For the second consecutive week, the Brookfield offense was unable to end any drives with points. The Bulldogs fell 26-0 to Clark County on Friday night, bringing their regular season to a close at 2-7 while the Indians improve to one game above .500.
Brookfield managed 160 yards of net offense on Friday night, and allowed 280.
After a Brookfield three-and-out to begin the game, Clark County drove 85 yards to punch in the game's opening score with 4:36 to play in the first quarter.
On the ensuing drive, Brookfield quarterback Castor Dodd broke one to the outside for 21 yards, immediately followed by a Tim Izard 15-yard scamper, but two consecutive tackles for loss halted a promising Bulldog series.
Fruitful Brookfield drives being cut down by lost yardage has been all too common an occurrence in the recent weeks, and was a major theme in Friday night's loss.
"We're not necessarily a big-play offense, we placate ourselves on getting four or five yards a play and keeping the ball in our hands, but we have to stay focused for entire drives," Brookfield coach Scott Stevens said. "There are times where we'll drive 40 or 50 yards on 10 plays, and then we'll make a mental mistake. Offensively, I don't think we were nearly as physical as we had been in weeks prior. I think that really showed with us not being able to move the ball on Friday.
"Ultimately, I don't feel like we played nearly our best game, I felt like we struggled on both sides of the football. Defensively, we did some good things, but at the same time, we had miscommunications on coverages."
The Indians scored again in each of the next three quarters, each time on a play of 13 yards or greater, including a 45-yard touchdown scamper by quarterback London Brunk on an option keeper in the third quarter.
Clark County coach Ethan Allen said that he thought his side put on one of the most complete performances he had seen on the season.
"We've improved every week, and tonight we did a lot of good things on both sides of the ball," Allen said. "Our guys played fast, played hard, and played together, and they communicated well. We knew that Dodd was going to be a good player and that (Khalil) Walker is one of their go-to guys as well, so we tried to minimize their touches. We played really well, our defensive line pressured the quarterback a lot and our defensive backfield did a great job of staying on the ball."
With Friday night's loss, Brookfield finishes the regular season at the bottom of the district standings, ensuring the Bulldogs a date with undefeated Lafayette County in Higginsville on Friday.