The Brookfield Bulldogs hosted the Trenton Bulldogs at historic Burlington Field Friday night in a renewal of the “Battle of the Bulldogs” rivalry. This opening round playoff match-up, like every game from here on out, is a one-and-done contest.
With 64 teams in Class Two, all seeking an opportunity to play in the Edward Jones Dome for a State Championship, every opponent is sure to bring all they have in each game in this new playoff tournament. The local Dogs won this game, and are one of 32 teams still playing football in the 2012 season.
Brookfield opened with Ramzie Cooper returning the opening kickoff to his own 35. The local Dogs looked en route to a three-and-out, but a roughing call on Dean Gall’s punt gave Brookfield a fresh set of downs at the Trenton 42.
Runs from Collin Thudium, and Cooper earned another Brookfield first down. A short gain by Reed McBroom would set up a 10-yard run by Abongo. A pair of Brookfield penalties would play a big role in this part of the drive. Brookfield had an offsides penalty, hut a big Trenton personal foul gave Brookfield a First and Goal at the one after a Cooper run. Two plays later, McBroom punched it in for the early score. Arturo Huerta added the point-after.
Q1 6:48 Trenton 0 Brookfield 7
The teams exchanged three-and-out’s in their next two possessions. Trenton moved the ball well on the drive after these, gaining a couple of first downs to bring the first quarter to a close. Early in this drive, Zach McConkey enjoyed a tackle for a loss.
Trenton went three-and-out to start the second quarter. Brookfield drove after taking the punt, and a pass on third down from Abongo to Marcus Liebhart would net 24 yards for a first down. Two plays later, Abongo connected with Cooper for an 18-yard strike to get into Trenton territory. Another aerial strike, this time to Matt Neeley, would gain Brookfield 18 yards. But, the drive stalled here, and an attempted 37-yard field goal was missed four plays later.
This let-down was short lived, as the local Dogs saw Brycen Corf force a fumble three plays later, which was recovered by Cooper at the Trenton 32. Runs by Abongo and McBroom set up a 12-yard dash by Thudium, and Cooper took it from there for an eight-yard score. Huerta added the point-after.
Q2 4:18 Trenton 0 Brookfield 14
Trenton drove a bit on the next drive, but stops for a loss by Liebhart and Cooper helped slow things back down for the opposition. A fourth down sack by Cooper and Brent Sparks would turn the ball over at the 50. Two plays later, the half would come to an end.
Page 2 of 2 - Halftime – Trenton 0 Brookfield 14
Trenton came out on fire after the halftime break, and drove the majority of the field on the opening possession of the second half. Trenton used nine plays to get inside the Brookfield 10 yard line. But a stuff from McConkey, and a fumble recovery by Sparks at the six yard line would end this threat.
The teams exchanged possessions from here for three drives, and the entire third quarter. To start the fourth quarter, Trenton looked to be on their way to a punt, but Cooper made something out of nothing, and took the punt 50 yards to the house for a Brookfield touchdown. Huerta added the point-after.
Q4 9:47 Trenton 0 Brookfield 21
Trenton moved the ball a little bit after the kickoff, but a second down interception by Garrett Zahner at the Brookfield 34 ended the threat.
Runs by Thudium and McBroom earned a Brookfield first down. A 29-yard run on second down from Thudium again reset the down marker. Two plays later, Cooper scored again, this time on a 26-yard touchdown run. Huerta added the point-after.
“I had a good game tonight,” said Cooper. “I wanted to do all I could to make sure we got to keep playing next week. The line was amazing tonight, kept going after the first impact, and I just kept running.”
Q4 3:27 Trenton 0 Brookfield 28
Trenton would take the kickoff, and would drive for the remainder of the game. But, the local Bulldogs celebrated a playoff win with the home crowd as time expired.
Final – Trenton 0 Brookfield 28
“We are very proud of our kids,” said Head Coach Nile Thudium. “Our defense showed up ready to play tonight. I am also proud of our offense, we are coming around. We know we have work to do, but we are making progress. We can’t wait to play again in St. Joe Wednesday.”