East Bernard started hot against Corsicana Mildred in the 2A Division II State Championship Thursday and didn’t let up until the Brahmas had removed all doubt, cruising to a 56-14 win.
The state title was East Bernard’s first in 30 seasons and while this championship was a long time coming, it was never in doubt once the ball was kicked off.
Ty Slanina was the offensive hero for the Brahmas with 155 yards rushing and three touchdowns to go with 32 more yards passing and a touchdown pass. For good measure, the TCU commit added a touchdown on a fumble recovery, hustling 14 yards for another score.
The Brahmas jumped out to a 7-0 lead with just over four minutes to go in the first quarter on a 35 yard touchdown run by Slanina.
Garrett Polak and Cedric Perkins followed shortly after with touchdown runs of their own for the Brahmas, and when Nathan Hlavinka hauled in a 20 yard scoring strike from Slanina, East Bernard had a 28-0 advantage it would take into halftime.
It was more of the same early in the third quarter, Slanina scored his second touchdown run, this one from two yards out with 8:56 left in the quarter to push the lead to five touchdowns.
Mildred would finally get on the board with a six yard touchdown pass from Nic Shimonek to Johnathan Harrison but it was too little too late.
Slanina scored two more times, one on a 76 yard run, and East Bernard cruised through the second half waiting for the final seconds to tick off.
The Brahmas offense was more than Slanina, though. East Bernard racked up 545 yards of offense in the game, including 502 rushing yards on 36 carries, good enough for a 13.94 yard average per carry.
As good as the offense was, the Brahmas defense held Mildred in check for much of the game. The defense had only allowed more than 14 points in a game heading into the championship and had five shutouts under its belt. East Bernard held Mildred to just 228 yards of total offense and kept them out of the end zone until the game was well in hand.