SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas — Paul Pewitt looks to take another big step forward on the playoff trail.
The Brahmas (11-1) take on Bells (9-3) in a Region 3-3A, Division II semifinal at Sulphur Spring High School's Gerald Prim Stadium at 6 p.m. today.
"I think that the maturity of our kids and the fact that we have been to the playoffs before with this group of kids is starting to take shape in getting us to where we need to be," Paul Pewitt head coach Triston Abron said. "The leadership and experience are helping us succeed. I think that we are hitting our stride."
The Brahmas are averaging 42.4 points offensively and have given up an average of 19.1 points. Paul Pewitt averages 407.8 rushing yards per contest.
Running back La-Jathan Allen leads the Brahmas with 1,777 yards on 177 carries (10.0 average yards per touch) and 25 touchdowns. Allen also has four interceptions for 35 return yards and 95 tackles.
Quarterback Cross Holder has rushed for 880 yards on 115 totes (7.7 yards per carry) and 14 scores, while teammate Deiontray Hill has 857 yards on 121 attempts (7.1 yard average) and eight TDs for Paul Pewitt.
Kadrien Johnson has totaled 770 yards on 78 carries with 12 touchdowns for the Brahmas, and teammate Keiuntray Hawkins has 736 yards on 79 totes and seven scores.
Tanner Mines leads Pewitt in tackles with 116 stops. Colby Frost has made 90 tackles for the Brahmas.
"Bells is big up front, defensively," Abron said. "Offensively, they have a few guys that are decent size. They run the same offense that we run and I expect it to be a quick game. We are going to have to play really well. I think our team focus is exactly where it needs to be."
The Panthers are led by senior running back Wrangler Priest. Priest has 1,579 yards on 207 carries for an average of 7.6 yards per tote and eight TDs. Priest is also Bells' leading tackler with 113 stops.
Sophomore Bo Baker is second on the team with 970 yards on 161 totes (6.0 yard average) and nine touchdowns. Baker, along with sophomore Kaden Pyle, are second on the team with 100 tackles apiece.
The Panthers average 30.2 points per game and give up an average of 19.3 points on defense. Bells averages 309.8 rushing yards per outing.
The winner faces either Daingerfield or Newton in the Region 3-3A, Division II final next week.
The game will be blogged live at www.texarkanagazette.com/Netex.