Jonathan Wood Leads Brockway in Triumph Over Brookville 28-25
Written by: Phil Myers on Saturday, September 1st, 2018
Brockway’s Jonathan Wood had himself a game Friday evening at Frank Varischetti Field in Brockway. Wood scored three of the Rovers’ four touchdowns and accounted for 305 total yards which included two spectacular kickoff returns for scores. He had 185 yards in kick returns, rushed for 116 yards and a score, and caught a pass for four yards. “We have weapons,” said Rover Coach Tom Weaver, “and he’s one of them.”
Coach Weaver was also obviously extremely pleased with the performance of his special teams and with the overall effort of his team. “We played physical again. That’s why we’re winning football games, we’re physical,” he stated. In a game where Brockway seemed to have things in control early in the third quarter, Brookville’s Blue Raiders tenaciously fought back actually giving themselves a chance to win at the end of the game.
The contest begin on a positive note for the Brookville eleven when they took the opening kickoff and drove 70 yards in six plays to score the game’s first points only two minutes in. QB Jack Krug ran twice for twenty-four yards and connected on all three passes for thirty-six yards, the last being a nine yard strike to Addison Singleton for the touchdown. The PAT was missed, but Brookville led 6-0.
Then Wood began his highlight reel. He gathered the ensuing kickoff in at the Rover four, made some moves and was gone for a 96-yard return. Zane Puhala’s PAT was true and Brockway jumped into the lead, 7-6 at the 9:42 mark of the first, a lead they would not relinquish.
Even though disaster hit Brookville on the kick return, they were shocked by the calamity that struck next. Krug led the Raiders quickly to the Brockway 33, but then lost four yards on a run. On that play, Brookville’s outstanding sophomore quarterback injured his shoulder and after one more play left the game and did not return. Freshman Tate Lindermuth stepped in and did very well, but Coach Scott Park and offensive coordinator, Frank Varischetti, decided to go to more of a running game which is a big contrast to what the Raiders usually do said Park. However, once nerves settled down, Lindermuth did pass for 190 yards and three TDs.
Brockway made it 14-6 on the first play of the second quarter when Wood took the hand off and skedaddled 61 yards to the end zone. Halfway through the second stanza, the Raiders finally put a something together after going three and out two straight times and throwing a pick on the second play of another drive. They traversed 68 yards in eleven plays and scored on a Lindermuth to Cabe Park fifteen yard TD toss with 6:33 left in the half to pull within a couple points at 14-12 as the point after was blocked. Twice during that drive Brookville converted on fourth down.
Brockway finished the first half scoring on a Peter Downer one yard quarterback sneak at the 1:33 mark to cap a 63 yard march on ten plays. Going into halftime the Rovers had a 21-12 lead and were feeling good. Brookville, on the other hand, knew things were looking bleak. Brockway was outgaining the Blue Raiders by over 70 yards and was to receive the second half kickoff.
Coach Park said that a mistake was made by kicking to Wood to open the third quarter. Coach Weaver echoed those sentiments when he asked why would they try him again. Wood gladly responded by scoring again, this time on an 89-yard kickoff return. Only sixteen seconds into the quarter Brockway led 28-12.
But, the Raiders answered with a 78 yard drive to pull within ten at 28-18 with 8:44 left in the third. The finishing touch was when Lindermuth hit Park perfectly in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown completion. Brookville’s defense then rose to the occasion and limited Brockway the rest of the way. And when the Rovers did drive late in the game, Brookville’s ‘D’ forced a turnover.
Early in the fourth Lindermuth placed the ball in stride to Park who outraced the Brockway defenders for an 81-yard score. Donavan Hoffman’s PAT pulled Brookville to within three at 28-25. Later with 3:08 remaining and the Rovers driving, Colby Whitehill recovered a fumble for the Raiders giving his team a chance. After gaining a first down into Broockway territory, Ben Glasl sealed the deal for Brockway with an interception he almost turned into a pick six. Brookville did get the ball back with 23 ticks left on the clock, but from their ten they only made it to the 45 before time ran out.
Game Notes: Brockway is now 2-0 on the young season, while Brookville fell to 1-1. Tyler Serafini led the Rovers with 120 yards rushing, followed by Wood’s 116 yards. For Brookville, Tucker Wolfe gained 104 yards on the ground. Lindermuth had 190 yards passing with three TDs and two INTs. Park had 10 catches for 196 yards and three scores. Brookville came back and out gained Brockway 400-314. The Raiders were missing their star WR Bryan Dworek for the second straight week. Park said, “I’ve never been more proud of the team as I was tonight, even though we lost.”
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