Brookville eliminates Liberty
By Chris Humphreys
Saturday, November 17, 2007

Brookville scored 21 points off of three Liberty turnovers to take a 28-0 lead into halftime, and cruised to a 42-12 victory over the Minutemen in a Class AA, Region III, Division III, semifinal game on Friday.

Liberty (6-6) had the ball five times in the first half.

The Minutemen lost two fumbles, threw an interception, punted and turned the ball over on downs at the Bees' 1 with 28.8 seconds left in the second quarter.

"We put the ball on the ground," Minutemen coach Chris Watts said. "Brookville is too good a team to put the ball on the ground that many times."

Brookville will host Stuarts Draft, which defeated R.E. Lee in the other Region III Division III semifinal, in next week's region finals.

"I'm happy about (hosting)," Bees coach Jeff Woody said. "These guys have worked hard. They earned it."

Brookville (8-3) showed no rust coming off of a 20-day layoff since its last game.

The Bees needed just three plays from scrimmage to put the game's first points on the board.

On a 3rd-and-3 from Liberty's 47, Brookville quarterback Logan Thomas connected with Chad Mason on a short pass over the middle and Mason did the rest.

The speedy receiver turned up field briefly, ran across the field from the right to the left hash mark and up the sideline for the score.

Ryan Wood added the extra point and Bees had a quick 7-0 lead with just 89 seconds gone in the game.

Liberty ran just four plays before turning over the ball on its first possession.

Brookville's Nick Watts recovered the ball for the Bees off of a bad option pitch at the Minutemen 16.

Brookville scored four plays later when Stacy Houston carried the ball in from 10 yards out on a 4th-and-4.

Dillon Tordoff added the extra point and the Bees were up 14-0 with just 3:26 seconds into the game.

Liberty fumbled again on it's next possession when Brookville's Jarret Bateman stole the ball from Fuquan Goode at the Bees' 29.

Houston scored from 13 yards out six plays later, Wood added the extra point and Brookville led 21-0 with 1:28 left in the first quarter.

"That three-week layoff had us chomping at the bit," Thomas said. "We were just killing each other in practice."

Mason set up the next score by picking off a pass from Derek Comer.

Houston took the ball to the Liberty 6 with a 54-yard run and Bateman finished the drive with 2-yard scoring run.

The Bees' defense held on a 1st-and-goal from the five to close out the first half with 28-0 lead.

"We practiced well the last two weeks and I could tell we were tired," Woody said. "Tired of hitting each other. We wanted some new meat and came out hungry."

Liberty got the kickoff to start the second half but fumbled the ball away on its first play from scrimmage when Tony Goodman stripped Thomas Clark and Alec Thompson recovered for Brookville.

Four plays later, Thomas hit Mason on a 27-yard touchdown pass and the Bees led 35-0 with 10:03 left in the third quarter.

Liberty finally got on the scoreboard when Comer hit Ryan Webb with a 40-yard touchdown pass.

The Minutemen recovered the on-side kick and scored five plays later on Lavarta Tanner's 1-yard run, but 35-12 was as close as Liberty would get.

"I'm extremely proud of our kids," Watts said. "I couldn't be more proud of this team.

Thomas put the final touches on the game with a 67-yard touchdown run.

He finished with 157 yards rushing on 14 carries and completed 4 of 8 passes for 79 yards and two scores.

Mason caught three passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns. He also broke up three passes and intercepted two passes.

"All that hard work in those three weeks of practice paid off," Mason said. "The team has come such a long way. We've put a lot effort and work into this season and it's showing right now."

Houston had 135 yards rushing and two touchdowns before leaving the game in the third quarter with an injury.

"Stacy will be alright," Woody said. "We could have put him back in, but we decided to rest him."