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Roshauud Paul pulled off a little magic late in the first half last week, and then he reached into his bag of usual tricks to close the game.
Down by nine points and the clock winding down in the second quarter, the senior quarterback at Bremond (Texas) tossed a 32-yard touchdown to Michael Pruitt with 20 seconds remaining. Though Bremond trailed (18-15) at the half, it had momentum.
Bremond went on to a big second half in its 50-31 win against Burton, which was an old foe as the old district rivals are close in geography.
Bremond (15-0) now looks to be on a short list of schools in Texas history to pull off a three-peat when it faces Iraan (15-0) on Thursday for the Class 2A Division II state championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. It is the only state championship in any classification that features two undefeated teams.
Bremond is not just undefeated this season. The school has won 46 consecutive games, the fifth-longest active 11-man winning streak in the nation. A win would tie Bremond with Bishop Guilfoyle (Pa.) for fourth.
This will also be the final game in Paul’s storied high school career at the little school in the Brazos Valley.
This season, Paul has 2,661 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns and 2,103 passing yards and 23 touchdowns.
A Texas A&M commit, Paul is expected to play wide receiver at the next level, but he will leave high school with an unparalleled resume.
- He has not lost as a high school starter (46-0).
- He has been named Offensive MVP in two state championship game victories.
- He has 176 total touchdowns and more than 12,000 all-purpose yards in his career.
- He was named the 2A state Player of the Year over the weekend and then Mr. Texas Football on Monday night and will be honored at the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl in front of the A&M fans there to watch the Aggies.
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Paul has spread his 2,103 passing yards and 23 passing touchdowns to several wide receivers, including Peralez, Pruitt, Jared Stellbauer, Josh White and younger brother, sophomore Rykenderia Paul. Along with Paul as a runner, junior running back Kaidyn Peralez ran for 215 yards in the state semifinals and has run for 1,226 yards with 16 touchdowns this season.
The Tigers’ winning streak is sixth all-time in Texas with the prospect of moving to No. 2 next season should Bremond keep winning.
68 — Celina (1998-02)
57 — Allen (2012-15)
49 — Southlake Carroll (2004-07)
49 — Abilene (1954-57)
48 — Lake Travis (2007-10)
46 — Bremond (2014-2016)*
44 — Cuero (1973-75)
* Current streak
The streak started with a 40-8 win against neighbor Hearne to start the 2014 season. The Tigers outscored their opponents 45-16 a game that season, capped by a 28-21 win against Albany for the state title at AT&T Stadium.
The 2015 campaign began with a 66-14 win over Hearne and the Tigers never scored fewer than 40 points until their 35-20 win in the state championship against Albany at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Next up is Iraan, which dispatched Albany, 33-14, in the regional round and posted impressive wins over Munday and Wellington to get to state. After Iraan’s 6-6 season in 2012 that ended with a second-round loss to Albany (49-25), the Braves have only lost in the playoffs each of the next three years, twice to Albany.
The game is the first of state championship weekend at AT&T Stadium, which continues through Saturday.
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