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Brookfield beats YCS, sits pretty for playoffs

October 27, 2013
By KAYLA HANUSCHAK - Tribune Chronicle correspondent ( , Underthelights

POLAND - The penalties between Brookfield and Youngstown Christian came often on Saturday night. And so did the yards for Brookfield tailback Joe Clark.

The senior took control over the 28-0 penalty-happy shutout over the Eagles at Poland High School. Brookfield lost 64 yards due to 11 penalties and the Eagles lost 77 yards from 11 penalties.

"We changed the cadence up and like to get a jump on the ball," Brookfield coach Randy Clark said. "A couple of times it worked and a couple times it backfired on ourselves and hurt us. But other than that, the penalties we are going to have to clean up and that's what we are going to do. We had a pretty good game plan. The kids executed very well. It helped a little bit when Darien Townsend (of Youngstown Christian) didn't play in the game. He's a pretty good athlete, but I think that we executed better this week than we have in the past and hopefully it's something good for the future."

Joe Clark led all rushers with 22 carries for 119 yards, caught one for 14 yards and scored two of the Warriors three touchdowns. His first touchdown came with 9:14 left in the first quarter. He made a 9-yard run earning his team six points. Kicker Kasey Tingler's extra point was good, putting the first seven points of the game on the board.

"The line actually came out and had some swagger to them this week," Joe said. "They had some fire underneath their butts, opened up some holes and I just went through them and scored."

The senior tailback was not kidding when he said the offensive line did their job. Total, Brookfield (7-2) totaled 259 yards of offense. Just on one play, the line made a perfect hole for Nate Morrison to blow past the Eagles defense for 66 yards, only to be stopped at the 1-yard line. Morrison's run led to a touchdown from sophomore quarterback Augustus Necastro, with another good kick from Tingler.

"The gameplan was to run some misdirection and we knew that they have a big defensive lineman. He likes to come off the ball and try to trap them," Youngstown Christian coach Brian Marrow said. "We ran some misdirection and it worked early and it was pretty good."

Youngstown Christian was not far behind them, yardage wise. They totaled up for 229 yards. Kemonie Bryant, a sophomore running back, ran the ball 20 times for 68 yards. Right behind him was senior quarterback Paris Bennett with 13 carries for 56 yards. He also passed the ball for 98 yards. Senior receiver Robert Thompson put up 77 receiving yards on just three catches.

"We just had a lot of distractions with younger guys in and injuries and having our best player out," Marrow said. "We just didn't have it and on top of that, with playing a formidable opponent like Brookfield, it's really tough, when you are missing guys and your best player is out. Like I said, they're well coached and a real good team. Our guys did what we could do. We just told our kids that we love them and to stay strong."

Both Clarks for Brookfield are confident that they will have a bid in the playoff campaign this season.

"I think we are in pretty good shape," Randy said. "We will probably get a win next week. We will see what happens. We have LaBrae at home. It will be our senior night and final home game. We will see what happens with that."

"It feels good, really good," Joe said. "I think we will make the playoffs and possibly get home field advantage for the first game. We need to keep the intensity up and keep the swagger going."

As far as the Eagles and the playoffs, Marrow is hopeful.

"As funny as it may sound, we still have a shot at the playoffs. If we finish out 4-5 it's like not a 100 percent chance but there is still a chance at 3-6. I just try to keep my kids fighting, get everyone healthy this week. All year we haven't had a healthy team. Our schedule is pretty tough, that is why we still have a shot. Brookfield is just really good.

"We have Gilmour Academy next week. I knew it was a slim outside chance with the games on our schedule. We are in control of our own destiny now but we have to win the ball game first. I'm just concerned about our kids sticking together and being a family and loving each other like I've always told them. And we have been blasting the last couple of years and it's a blessing this year to face adversity and have our kids come out with it."



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