BROWNSBORO - The Bears put it all together Friday night.

Brownsboro stayed in playoff contention with a 32-24 victory over the Crandall Pirates in a District 8-4A Division I football contest at Bear Stadium.

The Bears improve to 2-7 overall and 2-3 in league play, while Crandall falls to 3-6 and 1-4.

“It comes down to the Athens game next Friday,” Brownsboro coach Jason Hooker said. “We control our own destiny.

“We had some kids really step it up, and give all they had.”

Athens, which had a bye on Friday, is 1-8 overall and 1-4 in district play. The contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Bruce Field in Athens.

The first half was the “Jamal Bell Show.”

Bell ran for two touchdowns of 59 and 24 yards. Then he threw a 19-yard pass to Jake Conner for six points.

Tyson Gatewood scored on a 9-yard TD run and Tristin Meza kicked a 25-yard field goal for the Pirates’ scoring.

The Bears took a 25-9 halftime lead.

The second half was a seesaw affair with Gatewood and quarterback Michael Dearman scoring for Crandall on short runs.

Saul Williams scored for Brownsboro on a 28-yard run, and made the clinching interception, in the final minutes to sew up the victory.

Luis Suarez added two PATs for the Bruins.

Crandall plays host to Mabank next week.

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