Despite posting more points on Friday than their first three games combined, the Brookfield Bulldogs fell at home to Lexington, 38-20.
After holding the Minutemen to just 12 points in the first half, the sixth-ranked team in Class 2 exploded for a big second half to send the Bulldogs to a dismal 0-4.
"Defensively, I thought we played well in the first half," Brookfield head coach Scott Stevens said. "In the second half, we allowed too many big plays. We had full effort the entire game, and you can play with that.
"If you look at us offensively, I thought this was the first week we really opened up. We had 478 yards of offense, which sounds great, but we have to battle against turnovers."
The Bulldogs had two muffed snaps, a pair of interceptions, and three fumbles. Brookfield only punted once throughout the evening.
Stevens elected to mix up his chief signal-caller on Friday night, starting sophomore Derek Liebhart at quarterback and playing senior Castor Dodd at receiver. Liebhart finished 7-of-12 passing for 140 yards and no touchdowns, but was responsible for four turnovers. Dodd was Liebhart's favorite receiver, hauling in three targets for 39 yards.
Liebhart led the ground charge with 158 yards on 27 carries, and Tim Izard toted the rock 14 times for 74 yards.
Brandon Collins was a heavily-efficient weapon for the Bulldogs on Friday night, finishing with 106 yards on three carries and two touchdowns. He also reeled in a pair of Liebhart passes for 56 yards.
"We added some stuff to what we do offensively that helped us when they brought pressure," Stevens said. "Dodd opened us up and did a great job of blocking in the slot. We have some guys offensively who really stepped up, and that's what we thought we had all year, but now we feel like we have some playmakers."
The Bulldogs look to right the ship on Friday when they face a 2-2 Centralia team. Brookfield now sits ahead of only Richmond in the district seeding, although a win this Friday could vault the Bulldogs past Trenton.