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Southeast overwhelms Newton Falls

August 26, 2011
By TIM CLEVELAND - Tribune Chronicle ( , Underthelights

NEWTON FALLS - In last season's Week 2 game against Newton Falls, Southeast knocked five of the Tigers' starters out of the game, including quarterback Matt Brazin until Week 10.

The Tigers had a chance at revenge Thursday night, and while they kept their top players healthy, the Pirates dominated in all aspects of the game in a 50-0 demolition.

Southeast rolled up 498 total yards (452 rushing) to only 61 for Newton Falls. Brazin was sacked six times in the game and the Tigers were held to -8 yards on the ground.

"They controlled the game from start to finish," Newton Falls coach Greg Lazzari said. "Up front, they handled us. They took us out of what we like to do offensively. They're a good team. Defensively, we could not stop them. Four yards and a cloud of dust is what they did. We did some good things in taking away some of their big-play tries, but when it comes down to it, they controlled the front on both sides of the ball."

Southeast coach Steve Sigworth said taking control of the line of scrimmage was his team's goal.

"We wanted to come out and we wanted to be physical," he said. "We set the tone. Newton Falls isn't a bad football team, but we just kind of got the ball rolling our way a little bit."

The Pirates set the tone for the game right off the bat, driving 81 yards in nine plays in 2 minutes, 42 seconds. Tylor Brokaw culminated the drive with an 8-yard scoring run.

After forcing a punt, Southeast then went 90 yards in 13 plays, taking 3:27 off the clock for a 14-0 first-quarter advantage. Facing a third and 15 on the Newton Falls 38, Brokaw broke off an 18-yard run to keep the drive alive. After holding and false start penalties pushed the ball back to the 35, Noah Kainrad rushed for 35 yards on second and 25 for the touchdown.

The next series pretty much ended any hopes the Tigers had of coming back. After a bad snap over Chance Marsh's head resulted in a 16-yard loss to set up third and 21, Brazin was intercepted by Brandon Olson at midfield.

"I can't say enough about Brandon Olson," Sigworth said. "He's always had good quickness, good speed. We just didn't know what we were going to get with him."

The Pirates promptly drove down the field in seven plays for a three-touchdown lead. Brokaw was the workhorse in the drive, rushing four times for 40 yards. Olson was rewarded for his pick with the 5-yard scoring run.

Brokaw led all players with 170 yards rushing on 18 carries.

"Ty's more of a power runner, breaking tackles, turning things out, never goes down on first contact," Sigworth said. "He takes a lot of pride in just running hard."

Even though there was 8:35 remaining in the first half, the Tigers were finished at that point.

Kainrad scored his second TD later in the second quarter, and Southeast continued to have things go its way in the third, as Brandon James fumbled on the Newton Falls 1 and offensive lineman Charlie Hostetler recovered in the end zone for a 42-0 advantage with 2:46 remaining in the quarter.

Even with its backups in the game, Southeast continued to move the ball and added one more score late in the fourth. After recovering a Tigers fumble on the 25, the Pirates scored in four plays as Chris Gadd went in from 15 yards out. They added insult to injury as Shayne Meadows scored on the 2-point conversion.

"We've got to get better, and we've got to get better in a hurry," Lazzari said. "Obviously, there's some things up front we need to fix. Some guys that we thought might do the job for us, well they might not be doing the job for us next week."

Southeast hosts Field on Friday, while Newton Falls visits Garaway.