Two sets of Bulldogs met on Burlington Field Friday night. Which one would be victorious was left in little doubt after Tim Izard ran back the opening kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown. Brookfield went on to roll to a 49-21 victory over CCC opponent Louisiana, improving to 2-3 on the season and 2-2 in conference play. Louisiana remains winless on the season.
Brookfield’s offense did not see the field for a large number of snaps, but was more than efficient when it did have the ball. The Bulldogs racked up 295 yards from scrimmage on 25 plays, averaging 11.8 yards per play.
A passing attack was basically unnecessary as Brookfield racked up 265 yards rushing for the game. Quarterback Castor Dodd led the way for the ground attack, racking up 92 yards and one rushing touchdown on four carries.
Khalil Walker added to Brookfield’s formidable punch on both sides of the ball tonight. Walker took a jet sweep into the end zone for a seven yard touchdown run with 7:33 to go in the first quarter. Just over three minutes later, Walker returned an interception 67 yards for another touchdown. They would never look back.
Although he did not need to throw much, Dodd was able to hook up with Brandon Collins for 34 yards and a touchdown to extend Brookfield’s lead to 27-0 by the end of the first quarter.
Brookfield Coach Scott Stevens was pleased with his team’s effort. “We came out and we were strong tonight. The first three possessions we scored on offense, special teams and defense. To be a great team, you have to be great at all three phases, and I feel like we were able to do that tonight.”
After a big win, Stevens is already thinking about ways to carry this momentum into next week. “You know, obviously we’ve got a lot of confidence. We worked on a lot of things. We found some things that worked.” He continued, “We’ve just got to keep working on the things we’re doing well, and keep doing what we’re doing.”
Brookfield took a 42-0 lead into the locker room. With a running clock in the second half, several backup and JV players got a chance to see the field. Freshman Derek Liebhart got a crack at quarterback in the third quarter, slashing through the Louisiana defense for a touchdown run of 27 yards.
Izard started the game with a bang, and put the finishing touches on in the 3rd quarter when he broke off a touchdown run for 52 yards with a strong stiff-arm to extend the lead to 49-7. Although he was one of the offensive stars, the running back preferred to look forward rather than dwell on current success. Said Izard, “It felt good. We need to keep rolling next week.”
Brookfield will attempt to do just that on Friday as they travel to Monroe City to face the Panthers in another CCC matchup. Coach Stevens and his crew will attempt to even up their season record and improve to 3-2 in conference play.
The Bulldogs will return home on Friday, September 29, for a Homecoming matchup against the Macon Tigers.