Mark it down The drop to Division 2 could be big for coach Greg Pearson in his second season. Look for the Bears to make some noise when district begins. 2017 RECORD 5-6 (Tied 4th, District 8-4A) Brownsboro ready for move to Division II move down to Class 4A, Division II has the coaching staff excited for what is to come this year. With 21 returning lettermen and 13 re- turning starters, second-year coach Greg Pearson said he is ready for the level of Division II play. “We feel like it was fair,” Pearson said. “Playing in a district with two schools that had over 1,200 students while you are playing with less than 800 was a bit of a disadvantage, especially on the depth side.” Brownsboro senior running back Saul Williams returns following a 1,000-yard rushing season last year. He finished with 1,174 yards and 15 touchdowns as an Athens Daily Review All-Henderson County Area Second Team member. Williams is the team leader in tackles from last season with 72 as a defensive back. He will be joined by senior Ashton Williams in the backfield. Ashton had 39 carries for 215 yards and one touchdown. Williams is expected to play on both sides of the ball. “We are expecting big things out of these two along with several others,” the A coach said. At quarterback, junior Cole Williams returns from an injury that shortened his sophomore sea- son last year. He will be bat- Head Coach tling Jonathan Greg Surlet, who took Pearson over the starting job last year. He was 38 of 66 for 551 yards and five touchdowns passing. Surlet rushed for 71 yards on 49 car- ries with one touchdown. Defensively, Pearson recognized juniors Gage Wehrmann, Matthew Craig, Noah Sissom and Hayden Estridge and seniors Izik Boykin, Luke Wellman, Austin Loosier, Hunter Brackett and Wyatt Green as play- “We would love to see our kids play fast, hard and physical with relentless effort.” – Greg Pearson Senior spotlight Ashton Williams looks to have a strong senior cam- paign on both sides of the ball for sec- ond year coach Greg Pearson. Williams With his strong work ethic, he looks to help the run- ning game after accounting for 215 yards and one touchdown in 2017. With the move to Division II, fans can expect to see Williams have an impressive campaign in 2018. 42 ers to watch. Pearson said when it comes to things to work on during the summer, they stressed what they talked about during the Fanfare Season in Review interview. “We have not only stressed the impor- tance of the weight room in building physi- cal but also the mental toughness that it takes to be a champion,” he said. Brownsboro looks to return to the play- offs this season as they join Rusk, Wills Point, Bullard and Canton in District 7-4A, Division II play. The Bears are picked behind Rusk by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine. The rest of the district is Wills Point, Bullard and Canton as four of the teams were playoff teams in 2017. “We feel very honored to be chosen as the second-best team in the district, but we know preseason predictions don't count when the season is over,” Pearson said. “We have to go earn it each week.” The first test is Aug. 31 at Bruce Field in a rematch with the Athens Hornets. Athens won the season finale last year, 49-42 in the last minute at Bear Stadium. “We would love to see our kids play fast, hard and physical with relentless ef- fort,” the coach said. Did you know? 2018 Schedule DATE OPPONENT TIME 2017 RESULT Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 3 at Athens (3-7) at Fairfield (6-6) Sunnyvale (7-5) West (10-3) at Van (10-2) at Center (3-8) Canton (6-5)* at Wills Point (6-5)* Rusk (9-3)* at Bullard (3-7)* 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 L 49-42 DNP DNP DNP L 49-35 DNP W 26-21 DNP DNP W 49-35 Bold denotes homecoming game/* district game/ Opponent is listed with its 2017 overall season record RETURNING STARTERS: 14 (6/8) RETURNING LETTERMEN: 39 • The Bears offense averaged 32 points per game during the regular season in 2017. Brownsboro looks to continue the high scoring offense as a member of Division II. • The Bears face six opponents with winning records last season and two of those teams were double digit winners. • Brownsboro spends the first two weeks of the season on the road against Athens and Fairfield. The home opener is scheduled for Sept. 14 as they face Sunnyvale.