BROWNSBORO - The Brownsboro Bears are headed to the playoffs on a winning note.
On a rainy night at Bear Stadium, Brownsboro celebrated "Senior Night" with a 34-20 victory over the Palestine Wildcats in the District 9-4A Division I finale.
Brownsboro (5-5, 3-2) advances to the postseason. The Wildcats end their season at 1-9 and 0-5.
"Being in the playoffs sure is sweet," Brownsboro coach Jason Hooker said. "This was a big victory for us."
Palestine actually took a 7-0 lead despite an 80-yard kickoff return to the Wildcats' 9-yard line by Brownsboro's Jamal Bell. However, the Bears fumbled on their first play from scrimmage and Palestine recovered.
The Wildcats drove the length of the field and the drive was topped off by Devonte Mims' 1-yard run.
The Bears tied the game at 7-7 in the second quarter on fine runs by Kevon Thompson and Wyatt Rinehart.
Rinehart's 5-yard dash into the end zone was followed by Luis Suarez's PAT and the game was tied at 7-7.
Both teams scored in the final minutes of the second quarter. Mims scored on another TD run and the Wildcats led 13-7 after the missed extra point.
The Bears struck back as Tamrick Pace tosses a pass to Bell in stride for a 68-yard TD. Suarez's PAT put the Bears ahead 14-13 at halftime.
After the Brownsboro defense held the Wildcats to a three-and-out on the first drive of the second half, the Bears drove 98-yards to paydirt. Pace's 2-yard dash topped off the march for a Brownsboro lead of 21-13 after the Suarez extra point.
After stopping Palestine again, Pace connected with Xavier Richardson for a 52-yard TD. Thus, the Bears led 27-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter had both teams trading scores. The Bears scored on a 28-yard pass from Pace to Bell. Suarez made his fourth PAT. The Wildcats' Claude Rodgers threw a 2-yard pass to Mims for the score.
Leading the Bears in rushing were Thompson (193 yards) and Pace (173 yards). Defensively, Brailyn Brimmage and Caleb Seale paced Brownsboro.
For the Wildcats, Mims had 120 yards rushing, while Jhamonte Milton and Waylon Nickerson wreaked havoc defensively.