October 18, 2007

Brookfield Locomotive Speeds to 58-12 Victory Over SCR-I

Last week it was the revving race car engines of Clark County and this Friday night it was the freight train whistle of Brookfield. For the second straight week of high school football, Scotland County R-I’s surroundings have corresponded with the ball game.

While the trains were rumbling down the tracks adjacent to Burlington Field in Brookfield, the home football team was doing the same on the field. The Bulldogs rolled to a 58-12 victory with Quad City DJ’s C’mon ‘N Ride the Train, woo woo, blaring over the loud speakers for the packed homecoming crowd.

Junior quarterback Colby Bailey was the engineer that drove the Brookfield locomotive to the big win. Without the services of all-conference performer Brian Severa, who will miss the remainder of the year due to a neck injury, Bailey stepped up for the Bulldogs. The quarterback scored on runs of 72 yards and 63 yards to blow the contest open late in the second period.

Brookfield jumped on top early courtesy of an SCR-I turnover. An interception gave Brookfield a short field to work. Justin White scored on a one-yard run to cap off a 34-yard drive. Bailey added the PAT kick to make it 7-0 with 7:21 left in the first quarter.

A muffed kickoff pinned SCR-I deep. After going three and out on offense, Brookfield found itself just 19 yards from a second score courtesy of a good punt return.

Aaron Sprouse did the honors this time, scoring on a five-yard TD run. Bailey’s kick made it 14-0 with 3:41 left in the first period.

The Tigers showed some offensive spark on the next possession. Jeff Kice picked up 17 yards on his longest run of the season. But the SCR-I drive ultimately stalled resulting in a punt with 1:19 to go in the opening frame.

White made it 21-0 when he scored on a six-yard run with 10:26 on the second period clock.

Caleb Kittle gave the Tigers good field position with a solid kick return. SCR-I moved the chains when Kyle Shelley connected with Brandon Garnett that got SCR-I past mid-field.

But after an SCR-I punt, Bailey stole any growing momentum the Tigers had as he escaped several tackles on his way to a 72-yard score. He made the PAT to put his team on top 28-0 with 6:34 left in the first half.

After an SCR-I punt, the Tigers finally got the team on the board when Garnett snagged an attempted screen pass in the backfield and sprinted 44-yards to the end zone. The SCR-I 2-point attempt failed leaving the score at 28-6.

Coach Brent Bondurant urged his troops on saying “Football is a game of momentum, and you just had a huge momentum swing, so use it.”

The challenge proved prophetic, but for the wrong team, as Brookfield swiped the momentum right back when Bailey again eluded several SCR-I tacklers on his way to a 63-yard TD on Brookfield’s first play from scrimmage. The PAT made it 35-6 with 4:14 to play in the first half.

Scotland went to the two-minute offense and the passing game was effective in moving the chains. Shelley hit Kittle for a first down. He then connected with tight end Craig Wittstock for another first down. But SCR-I ran out of time as the first half came to an end.

The train started right where it left off in the second half. Another big run by Bailey set up a 29-yard touchdown pass from the QB to Sprouse. Bailey’s kick made it 42-6.

SCR-I got the points right back. Caleb Hunt took the kick off all the way back to the six yard line. From there Kice took the ball in for six points with 9:06 left in the third period to make it 42-12.

The SCR-I defense came up with its first stop of the night, forcing Brookfield to turn the ball over on downs.

But after a pair of first down runs by Kice, SCR-I turned the ball over on downs just 29 yards from paydirt.

Bailey’s third touchdown of the night made it 49-12 with 10:24 left to play.

SCR-I again showed signs of life on offense. Garnett moved the chains with excellent second effort after a completion from Shelley. The sophomore QB then hit Wittstock for another first down.

But Brookfield’s Austin Lindsay stepped in front of the next SCR-I pass and took the interception back the length of the field. The 55-yard TD and the ensuing PAT by Bailey made it 56-12 with 4:53 on the clock.

Brookfield added a late safety to make the final margin 58-12.

SCR-I passed the 100-yard mark on offense, gaining nine first downs on the night. Kice carried the ball 19 times for 51 yards. Shelley completed five of 18 passes for 53 yards. Garnett had two grabs for 25 yards. Wittstock added two receptions.

Kice, Shelley and Kittle each had eight tackles to lead the SCR-I defense. Garnett added six stops to go along with the interception while Logan Brassfield recovered a Brookfield fumble.

Bailey finished with 180 yards and 3 TDs on just nine carries to lead Brookfield (6-1, 5-1 TRC). He also completed seven of 14 passes for 114 yards and a TD.

SCR-I falls to 0-7 on the season and 0-5 in conference play.

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