November 1, 2001
Brookfield Ends Tigers District Title Hopes With 35-6 Defeat
Brookfield proved its 7-1 mark on the season is no fluke, early and often as the Bulldogs quickly built a 35-0 lead over Scotland County en route to a 35-6 victory. The win clinched the Tri-Rivers Conference title for the Bulldogs and also ended the district title hopes for SCR-I.
The Bulldogs played more like bulldozers as they had their way with what had been a very stingy Tigers defense all season. Brookfield took the opening kickoff and marched down field, only being forced to a third down once in a 60-plus yards drive.
While the drive was fueled by the ground attack of Brook White, the score came on a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Gerrit Hane to receiver John Hoover. Jonathan Black made the PAT kick to make the score 7-0 less than three minutes into the game.
Scotland County had the ball just three plays before Brookfield picked off an Aarron Holt pass attempt to take over. A clipping penalty on the interception return backed Brookfield up to the 22 yard line.
Unfortunately that didn't matter as again Brookfield quickly drove those 78 yards behind White's running. Ty Golden also had a big gain on a counter trap as he picked up 29 yards on the run play. That forced an SCR-I time out. Coach Dave Shalley's efforts to regroup the defense appeared to pay off as Robbie Miller came up with a tackle in the backfield to force a fourth down and nine yards to go. But Brookfield went to the air and Hane found Golden for a 24-yard pass play. That set up a three-yard TD run by White. Black added the PAT to push the lead to 14-0 with 3:57 remaining in the first quarter.
Kirk Stott gave SCR-I excellent field position as he took the kickoff back up the left sideline before being tackled out of bounds at mid field.
Brookfield gave the Tigers their first first down of the game courtesy of three offsides penalties on Scotland County's first four plays of the drive. SCR-I used a little trickery to move the chains again as on fourth down the Tigers faked the punt and Holt hit Stott with a nine-yard pass for the first down.
Scotland County moved the ball to the 15-yard line with another pass from Holt to Stott but the drive ended on downs and Brookfield took over.
Minutes later Brookfield made the score 21-0 as White ate up huge chunks of ground with runs of 14, 15, and 19 yards on the drive before he finished it off with a three-yard TD. Black nailed the PAT to put Brookfield up by three scores with 6:07 left in the second period.
Scotland County moved the chains when Holt hit Chase Moore with a short pass. Holt took matters into his own hands on the next play to pick up a first down with his feet on the scramble. SCR-I was poised to go for it on fourth down and inches before a penalty backed up the Tigers and forced a punt.
Brookfield was looking to add to the score before the half but Holt picked off the Brookfield pass from Hane near mid field to end the series.
At the break White had the numbers of a good game just halfway through the contest with 126 yards on 18 carries. That was more than the entire Tigers offense, which managed just 39 yards rushing in the first half and only 35 yards passing.
The luck didn't change for Scotland County in the second half. The Tigers took the kickoff and went just three plays before punting. The kick was blocked by Brookfield and recovered at the 11-yard line. White took the first handoff of the second half and covered those 11 yards for the score. Black made the PAT and the score was 28-0 with 10:19 left in the third period.
The Bulldogs delivered the knockout blow six minutes later as Brandon White scored on a one-yard touchdown run. Black made his fifth PAT kick to make the score 35-0 and to keep the clock running non-stop.
After another SCR-I punt, the Tigers defense made its lone stop of the Bulldogs offense early in the fourth period.
That set up the lone scoring drive of the evening for Scotland County. Holt hit Tim Buford to start the ball moving. Aaron Dale then nearly doubled the team's rushing totals for the game with a 20-yard dash down the left sidelines. Holt then hit Moore for a long pass down the right side to set up the score. Holt hit Stott on a three-yard touchdown pass. The two-point attempt failed, leaving the score 35-6 with 2:46 left in the game.
The two teams closed out the game with the junior varsity squads on the field as Brookfield went on to the victory.
The Brookfield offense dominated the game, picking up 19 first downs, mostly thanks to the running of White. He carried the ball 30 times for 196 yards and three scores. The Bulldogs nearly passed the 300-yard mark in rushing while adding 43 yards through the air.
Scotland County was held to 90 yards on the ground. Dale led the way with 40 yards, while the starting backfield of Jarrod Talbert and Jeff McBee was held to 23 yards on 11 attempts. Joel Myers finished with 16 yards on four carries while Holt rushed four times for eight yards.
Holt completed nine of 15 pass attempts for 79 yards, one interception and 1 TD. Moore was the leading receiver with three catches for 36 yards while Stott had three grabs for 25 yards. Buford had two catches and Dale added one.
Dale led the Tigers defense with 15 tackles. Miller added 10 stops while Brett Masden, Myers and McBee each finished with seven.
The loss drops SCR-I to 4-5 on the season and 3-3 in conference play with one league game remaining against Putnam County.