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Somerset holds off Brackenridge

August 27, 2016

Brackenridge kept Somerset scoreless in the second half Friday at the SAISD Sports Complex, but the Eagles couldn’t keep Jose Sandoval away from the ball.

Sandoval recovered a crucial fumble with 3:05 remaining to allow the Bulldogs (1-0) to pull out a 20-19 victory. Brackenridge (0-1) scored 13 unanswered points after halftime to make it close.

“It was a tough win,” Sandoval said. “Brack gave us a good battle. We’ve got to keep on pushing — keep the ball rolling. No days off. Not until December. That’s our goal.”

Brackenridge junior quarterback Vincent Gonzalez (8 of 21, 160 yards) found his rhythm — and speedy junior Justin Eaton — in the second half.

Eaton (124 receiving yards) made each of his five receptions after Johnathon Lucas made a juggling catch in the end zone with 3:10 left in the third quarter, Eaton got behind the Bulldogs’ secondary for a 93-yard touchdown with 5:40 remaining, but the Eagles missed the extra point and trailed by one.

The Eagles forced a punt but lost a fumble after a completion on the next play. Sandoval recovered the fumble on the Bulldogs’ 48.

“My safety and I came out (after the catch),” he said, “We saw the ball got out and dove for it. One of their linemen was coming hard.”

Brackenridge wasn’t able to get traction in its last possession.

Somerset quarterback Zadock Dinkelmann (15 of 26, 218 yards) saw his first action after being sidelined by an ankle injury in 2015. Dinkelmann came back with a vengeance.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound junior hooked up with Martin Ramos on the first play of the game for a 67-yard touchdown. The Louisiana State commit completed all seven of his first-quarter attempts for 133 yards.

The second quarter was a different story. He was 0 of 5 to start the quarter, including an interception deep in Eagles territory.

Issac Anaya’s interception allowed Brackenridge to cut Somerset’s lead to 13-6 with 7:56 until halftime on a 4-yard scamper from Gonzalez.

Dinkelmann regained his bearings to throw a 6-yard TD to Isaiah Rivera with 35 seconds until intermission.