Insider: First look at Longview vs Beaumont West Brook
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Nov. 14, 2017 at 1:39 a.m.
Updated Nov. 14, 2017 at 1:39 a.m.
Coming down the stretch in the regular season, it appeared that Longview and Beaumont West Brook were on a collision course for a first-round playoff meeting for the second-straight year.
That came to fruition and Monday officially kicked off the bi-district week.
"I know there will be a lot put into this about revenge with a rematch from last year," Longview head coach John King said. "But this is a new year and these are two totally different teams.
"Beaumont West Brook is very talented like they were last year. They've got a good football team or they wouldn't be in this position."
So here's the first look at Longview vs. West Brook, the 2017 edition:
West Brook's first two games of the season were cancelled due to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey that devastated the Gulf Coast. The Bruins resumed football activities on Sept. 5 and returned to classes on Sept. 13, according to Danny Shapiro of the Beaumont Enterprise
West Brook opened with a 56-20 win over CE King and started the season 4-0 with wins over St. Thomas (49-16), Montgomery (12-6A opener, 46-20) and College Park (51-3).
The Bruins then lost back-to-back games, first falling to 12-6A champion The Woodlands, 35-21, and at home to Lufkin, 50-7.
After a 70-43 win over Oak Ridge, West Brook closed the regular season with a 39-25 win over Conroe to finish the regular season at 6-2 and 4-2 in 12-6A, which placed them third overall and as the D-II second seed behind Lufkin.
Offensively, West Brook averaged 466 yards per game in the regular season, 239 rushing and 228 passing, and scored an average of 42 points.
Defensively, the Bruins allowed an average of 253 yards per game, 128 rushing and 125 passing, and allowed an average of 27 points per game.
The 6-2 finish came against teams with a combined 33-37 record and three UIL playoff teams and one TAPPS playoff team (St. Thomas).
Longview finished the regular season with an average of 390 yards per game, 210 rushing and 180 passing, and scored an average of 41 points per game.
Longview's defense finished first in team defense in 11-6A with an average of 318 yards per game allowed, 153 rushing and 165 passing, and allowed 17 points per game.
The 9-1 finish came against teams with a combined 57-42 record and six playoff teams.