Snake bit. Cursed. Just plain bad luck. All of these adjectives could describe the Brookwood Warriors on Friday night. On the first play from scrimmage, Brookwood QB Cale Deese took the snap in shotgun, rushed ahead into the pile, and immediately went down. As the pile dispersed, Deese lay on the turf of Marvin Arrington Stadium. Unfortunately for the senior QB, he badly injured his leg and that was the last play of his high school career. The injury seemed to deflate all hopes of the Warriors upset bid, and the Westfield Hornets put up big numbers to win the game 56-30 and advance to the GISA AAA State Semifinals.
Following the injury to their QB, Brookwood struggled to find their identity in the first half. Backup QB Alfonzo Spencer displayed great athleticism and speed, but the Westfield defense was up for the task. The Hornets defense held firm on multiple 4th down attempts, and pitched a first half shutout to lead 17-0 at the break.
In the third quarter, it was more of the same for the Westfield defense as they didn’t allow a point until the 3:08 mark. RB/WR Bradley Jones finally got the Warriors on the scoreboard with a 16 yard run and made the game 30-6 heading into the final quarter.
While the first three quarters were relatively low scoring, the fourth quarter was definitely not. The two teams combined for 7 touchdowns in the final quarter and lit up the scoreboard. Westfield started the scoring with the third rushing TD of the night by Ryan Fitzpatrick with 10:34 left in the game to make the score 37-6. Just a short 19 seconds later, Warrior RB/WR Jones scored on a 65 yard TD run of his own for his second TD of the night. The theme of alternating TDs continued throughout the fourth quarter as Westfield added two Josh Jenkins’ TDs and a Reagan Waller TD, while the Warriors added two more TD runs from Bradley Jones. In total, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Jenkins both had three TDs each, and Bradley Jones had 4 TDs for Brookwood. When the scoreboard finally caught its breath, the game ended with the Hornets winning 56-30.
Westfield will move on this Friday to take on the Valwood Valiants at the Hornets Nest. The Hornets will look to avenge their only loss this season, and in doing so, make their way to Mercer to play for a chance to win their third straight state championship. Come out and support your Hornets Friday night, and use that homefield advantage to propel Gang Green to victory. If you can’t make the game though, just tune into midgasports.net for all the live game coverage. The Spherion Pregame Show starts at 7:10pm, followed by the Grillmaster BBQ kickoff at 7:30pm.
Here are some extra tidbits on some things we noticed:
Guys that impressed:
John Walker Moore
Moody Law Firm Big Hit of the Game: Josh Jenkins
Sonic Drive-In Play of the Game: Reagan Waller’s 77 yard run
Anytime Garage Door Repair Offensive Player of the Game: Ryan Fitzpatrick & Josh Jenkins
Custom Homes by Jeff Defensive Player of the Game: John Bard