In a tough home game on Friday night, the Brookfield Bulldogs lost to Clarence Cannon Conference foes Palmyra 35-7. Palmyra looks poised to capture the CCC crown with this win against the Dogs, already having downed Macon, Centralia, and Clark County.
The teams were both scoreless in the first, and the Brookfield defense looked stout as always early on. Runs were stuffed for losses by Zach McConkey, and Brycen Corf on Palmyra’s opening drive.
The Brookfield offense showed more new wrinkles this week, and moved the ball fairly consistently all game long. A pair of early runs from Reed McBroom, and a pass from Anthony Cupp to Corf earned two consecutive first downs for the Dogs. Runs from McBroom and the returning Garrett Zahner once again reset the down marker for Brookfield. However, the Dogs offense would stall four plays later.
Palmyra would stall out after one first down on their second drive. A penalty, combined with a stuff from McConkey and Matt Teter would help force a second three-and-out. Brookfield, though, would also go three-and-out on their final drive of the first quarter.
Palmyra would go on a long drive, ending the first frame, and streching into the second. They would cover 73 yards on 18 plays. Brookfield’s defense would feature sacks and stops for a loss by Corf, McBroom, Teter, and Quincy Cooper that made things difficult for the Panthers. But, the game’s opening score came on a two-yard run. The point-after was good.
Q2 5:44 - Palmyra 7 Brookfield 0
A pass from Anthony Cupp to Corf would earn a quick first down for Brookfield. A second pass from Cupp to Dean Gall would again reset the down marker for the Dogs. But, the drive would stall out.
Palmyra scored on their next possession, driving 96 yards on six plays. This nullified the outstanding punt on the previous drive from Arturo Huerta that pinned Palmyra deep. The score came on a one-yard touchdown pass. Palmyra scored a two-point conversion to add to their lead.
Q2 1:01 - Palmyra 15 Brookfield 0
An odd kickoff was downed in Brookfield territory to start the Dogs final drive of the first half. A long run by JJ Abongo put the pigskin deep into Palmyra territory. A touchdown pass from Cupp to Gall from 29 yards out put Brookfield on the scoreboard. Huerta added the point-after.
Q2 38s - Palmyra 15 Brookfield 7
The opening half would end after a sack by Teter and a stuff by Zach Bragg for the Brookfield defense.
Page 2 of 2 - Halftime - Palmyra 15 Brookfield 7
Brookfield opened with the pigskin in the second half, but a costly turnover would put points on the board for their opponents. Palmyra picked off a second down pass and took it 27 yards in for the score. The extra point was no good.
Q3 11:16 - Palmyra 21 Brookfield 7
Penalties helped stall the next Brookfield drive, with the team again going three-and-out. A flag on the punt return from the tackle put the Panthers in position for another score.
Palmyra covered 26 yards in eight plays on this scoring drive. The Brookfield defense featured stops for a loss by McConkey, Teter, Corf, and Gage Maxwell. The score came on a five-yard run. The conversion run was good.
Q3 5:44 - Palmyra 29 Brookfield 7
A pass from Cupp to Gall, and a run from McBroom would earn a Brookfield first down on the next drive. But an interception again ended the drive three plays later. Palmyra would not capitalize on the turnover, going three-and-out.
The teams exchanged possessions to bring the third quarter to a close. Palmyra would score on their opening possession of the final frame, grabbing another interception at their own six yard line.
They covered 94 yards on 12 plays for their final score. The points came on a 30-yard passing touchdown. The extra point was no good.
Q4 7:20 - Palmyra 35 Brookfield 7
Two more turnovers ended the final two Brookfield drives, with an interception and a turnover on downs. Brookfield lost their second game of the season in this contest.
Final - Palmya 35 Brookfield 7
Brookfield’s offense showed some new life, despite the loss, earning 221 yards of total offense. But, Palmyra earned 358 yards of offense for their win. Still, this offensive output shows that the Dogs offense is growing heading into the District part of the season.