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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Dogs Open With CCC Win

  • The Brookfield Bulldogs football team faced off with the Mark Twain Tigers Friday night at Burlington Field in a Clarence Cannon Conference battle. While the heat played an early role in the contest, Brookfield was able to blank their foe to start off with a win.
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  • The Brookfield Bulldogs football team faced off with the Mark Twain Tigers Friday night at Burlington Field in a Clarence Cannon Conference battle.  While the heat played an early role in the contest, Brookfield was able to blank their foe to start off with a win.
    Mark Twin kicked off to start the game, and Brookfield’s first drive was a successful one, starting at their own 28 yard line.  Dean Gall earned a 20-yard dash on his first carry of the season to spark the offense, and refresh the down marker right off the bat.  Gall and JJ Abongo would combine for another first down two plays later at the Mark Twain 41.  Garrett Zahner, Gall and Abongo would carry after a fumbled snap to move the markers again, this time, the trio got the pigskin to the Tigers 24.  After a short loss, Abongo carried the ball to the house for the first score of the year.  Arturo Huerta added the point-after to put Brookfield up 7-0.
    Q1 7:36 – Mark Twain 0  Brookfield 7
    Huerta had his first of a few touchbacks on the night with the next kickoff.  Mark Twain would earn a first down on three plays, but would be set back eight yards on a sack by Zach McConkey on the very next play.  Two plays later, a spectacular interception by Seth Speichinger would give the Dogs the ball at the Brookfield 49.
    Brycen Corf would take the first  handoff of the drive and go 16 yards for a first down at the Tigers 35.  Gall would gain another first down with a 10-yard run to the Mark Twain 25.  Gall took the rock one more time, and this time he took it to the end zone for a 25-yard score.  Huerta added the point-after to make it a two-score lead for Brookfield.
    “My line made perfect blocks,” said Gall.  “I knew I had to break the edge and trust my line to score, and we did it.”
    Q1 3:59 – Mark Twain 0  Brookfield 14
    Mark Twain would go three-and-out on their next drive, and the ensuing punt was downed at the Brookfield 40 yard line.
    Abongo, Corf and Zahner combined on four runs to put the Dogs at the Mark Twain 48 for a first down.  Gall and Zach Bragg would carry for the Dogs, but another muffed snap would prove to be too much to handle.  Gall’s punt was returned to the Tigers 33.
    After another stop by the Brookfield defense, the final scoring drive of the first half would start off with a 14-yard gain by Bragg for a first down.  Abongo, Corf and Bragg would combine on runs for another first down.  Abongo would break off a 39-yard run to set up the three-yard score by Corf for the touchdown.  Huerta booted through the extra point.
    Page 2 of 3 - Q2 7:16 – Mark Twain 0  Brookfield 21
    Mark Twain would gain a first down on their final possession of the first half, but a tackle for a loss by the combined force of Bragg, Matt Teter and Tucker Noble would help put a stop to their momentum.  Brookfield would run three plays to end the opening half.
    Halftime – Mark Twain 0  Brookfield 21
    The Tigers went three-and-out to start the second half, with a stop for a loss by Cort Speichinger and Teter.  Brookfield would fumble the ball back to Mark Twain a few plays later.  Again, the Dogs defense stepped up and forced another three-and-out.  This stand featured a tackle for a loss by Corf.
    Brookfield would score their lone points of the third quarter on the ensuing drive.  After a short run by Bragg, Abongo would gain the first down on a 28-yard scamper.  Bragg would more than recover the lost yards of a  muffled snap by breaking off a 13-yard gain for another Brookfield first down.  Bragg would carry four more times to finally break the plane of the goal line and score on a one-yard rush.  Huerta added the point-after.
    Q3 1:17 – Mark Twain 0  Brookfield 28
    Mark Twain’s next drive would eat up the remainder of the third quarter, and would stretch into the final frame.  Before the quarter’s end, though, Abongo and Adam Palmer combined on a tackle for a loss.
    After a pass interference penalty against the home team, Brookfield would recover with a stop for a loss by Palmer and Andrew Cupp.  Five plays later, though, the Tigers would have one final first down on the drive, three incomplete passes, and would punt the ball away.
    Brookfield would score the game’s final points on the next drive.  Corf, Abongo and Bragg would combine for two quick first downs.  A 32-yard run by Abongo would set up Zahner for the 20-yard touchdown run.  Huerta made it a perfect 5-5 on the PAT and activated the mercy clock.
    Q4 5:31 – Mark Twain 0  Brookfield 35
    The Brookfield JV got some reps at this point to close out the game with each team having one more possession.
    “I am happy with the win, certainly it was a decisive win,” said Head Coach Nile Thudium.  “I think that, at times, we didn’t play well due to not being in shape.  We didn’t deal very well with the heat.  Execution wasn’t as good as I would like to see, but you can’t complain about a 35-0 win.  We will build on it, and go forward from here.”
    Page 3 of 3 - Overall, Brookfield eclipsed Mark Twain in the stats department.  The Dogs had 21 first downs, 344 team rushing yards, and the Brookfield defense allowed only 98 total yards by the Tigers.  Brookfield scored on five of nine possessions in this game.
    “This is just the start for what we hope is a very good year,” said senior Zach McConkey.  “We made some mistakes tonight, and when we get those fixed, we will show people that we are a good team.”

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