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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Dogs Outlast Highland

  • The Brookfield Bulldogs traveled the long road to Ewing for a Clarence Cannon Conference battle with the Highland Cougars. The Dogs struggled early, but pulled it together for the big win on the road.
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  • The Brookfield Bulldogs traveled the long road to Ewing for a Clarence Cannon Conference battle with the Highland Cougars. The Dogs struggled early, but pulled it together for the big win on the road.  
    Brookfield lost the toss, and Highland onside kicked to start the game. Cort Speichinger recovered the kick at the Brookfield 49. Garrett Zahner, JJ Abongo, and Brycen Corf combined on three runs to gain the first fresh set of downs for the Dogs at the Cougars 39. From here, though, a fumble and a tackle for a loss would force a turnover on downs at the Highland 33.  
    The Cougars would embark on a long drive from here. This drive went 67 yards on eight plays, and was extended on a pass interference penalty that did not sit well with the local team. Blaine Sportsman and Corf would have a tackle for a loss. The score came on a 28-yard touchdown run. The point-after was good.  
    Q1 5:06 - Brookfield 0   Highland 7
    The Dogs went three-and-out on their next drive. Highland would match this effort, also going three-and-out. Zach McConkey and Corf had tackles for losses on the drive.  
    The next Brookfield drive would reach into the second quarter. Abongo and Anthony Cupp combined to earn a first down for the Dogs. From here, though, Brookfield would go three-and-out.  
    Zahner, Corf, Tyler Starlin and Matt Teter would combine on two tackles for losses to start the next drive. Cort Speichinger would pick off the pass on third down, and return it for what appeared to be a touchdown. However, a penalty against the Dogs would move the pigskin to the Highland 25.  
    A fumble on second down would give the ball right back to the Cougars at their own 22.  
    Starlin and Quincy Cooper would have tackles for a loss on the ensuing possession. What appeared to be a three-and-out would result in an extended drive, thanks to a muffed punt. Abongo and Zahner would net tackles for a loss, and Highland would again be forced to punt four plays later.  
    Abongo would net two long runs for first downs (11 and 41 yards, respectively) on the next Brookfield drive. With time ticking down, the Dogs offense stalled out. However, a 29-yard field goal from Arturo Huerta would put Brookfield on the board.  
    Q2 2:12 - Brookfield 3   Highland 7
    Highland would make a small drive to end the first half, but would stall out after a penalty.  
    Halftime - Brookfield 3   Highland 7
    Highland would gain one first down on their first drive of the second half. But tackles for a loss by Andrew Cupp, Zach Bragg and Corf would help force a punt. This punt was downed at the Brookfield 26.  
    Page 2 of 2 - The a dogs offense sparked big time here, with Abongo breaking off a 74-yard gain all the way to the house for the first Brookfield touchdown of the game. Huerta added the point-after to give the Dogs their first lead of the contest as well.  
    Q3 9:31 - Brookfield 10   Highland 7
    Both teams would exchange punts from here on the next three drives. Cooper would have a sack on the first Highland drive. Bragg, Corf and Teter would have tackles for a loss on the next Highland drive, and Cooper would force a fumble that Gage Maxwell would recover, to end the series.  
    This drive started for Brookfeld at the Cougars 25. Corf and Abongo combined for a first down to penetrate the red zone. But a fumble inside the 10 yard line would be scooped up by Highland, and scampered deep into Brookfield territory.  
    Highland would turn the ball over on downs four plays later at the Brookfield 31. Corf, Abongo, Anthony Cupp and Zahner would combine for a trio of first downs to matriculate the football down the field. Anthony Cupp would drop back and connect with Zahner for a 28-yard touchdown pass to pad the Broofkield lead. Huerta added the point-after.
    Q4 10:29 - Brookfield 17   Highland 7
    The teams would go back and forth for most of the rest of the final frame. Late in the contest, Highland would score the game’s final points on a 34-yard touchdown pass. The point-after was good.  
    Q4 3:10 - Brookfield 17   Highland 14
    Abongo and Corf would combine on a pair of first downs that would put the game to bed, and allow the Dogs to win this contest by a final score of 17-14.  
    Final - Brookfield 17   Highland 14
    Brookfield dominated the stat lines, netting 12 first downs and 249 rushing yards. Highland had more passing yards (74-33), but the Dogs had more total offense (282-160). The area that made the game close was the turnover line, which saw Brookfield lose four possessions to turnovers to Highland’s one. 

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