he local pair of football programs traveled to Salisbury Saturday night for the annual football jamboree. The Brookfield Bulldogs and Marceline Tigers welcomed challenges from each other, as well as the Macon Tigers and Salisbury Panthers.
The affair was played with each team running 12 offensive plays, and then their opponent running 12 plays as well. Teams played each other team once, with games going on one half of the field at a time.
The first session saw Marceline take on Salisbury, and Brookfield take on Macon. Salisbury scored twice on the Tigers JV defense, and did not score on offense. Brookfield scored twice against Macon on offense, on a run by Collin Thudium, and on a pass from Anthony Cupp to Lucas Noble. Brookfield also had a fumble recovery on defense, but gave up an interception on offense.
The second session saw Brookfield take on Salisbury, and Marceline take on Macon. Macon had a score against the JV defense, and recovered a fumble from the JV offense. Brookfield scored once against Salisbury, on a run from Ramzie Cooper.
The final session of the night was the one most anticipated locally, as the Bell Game rivals tied one on for 24 plays. Brookfield scored on offense first, on their first play, with a long run by Cooper. Marceline responded with a solid drive, and a score by Kyle Bell.
"We played hard and that what I wanted to see," said Marceline Tigers Head Football Coach Paul Thomas. "We got a lot of kids in, and will watch the film and see. Mentally and physically we want to get better. We will look at Knox County on Monday and see what happens."
"I thought overall we were pretty sharp," said Brookfield Bulldogs Head Football Coach Nile Thudium. "I was pleased to see some execution offensively, and I thought we were flying around defensively. We tried to get out of here without an injury, but overall I was pleased. We just have to make sure we look at film, limit the amount of mistakes we make, and execute our offense to the best of our ability. We can't kill ourselves with turnovers. Defensively, we have to turn up the tempo even more."
The Brookfield Bulldogs open their season this Friday night in Center against Mark Twain, while the Marceline Tigers open in Edina against Knox County. Both of these Week One matchups kick off at 7 p.m. and will be previewed in the LCL's Friday Night Lights section on Wednesday.