The Boys of Falls County
Monday, 22nd November 2021 - 5:25AM

Garrett Ross

Falls County has always been proud of its heritage, while the communities that make it up love their high school football. While three teams from the county made the playoffs, only two are left to carry the torch, Chilton and Marlin.

All high school football programs in Texas start each season with the hopes of practicing on Thanksgiving day. While there are the lucky few who make that hope a reality, a majority of those teams never cease the moment.

The two Falls County programs have rekindled their winning ways this season and their two wins on Friday were statement makers.

The Pirates needed overtime to knockoff #7 Tenaha 17-10 in the Class 2A DII area round of the UIL Playoffs.

After kicker Casar Sanchez drilled a 21 yard field goal to tie the game at 10 and send it to overtime, Luis Fernandez took it in from four yards out to give them the lead. The defense was able to hold and secure the victory.

Chilton (11-1, 4-1) will now meet longtime rival and District 10 2A DII foe Bremond (6-6, 3-2) in the third round of the playoffs. The Pirates dominated the Tigers 41-0 in their district finale back on Nov. 5th, but Bremond has rolled through the first two rounds.

Bremond currently leads the all-time series 32-18, while winning six straight meetings coming into this season. Chilton will go for the season sweep on Friday at 6:00pm at Waco ISD Stadium.

The Marlin Bulldogs had no problem defeating a really solid Lindsay squad on Friday 48-7. The Bulldogs took control of the game in the second quarter behind 22 unanswered points. Senior RB Tydarren Harris eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing on the season in the win as well.

Marlin (9-3, 4-1) will now face Tolar (10-2, 5-1) in the third round of the playoffs, as Tolar defeated Cooper 35-24 in round two. The duo have two common opponents in Bosqueville and Cayuga this season.

Tolar embarrassed Bosqueville 63-7 in district play and routed Cayuga 56-6 in bi-district. Marlin defeated Cayuga 40-7 in district play, while they beat Bosqueville 54-20 in bi-district.

The Bulldogs and Rattlers will square off for the first time ever on Friday at 7:00pm at Alvarado’s Head Stadium.

You have to go all the way back to the 2006 season to find the last time that Chilton and Marlin were playing past Thanksgiving together.

Chilton should like those odds, because the Pirates were able to win a state championship that season 20-10 over Windthorst. Marlin on the other hand fell to Tatum 34-14 in the third round that 2006 season and would like to avoid that same fate this time around.
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