Brookfield slid on the road against Palmyra on Friday night, falling to a strong Panthers team 28-2.
A rush-exclusive Palmyra offense and proven, experienced defense prevented the Bulldogs from making any improvement in their district standings, and while the host moves to 7-1, the Brookfield side falls to 2-6 looking toward its final regular season game against Clark County this week.
Although the Bulldogs didn't make as much of an impact on the scoreboard as they would have desired, coach Scott Stevens continues to be encouraged by the signs of life his young offense has shown.
Brookfield managed to move the chains five more times than Palmyra, finishing with 15 first downs.
"We mostly played well on offense, honestly," Stevens said. "Once we got to about the 30-yard line, we'd stall out with a negative play or not executing. Turnovers killed us, as well as negative plays. It's a positive in the sense that in the past three weeks, we've found out how we could be a good offense. Now we have to learn how to stay consistent, and I definitely think it's encouraging for the guys."
After allowing touchdowns on the first two drives of the game, the Bulldogs got settled in defensively. The Panthers took a 14-2 lead into the locker room at the break, and a Brookfield fumble gave them their third touchdown. Brookfield fumbled the ball four times and lost two, and spit up another pair of turnovers via interception. Palmyra, on the other hand, coughed the ball up just once.
Brookfield finished the evening with 267 yards of total offense to Palmyra's 288. All of the Panthers' yards came on the ground, and Brookfield showed balance in its offensive gameplan, rushing for 149 and passing for 118.
Brandon Collins hauled in four Castor Dodd throws for 58 yards, and Brandon Collins has six catches for 39.
Dodd, Tim Izard, and Khalil Walker all had double-digit carries, with Dodd leading the pack for 67 yards on 16 attempts.