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December 10, 2012

Balancing Act: Mildred’s offense keeps on ticking under Braswell

Legos for one child might lead to a castle. Another may take the same blocks and make an airplane.

The fun lies in the mixing and matching and building, and a change in play caller at Mildred hasn’t halted results.

Last year offensive coordinator Kevin Morton said he had “lots of toys in the toy box” as Mildred went 13-1 and finished a touchdown away from playing for a state title. Morton left for the top gig in Normangee, and William Braswell, the new play caller this year, does a few different things with the toys left, but he and the Eagles find themselves in the same position.

Mildred (12-1) faces Sonora (11-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Marble Falls. The winner earns a date at Cowboys Stadium next Thursday in the Class 2A Division II state title game.

“This year we’ve changed terminology some, but it’s still a lot of Kevin’s terminology,” said Braswell, a former Corsicana assistant now in his third year at Mildred. It’s his first as offensive coordinator after taking over for Morton, who oversaw an offense that averaged 52.5 points per game in the regular season last year.

If you want to compare numbers, Braswell’s offense averaged 59.9, and he did so after losing an all-state wide receiver, another two-year starter and a 1,000-yard back. The common thread is a solid offensive line, and one of Class 2A’s top quarterbacks in Nic Shimonek.

With the running combo of Draylon Sterling (1,880 yards, 33 TDs) and Jeremy Ballard (617, 12) and a receiving corps now 13 games into the season together, he has a unit averaging 467.3 yards per game. The Eagles ramped up their no-huddle attack offense this fall.

“We’ve been really blessed with the kids we’ve had the last two years,” Braswell said.

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