October 16, 2008

Brookfield Blanks SCR-I 34-0 To Keep Tigers Winless in Conference Play

Traditional Tri-Rivers Conference powerhouse Brookfield came to Memphis Friday night and blanked the Tigers 34-0 to remain undefeated in league play and set up a conference title match against Clark County that likely will also settle the district championship.

Scotland County remained winless in league play, but must now turn the page to “Season Two”, as district play will open next week.

SCR-I opened the game on defense, and despite a good kick return by the Bulldogs, was able to stop Brookfield on downs when Brandon Garnett made a nice stop on an end run attempt.

SCR-I went three and out on offense, and gave Brookfield the ball back with good field position. The Bulldogs took advantage of the short field as Colby Bailey connected with fellow senior Dillon Devoy on a 29-yard touchdown pass. The PAT was no good leaving Brookfield on top 6-0 with 6:29 to go in the first quarter.

After another three and out by the Tigers offense, Brookfield went back to work. Senior running back Nathan Bennett scored on a six-yard run with 2:59 to play in the first period. Austin Lindsay converted the PAT kick to make it 13-0.

Scotland again was unable to move the chains on offense on its third possession of the contest. But the SCR-I defense forced a Brookfield fumble and Garnett recovered the turnover with 53.8 seconds left in the first period.

After SCR-I went three and out, Brookfield mounted a long drive to start the second period. Senior Aaron Sprouse capped off the drive for Brookfield with a four-yard TD run. The PAT made it 20-0 with 7:31 left to play in the first half.

After another SCR-I punt, Brookfield looked posed to tack on another score but the Tigers defense came up with a big stop, forcing Brookfield to turn the ball over on downs at the 11 yard line with 2:52 left in the second period.

Caleb Kittle broke a 14-yard run up the middle for the Tigers to move the chains and get the offense out of the shadows of its own endzone. But the drive went no further, and Brookfield got the ball back with one final opportunity to score.

Once again the SCR-I defense answered the bell and prevented any further damage as time ran out on a final Brookfield drive.

SCR-I took the kick off to start the second half but was unable to score. Brookfield marched down the field eating up a big chunk of the third period before Bailey scored on a five yard run with 5:09 on the clock. The PAT made it 27-0.

Brookfield put the game away with a seven-minute drive in the fourth period. The Bulldogs took over with 11:10 left in the final period. Jacob Buckallew capped off the long series with a four-yard TD run with just 3:55 left to play. The PAT made it 34-0.

Scotland County finished the contest with four first downs on offense. Kittle ran the ball 20 times for 31 yards. Kyle Shelley carried the ball five times for 13 yards and Logan Brassfield had three attempts for eight yards. Harley Stone had one carry for five yards. Shelley completed two of seven passes for –2 yards. Sabe Sears had one reception and Kittle caught the other pass.

Brookfield picked up 20 first downs on the night. Bailey completed seven of 13 passes for 141 yards and the TD. Sprouse ran the ball 18 times for 96 yards and a score. Buckallew had 12 attempts for 110 yards and a TD and Bennett ran it nine times for 31 yards and a TD. Bailey carried the ball three times for eight yards and a TD.

Garnett led the Tigers defense with 16 tackles on the evening. Shelley also made 16 stops from his linebacker position. Sabe Sears finished with 13 tackles and Brassfield made 11 stops while Stone finished with nine tackles.

The loss dropped SCR-I to 1-6 on the year and 0-4 in league play. Brookfield moves to 6-1 overall and 6-0 in league play. The league title will be settled in the final week of the regular season, when the Bulldogs play in Kahoka.

SCR-I opens Class 1 District 12 play this Friday hosting Knox County in the annual Clyde traveling trophy rivalry game. The Eagles (2-5, 2-2) are riding a two-game winning streak after back-to-back league wins over Putnam County and Milan.

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