Despite an electrifying opening to Friday night's homecoming game against Macon, the Brookfield Bulldogs were unable to pick up their second win of the season.
Macon disappointed the white-and-blue faithful on Friday night, 25-14, in a game in which the Bulldogs failed to score after their first two plays from scrimmage. Macon advances to 5-2, while Brookfield sits at 1-6.
The Bulldogs got the ball to open the game and brought it out to the 35-yard line before Brandon Collins scored on a 65-yard reverse. After a defensive stop, the Bulldogs received the ball around the 40-yard line and quarterback Derek Liebhart made the correct read on an option play to set up a 60-yard touchdown.
The Bulldogs took a 14-13 lead into the second half, but were unable to negate some costly errors while Macon compiled two touchdowns over that duration.
"I thought we played a good game," Brookfield coach Scott Stevens said. "Obviously, it's frustrating that we weren't able to score after our first two offensive plays, but the things that we have to fix are very correctible. If you look at it, we had nine drives, and four of them were stopped by offensive penalties. There's no football team that's great in first-and-20 situations. There were some other drives we started off with negative plays, so we're just shooting ourselves in the foot."
Macon scored a touchdown in each quarter of the game, and rebounded from consecutive losses the two weeks prior. Macon quarterback Nash Waller impressively completed all 14 of his pass attempts for 136 yards. Brookfield had a rough time keeping Macon star running back Kevin Edwards in check, as he carried for 114 yards and a touchdown on 16 rushes.
The Bulldogs accrued 11 penalties to none for Macon.
Brookfield finishes the regular season on the road, traveling to South Shelby on Friday and hiking to Clark County the week following.
"We did so many good things that we should have had more than 14 points on the board," Stevens said. "Honestly, this is one of the best weeks we've executed as an offense. Our backs ran hard, and our offensive line put us in a situation to run the football, and we did a good job doing it."