October 21, 2004

Brookfield Secures Conference Crown, Spoils SCR-I Homecoming

By halftime of Friday night’s homecoming game at Scotland County R-I High School the home team was more than ready for the visiting Brookfield squad to go home as the Bulldogs demolished the Tigers 47-0 to spoil the festivities.

Brookfield (7-0) has defeated its opponents by an average score of 35-6, so Scotland County was not the only team to struggle against the Bulldogs, who now sit atop the Tri-Rivers Conference with a perfect 6-0 mark in league play to insure the school’s fourth straight conference football title.

SCR-I had its chances early as Brookfield fumbled on its first drive. The Tigers moved the ball downfield with the passing game before the Bulldogs came up with an interception to stop the drive.

Two plays later Brookfield was on top 7-0 as Caleb Buckallew broke a 39-yard touchdown run.

The Tigers never could get their running game going against the Bulldogs talented front five. SCR-I went three and out and punted.

Brookfield returned the kick for a TD, but the play was brought back on a penalty. That only slowed down Brookfield as quarterback Brent Paalhar hit Sean O’Toole with a 35-yard bomb in the end zone for a 14-0 advantage at 11:10 left in the second period.

Tim Robinson picked up a first down for the Tigers on their next possession but the team could not move the chains again.

Brookfield took the punt and three plays later Paalhar scrambled and broke free for a 49-yard TD run to put Brookfield ahead 21-0.

The Bulldogs got the ball right back as SCR-I fumbled at the 11-yard line. The Tigers defense held but the offense gave the ball away again with the third turnover of the first half, another fumble.

This time the Bulldogs would not be turned away as Buckallew jammed the ball into the end zone from three yards away. The point after kick was blocked to leave the score at 27-0 with 4:01 left in the first half.

Any hopes of a second-half rally took a big blow early in the third period when the Tigers coughed up the third fumble of the contest. Brookfield once again got points off the turnover as White scored on a three-yard run to make the score 34-0.

Paalhar accounted for his third score of the game with his second rushing TD, an eight-yard run with 1:12 left in the third period. The PAT made the score 40-0 and insured that the clock would remain running for the rest of the contest.

That didn’t stop the Bulldogs from tacking on one final score as Sivera broke a 41-yard run late in the fourth period to make the final score 47-0.

The Tigers were limited to just 33-yards rushing and less than 140 yards of total offense. SCR-I had 10 first downs. Robinson had 28 carries on nine attempts. The Tigers leading rusher, Jared Shelley was limited to negative two yards on 11 attempts. Marcus Shalley completed 10 of 24 passes for 103 yards and was intercepted once. Matt Wickert had five receptions for 67 yards. Grant Blomme had two receptions and Karl Snyder made the other grab.

Snyder and B.J. Houghton each had eight tackles to lead the defense. Shelley and Brett Hoskinson each had seven stops while Jon Keller and Devin Mauck had six tackles.

Buckallew led Brookfield with 181 yards rushing on 17 carries. Paalher ran for 69 yards and two TDs on three carries. He completed just two of 10 passes for 47 yards and a TD. Brookfield had more than 500 yards total offense with 443 yards rushing.

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