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Hubbard takes care of business

Brookfield can't keep up with high-flying Eagles

October 5, 2013
By MIKE McLAIN - Tribune Chronicle (mmclain@tribtoday.com) , Underthelights

HUBBARD - It was a short night of work for Hubbard Eagles running back L.J. Scott, who was able to accomplish all of his chores nonetheless.

The 219-pound junior carried the ball 20 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and he added a touchdown on a 33-yard reception in the Eagles' 54-9 win over the Brookfield Warriors Friday. Scott carried the ball only once in the second half - a 12-yard scamper for a touchdown - before giving his body a needed rest.

"The coaches put me to rest, but I was trying to get out there for a couple more plays," Scott said. "The smart way is to put me to rest because we have some tough games coming up."

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Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple
Hubbard’s Isiah Scott (19) makes a reception at the goal line and dives into the end zone over Brookfield’s Brian Hiner for a second-quarter touchdown.

The Eagles, who are ranked sixth in the Associated Press Division III poll, improved their record to 6-0. The Warriors are 4-2.

There was plenty to like about the outcome for Eagles coach Brian Hoffman. Another strong performance by Scott was among the highlights. Scott has had to deal with several injuries since the season opener, but he appears to be getting healthy just in time for back-to-back games against Niles McKinley and Poland.

Another bright spot was sophomore George Hill, who adds sprinter's speed to the backfield in relief of Scott. He flashed his breakaway skills on an 84-yard return of a punt for a touchdown.

Hoffman was extremely pleased with the play of the defense, which held the Warriors to 173 yards. Many off those yards were gained with backup defenders on the field.

"Defensively, we ended up getting a lot of guys on the football," Hoffman said. "That was the difference. We kind of shut down their running game and forced them to throw. Hats off to the way our guys contributed on the defensive side. They tackled well."

It was a tough learning lesson for the inexperienced Warriors. Their lone touchdown came on a 7-yard run by Joe Clark in the third quarter. Brookfield added a safety on the first play of the ensuing Hubbard possession when Jamar Tarver fell on quarterback Brennan Wassil in the end zone after a high snap flew over Wassil's head.

"They manhandled us," Brookfield coach Randy Clark said. "It was good for our kids to get a little whoopin' and wake up. I knew we had to play our very best game and they had to play their worst game to be in this. We're okay. We're going to be all right. Hopefully we came out of it injury-free."

A highlight for the Warriors came when they stopped Scott for no gain on fourth-and 1 at the Brookfield 9 on the opening possession of the game. It was all Hubbard from then on as Scott scored on runs of 14 and 21 yards in addition to his scoring reception from Wassil, who was 8-of-13 for 138 yards.

Wassil threw three touchdown passes, including a 9-yarder to Isiah Scott and a 19-yarder to Darnell Tate in the first half as the Eagles opened a 27-0 lead.

Hill got the second half started with a bang when he slipped a tackle after fielding a punt and raced across the field to pick up blockers for a touchdown that increased the lead to 34-0. L.J. Scott then scored on a 12-yard run before taking a seat on the bench.

"Offensively we were playing pretty strong and had a good lead," Hoffman said. "We have a lot of confidence in George and what he can do. We felt the time was right to get him (L.J. Scott) out of the game."

The Eagles added two more touchdowns following the Warriors' two scores. The first came when Bill Fisher intercepted a pass by Augustus Necastro and returned it 70 yards. Jeremy Potter then scored on a 2-yard run.

"Right now we're 6-0 and we want to stay there," L.J. Scott said of the undefeated record. "We want to get to the next step."

Hubbard hosts Niles on Friday. Brookfield goes on the road for a third straight week to play Ashtabula Edgewood on Friday.