October 15, 2009
What may have been the final bus trip to Brookfield proved to be far from memorable for the Scotland County football program as the Tigers were sent packing with a 43-0 defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs.
Brookfield, which recently announced it, along with Clark County, will be leaving the Tri-Rivers Conference following the 2009-10 season, wasted little time jumping out in front of SCR-I.
Quarterback Austin Lindsay threw a perfect strike to Blake Williams for a 43-yard touchdown pass with 9:53 left in the first period. The extra point kick made it 7-0 much to the delight of the Brookfield homecoming crowd.
Cody Taft took the ensuing kickoff and found daylight up the middle of the field before being tripped up just before he could break away for the touchdown. That proved to be a huge play as SCR-I fumbled the snap and the Bulldogs’ Gary Lindsay recovered the fumble at the 35-yard line.
Lindsay connected with Mike McCollum on a pass play to the seven-yard line. But the Brookfield receiver was shaken up on the play, and the game was delayed while ambulance personnel attended to the player and ultimately transported him to the hospital.
When play resumed, Brookfield made it 13-0 just three plays later when Mitchell Ayers scored on a two-yard run with 5:36 left in the opening period. SCR-I blocked the PAT kick.
After another good return by Taft, SCR-I was unable to move the chains, going three and out with a punt.
Sabe Sears booted a great punt that backed Brookfield up to the 15-yard line. But Lindsay got the Bulldogs going with a 27-yard scramble.
SCR-I appeared to have Brookfield stopped at midfield, but a favorable spot on a fourth down run, gave Brookfield a first down by just a few chain links. The drive ultimately ended for Brookfield as they turned the ball over on downs at the 15-yard line.
The two teams traded punts on the following two possessions, with Brookfield winning the field position battle, leaving SCR-I stuck at the six yard line. A pair of fumbled snaps backed up the Tigers even further before Brookfield recorded a safety with 1:32 left in the first half to make the score 15-0.
Brookfield took advantage of the short field created by the ensuing free kick to mount one final scoring drive before half. Lindsay connected with Ethan Harmon on a 17-yard TD pass with 25.8 ticks left on the clock. The extra point put Brookfield ahead 22-0.
After amassing just 29 yards of offense and one first down in the opening half, SCR-I scrapped the debut of its no huddle offense.
Brookfield dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for more than 16 of the 24 minutes in the first two periods.
After a solid defensive battle for much of the second period, the score just before half appeared to sap much of the Tigers intensity.
SCR-I came out of the locker room and took the kick to start the third period. A pair of penalties backed up SCR-I and forced a three and out. Brookfield faired much better on its opening drive of the second half. The Bulldogs made it 29-0 with 8:47 to play in the third quarter when Andrew Baum scored on a 10-yard run.
After SCR-I again went three and out on offense, Brookfield put the game totally out of reach. Lindsay found Baum for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 3:42 left in the third quarter to make the score 36-0.
Both squads turned the action over to the junior varsity in the fourth period that featured a running clock.
Brookfield tacked on a late score when Jordon Orr scored on a one-yard run with 5:31 in the game.
Brock Bondurant connected on a couple passes late in the game, hitting Dakota Wells for a 17-yard completion and Zach Miller for a 13-yard play.
That may prove big as the sophomore could be forced into a starting role as district play opens this week. Starter Sabe Sears suffered a hand injury in the second half Friday night and his status for Friday’s game is undecided.
The Tigers finished the night with just four first downs and 78 yards of total offense. Taft was held to 29 yards on 11 carries. Kyle Shelley had just two rushing attempts. Sears completed two passes for 14 yards before being injured.
Brookfield amassed 22 first downs. Lindsay had 94 yards on 21 carries. He completed five of 10 passes for 110 yards and three TDs. Mitchell Ayers had 94 yards on eight attempts including the longest play of the night, a 46-yard run.
SCR-I fell to 4-3 on the year and 1-2 in the Tri-Rivers Conference. Brookfield improved to 6-1 and 6-0 in the TRC with its fifth straight win. The Bulldogs lone loss came to non-conference Marceline in week two. The league championship will be decided in the final regular season contest versus fellow undefeated Clark County (7-0, 6-0 TRC)