The 2019 football season came to an end for the Kingwood Mustangs on Friday. In a Region III-6A Division II bi-district playoff game played at Beaumont Memorial Stadium, it was the West Brook Bruins that proved to have the upper hand in a 55-21 final.
The Mustangs, who faced West Brook in the first round of the playoffs for a second consecutive season, conclude the 2019 campaign with a record of 5-6.
The quick-striking Bruins bolted to a 21-0 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back. The District 21-6A runner-up doubled the margin to 42-0 by halftime.
Kingwood sophomore running back Nick Bernell turned in a 100-yard rushing game, including a 65-yard touchdown run that got the Mustangs on the board initially, midway through the third quarter.
The Mustangs never gave up, scoring twice in the fourth quarter. Kasey Duplechin scored on a 2-yard run that completed a 14-play drive before quarterback Grant Wall threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Parker Hemphill to complete the scoring.
It was the fifth consecutive season in which the Mustangs advanced to the postseason.