catches for 87 yards and a touchdown in a 27-21 win at Aldine ISD Thorne Stadium.
And so it began.
“Many teams double cover Reese. In the game (against Port Neches-Groves) he came up to me and said I am covered so you need to do your thing and I told him all right,” Edwards said.
The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Edwards listened.
Even though this potent connection is just starting to come to full fruition at the right time in the season, its foundation began many months ago as Edwards made his junior varsity transition, earning a spot on the Cubs’ big stage.
So, before the season even started, Reese, who is one of the top athletes in the state and committed to Utah, took it upon himself to show young Edwards the ropes.
“I remember a scrimmage from a long time ago, Reese pulled me aside and told me to just listen because I did not know everything. I admit that I was talking back and acting like I knew everything,” Edwards said. “When I was on JV, I was the man, you know, the No. 1. Once I got on varsity, I realized that I was going to be No. 2 behind Reese and I needed to pay my dues.
“He (Reese) told me that he knew what was best for me. He told me to keep my mouth shut and play ball. I told him OK.”
It’s all history since then. Against Angleton in the quarterfinals, a game that the Cubs were not favored, Edwards caught two touchdown passes. Then in the regional finals, both players made a huge impact with Edwards hauling in six passes for 57 yards, while Reese had five catches for 78 yards and a score.
So while Edwards may in theory hold down the No. 2 spot, the results prove that the system works and the entire team is benefiting. Basically, there does not seem to be an easy answer for how to stop both of them simultaneously.
“Its big to be doing well in the playoffs. It’s my first year but I have a lot of influences like Jeremy (Hall) and No. 81 (Reese),” Edwards said. “Everything is all for the team. I guess I do good, but it’s all for the good of the team.”
And obviously the team will need it and the Cubs have embraced this level of play. Now Brenham will move on the take Region 4 Division II winner Kerrville Tivy this Saturday.