The Brookfield Bulldogs traveled to long road to Kahoka for a battle with a familiar foe, the Clark County Indians. Brookfield and Clark have done battles over two different conferences, and both teams have gotten the duke in this heated rivalry.
Brookfield went three-and-out to start the game, with Clark returning Dean Gall’s punt to the Dogs 20. Six plays later, and despite a stuff by Brycen Corf and Quincy Cooper, the Indians would score on a five-yard run. The extra point was no good.
Q1 8:23 Brookfield 0 Clark County 6
The Dogs would again go three-and-out on their next drive. Clark would drive the field, featuring a 20-yard run, and a 25-yard pass. But, Brookfield’s defense showed tenacity, and would not allow another score. Clark County would turn the ball over on downs at the Brookfield one yard line.
A pass from JJ Abongo to Matt Neeley on third down would earn Brookfield their first fresh set of downs after a 25-yard gain. An 11-yard run by Collin Thudium would start the second quarter, and gain another first down for the Dogs. Four plays later, though, Brookfield would stall offensively, and punt the ball away.
Clark would gain 16-yards on third down, and reset the down marker. But, thank in-part to a stuff by Ramzie Cooper, Clark would turn the ball over on downs at the Brookfield 38 four plays later. The teams would exchange possession for most of the rest of the first half.
In the Dogs final possession of the second quarter, a short run by Reed McBroom would set up Thudium for the big gainer. A personal foul against the Indians would add to that, giving the Dogs the ball at midfield. But, four plays later, the half would end, and the Dogs were still scoreless.
Halftime – Brookfield 0 Clark County 6
Clark County would drive to start the second half, gaining first downs on 14-yard and 13-yard runs. But, Cooper Chaffee would end the threat with an interception in the end zone. The teams would exchange punts for the next three possessions.
Clark County would score late in the third quarter on a five play, 68 yard drive. The touchdown came on a 58-yard run. The conversion pass was no good.
Q3 3:26 Brookfield 0 Clark County 12
Brookfield again went three-and-out. Clark would drive the remainder of the third quarter, including a 20-yard run. But, a stuff by Abongo, as well as a fourth down stuff by Marcus Liebhart, Corf, and Zach McConkey, would force a turnover on downs at the Dogs 10 yard line.
Clark picked off a Brookfield pass on second down on the ensuing drive, and would turn the turnover into points with a three play, 30-yard drive. The score came on a 15-yard run. The point-after was faked, and the conversion was no good.
Page 2 of 2 - Q4 7:03 Brookfield 0 Clark County 18
Garrett Zahner returned the squib kickoff to his own 25 yard line. Runs by Abongo and McBroom, as well as a pass from Abongo to Thudium, earned a first down for the Dogs at the Indians 40. Four runs form Abongo broke the Dogs into Clark territory at the 45 yard line to keep the drive alive. A third down pass from Abongo to Liebhart netted 20-yards, and again kept the Dogs driving. A 10-yard run by Abongo made another first down for Brookfield. Runs from Abongo, Thudium, and McBroom got the Dogs to the Indians 10 for a First and Goal. Four plays later, though, Brookfield would be stuffed, and would turn the ball over on downs with 1:05 left in the game.
Final – Brookfield 0 Clark County 18
After the game, Brookfield went to bed very late after the long drive home, sure to be a three seed in their District, and looking at a first round game against Lexington. When they awoke, though, the Dogs were informed of an appeal, due to Lexington downing Trenton in a head-to-head battle.
Although Lexington removed their appeal, MSHSAA ignored that request, and re-seeded the District accordingly. This moved Brookfield to a four seed, and now the Dogs will host longtime rival Trenton (the five seed) in the opening round of District’s this Friday night at historic Burlington Field.