Saturday’s final game of the ninth annual Sammy Baugh Classic — Brock vs. Booker — features a record-setting junior QB (Booker’s Hunter Lile) vs. a school fielding an 11-man football team for the first time.
Lile already has 7,754 career passing yards for the Kiowas, who are 2-0 this season after beating Clause 61-13 last week. His favorite receiver is Jared Reagan, who has caught 21 passes for 309 yards and four scores this season.
Lile is also a dangerous runner, with 178 yards on 23 carries in addition to his gaudy stats through the air. He’s already completed 41 of 59 passes this season for 633 yards and six TDs.
In 2012, Reagan and Lile were Class 1A’s most potent tandem as Booker went 9-4 and reached the regional semifinals. Reagan finished with 105 catches for 1,266 yards, while Lile threw for 45 touchdowns and 3,996 yards with only 15 interceptions in 535 attempts.
Booker began this season by beating Spearman 28-26 before having a much easier time vs. Claude last week. The team is appearing in this year’s Classic for the first time, as is Brock, and few teams have made longer trips to get here. Booker 322 miles from Sweetwater, making Brock’s 154-mile trip look paltry in compari-son. Booker is the northern-most community in Texas, as it is just three miles south of the Texas-Oklahoma border at the top of the Panhandle. Brock, on the other hand, is located 12 miles from Weatherford near the DFW metroplex.
Brock got off to a great start with a 33-0 win in Week Zero over Dallas Gateway Academy, but fol-lowed that up with a 43-21 loss to another Dallas-area private school, Episcopal School of Dallas. The Kiowas will be the first public school foe for the Eagles, who are playing an independent schedule this season. As many people know, Brock has been a basketball powerhouse for years before its recent decision just a few years ago to begin playing football.
Brock will return here on Oct. 26 to play Tornillo in its second appearance at Mustang Bowl this year.