October 17, 2002
Brookfield Blasts Tigers To Drop SCR-I To .500 In Conference Play
Despite a 5-0 record heading into Friday night's game, the word on Brookfield was that the perennial Tri-Rivers Conference powerhouse was not as good as in past years. Don't tell that to Scotland County football boosters as Brookfield visited Memphis October 11 and proved it was still the team to beat in the league taking home a 47-6 win.
Quarterback Curtis Cochran rolls out right to avoid the Brookfield pass rush as he looks down field for a receiver during the Tigers October 11 contest.
The contest was a tale of two halves in large part due to turnovers. The Tigers caught a big break on the third play of the game. Brookfield took the opening kickoff and on the second play from scrimmage hooked up for a long pass play. The Tigers defender came from behind and knocked the ball free allowing SCR-I to recover the fumble at the 20-yard line.
The Tigers offense came out featuring a short passing game. Curtis Cochran ran the show to perfection early on. He hit Chase Moore for a couple completions and moved the chains for a third time with a pass to Jason Findling. The drive ultimately stalled out late and the Tigers punted with 6:59 left in the first period.
Brookfield quickly changed the momentum of the game. The early turnover and long drive by SCR-I had the Tigers feeling good about the game. That took a big blow when Ty Golden #21 took the handoff on a counter play and took it to the endzone for a 49-yard TD run. The point after attempt failed leaving Brookfield ahead 6-0 with 5:29 remaining in the first period.
Scotland County again moved the ball well on offense. Aaron Dale had a 14-yard run to start things rolling. SCR-I tried to go deep but the bomb from Cochran was just inches too deep going off Moore's fingertips. The Tigers moved the chains on a pass play from Cochran to Findling before the Brookfield defense held and forced another punt.
The visiting team mounted another scoring drive this time through the air. Quarterback Gerrit Hane found Golden on a 25-yard pass play on third down and long, Hane then hit Matt Lewis with a pass for the two-point conversion giving Brookfield a 14-0 lead with 52 seconds left in the first quarter.
Trailing 14-0 against the best team in the conference Scotland County did not give in. The team mounted its best drive of the game to start the second quarter.
Most of the damage was done through the air. Cochran found Aaron Dale on third down and long to keep the drive alive.
Cochran rolled out to avoid the pressure and found tight end Kiel Fogle across the middle for 15-yards. A personal foul against Brookfield on the play moved SCR-I across midfield. Cochran then hit Moore for a nice gainer. Another pass play to Fogle had the Brookfield defense on its heels forcing the opposition to waste a timeout.
Good runs by Tim Robinson and Joel Myers had the Tigers inside the 20-yard line. But the team could not punctuate the drive and turned the ball over on downs.
The Tigers got a second chance when Brookfield committed its second turnover of the game. Dale recovered a Brookfield fumble at the 27-yard line to again give the Tigers excellent field position.
Scotland County was unable to do anything with the good break. A quarterback sack followed by a penalty had SCR-I going in the wrong direction before Brookfield picked off a desperation pass on fourth down and long.
The Tigers defense refused to allow Brookfield out of the hole. The SCR-I defenders stuffed the ground game and forced Brookfield to pass. That proved dangerous as Moore intercepted the Hane pass and brought the ball all the way back to the 22-yard line. A personal foul against Brookfield, hitting Moore out of bounds, moved the ball to the 11-yard line.
Kiel Fogle is met by the Brookfield defense as he hauls in the reception during the Tigers game October 11.
But the Scotland County struggles in the scoring zone continued. The Tigers could not get the ball in the endzone and another fourth down pass was intercepted at the one-yard line.
The weary Tigers defense could not keep the Brookfield offense in the hole again. The powerful ground game of Brandon White and Caleb Buckallew appeared to have the visitors posed for another score.
Cornerback Danny Roach made a huge play on third down, smelling out the reverse and stopping it for no gain. Brookfield called a time out with 1:07 to play in the first half to draw up a pass play.
The plan didn't work as Moore came up with his second interception of the contest to end the drive.
SCR-I was happy to take a knee on the final play to run out the clock and head to the locker room down just 14-0.
Brookfield turnovers had kept the Tigers in the game in the first half. In the final two quarters of the game it proved to be Tigers turnovers that allowed the other team to run away with the game.
The third play of the first half was a Brookfield turnover. SCR-I returned the favor to start the second half. The third play saw a pass from Cochran go through the hands of his receiver right to Golden. The Brookfield defender took the interception 27-yards for the touchdown to quickly change the complexion of the game. The PAT kick was good and Brookfield led 21-0.
Golden nearly gave an encore performance just minutes later. He came up with his second interception and came up just three yards short on the return. White took the hand off on the next play and took care of those three yards for the TD. The PAT kick made the lead 28-0 less than four minutes into the third period.
The Tigers offense faired better on the third possession of the second half. Findling gave the team good field position at the 24 with a nice kick return. Cochran and Moore teamed up for a big gain on a pass play to move the ball across midfield. A Cochran pass to Fogle followed up by a solid run from Robinson had the offense rolling before the team's third turnover of the third quarter, a fumble, ended the drive.
Brookfield's Nathan Brummitt did the bulk of the work as the visitors once again took advantage of a Tigers miscue. The senior running back ate up nearly 50 yards on the ground by himself, capping the drive off with a 10-yard TD run. The PAT failed leaving Brookfield on top 34-0 with 3:09 left in the third quarter.
The game continued down hill for Scotland County. The kickoff was bobbled and the team made it just to the 10-yard line. Four plays later a short punt gave Brookfield the ball with just 30-yards to go for the team's sixth touchdown of the game.
Brookfield wasted no time, scoring for the fourth time in the horrific third quarter for SCR-I. Brock Hicks went 31-yards for the TD run. The PAT kick was good and Brookfield led 41-0 with 17.8 seconds remaining in the third period.
Scotland County fumbled the ensuing kickoff after a good return allowing Brookfield to take over at the 42-yard line.
The two teams turned the contest over to the junior varsity squads for the fourth period.
The Brookfield JV took advantage of the turnover. Derek Lichtenberg became the sixth Brookfield runner to take a handoff. He had just as much success as his predecessors, going 29 yards on his first attempt. That set up Bobby Mathys who scored on a 14-yard TD run less than a minute into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers JV answered the challenge. Jeremy Hinds broke a 38-yard run to put the team in scoring position. Faced with fourth down and long quarterback Danny Roach hit Drew Holt for a 23-yard TD pass. The two-point attempt failed making the score 47-6 with 8:00 minutes to play.
Brookfield drove the ball down to the 25-yard line running out much of the remainder of the clock. The team then took a knee on four downs to run out the clock.
The Brookfield machine racked up more than 400 yards of offense on the night. Buckallew (#4) led the way on the ground in a very well balanced attack. The sophomore had 71 yards on just six attempts. Brummitt (#26) had 67 yards and a TD on nine carries. Golden took the ball three times for 57 yards and a TD to go along with his two interceptions, one returned for a TD. Fullback Brandon White (#44) went 50 yards with a TD on seven attempts. The team had 330 yards rushing overall.
Hane completed four of nine passes for 84 yards, one TD and two interceptions.
The Scotland County offense managed just 91 yards on the ground, with 45 of that coming from the JV in the last period. Myers was limited to 17 yards on 15 attempts. Hinds finished with 42 yards on three carries.
Cochran completed 10 of 22 passes for 77 yards and four interceptions. Roach was one of two for 23 yards and a TD.
Moore caught four passes for 23 yards. Fogle had three catches for 26 yards and Findling made two receptions for 16. Holt had the TD catch for 22 yards.
Travis Onken, Brett Masden and Jared Shelley led the defense with six tackles each. Dale and Myers recovered fumbles while Moore had the two picks.
The loss sends Scotland County to 2-4 on the season and 2-2 in Tri-Rivers Conference play.
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