By Robert Haddocks
Two teams with a history of region and state titles battled more for pride and just a glimmer of hope to return to the playoffs. In the end, Brookwood, behind Jesse Brown’s 175 yards rushing, beat Parkview, 10-0 to notch its first win of the season.
Brookwood is 1-3 on the season, 1-1 in Region 8-AAAAAA. The loss drops Parkview to 0-5, 0-2.
The two teams have a combined six state titles and Brown, a sophomore, believes the Broncos can still get there. He said the win “kick starts our road to the state championship and added that “knocking them to 0-5 is just great.” Brown, who also had 175 yards in his last game against Archer, credited the offensive line for opening up holes and allowing him to use his natural ability.
“We just pounded it down their throats, to be simple,” he said. “We’re a running offense and that’s what we did.”
After a sloppy first half, Brookwood fed the ball to Brown. He gained 130 yards in the second half, bouncing off tacklers and breaking away with surprising speed. The Broncos were plagued by two second-half turnovers and only managed a field goal after halftime, but 10 points were plenty as their defense kept Parkview’s offense in check.
Brown scored the only touchdown of the game early in the second quarter when he busted up the middle and outran a defensive back for a 42-yard touchdown. Brandon Morrow, who later had a 41-yard field goal, kicked the point after to give Brookwood a 7-0 lead.
The first half illuminated just how far the two proud programs have fallen. They combined for 152 total yards of offense, 11 penalties and nine plays for negative yardage excluding a Brookwood kneel-down to end the half. Brookwood rushed for 43 yards with 42 coming on Brown’s touchdown run. The Broncos’ 12 other carries netted one yard.
Both teams entered the season with expectations of the playoffs. Parkview advanced to the quarterfinals last season with a 9-4 record and returned several key players. But the Panthers’ offense has struggled all season. Parkview is averaging less than eight points a game. Parkview had not been 0-5 since 1986 when they started the season 0-6.
Brookwood – 0 – 7 – 3 – 0 – 10
Parkview – 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 – 0
B – Jesse Brown 42 run (Brandon Morrow kick)
B – Morrow 41 FG