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West Brook loses shootout

September 8, 2018

A shootout didn’t go the way of the West Brook Bruins on Friday night as they lost a 55-40 road game to Strake Jesuit at Crusader Stadium.

The Crusaders held a three-point lead halftime lead over the Bruins but pulled away late behind the heroics of backup running back Dylan Campbell, who rushed for three second-half touchdowns.

WHAT HAPPENED

Neither side showed promising starts on offense early on. Strake Jesuit claimed the first points courtesy of kicker Andre Baud’s 42-yard field goal with 9:34 left in the first quarter. West Brook would answer back on the very next drive, capping it off with the 22-yard connection from quarterback L’ravien Elia to wideout Jordan Babino to take a 7-3 lead with 6:32 left in the quarter. Elia would throw another touchdown just three minutes later to wideout Deonte Simpson.

Strake Jesuit responded with touchdowns catches from 56 and 78 wards from wideout Nathaniel Beal to retake the lead late in the first quarter.

West Brook was resilient and refused to back down in the second quarter. The Bruins rumbled their way to two rushing touchdowns, each being 19-yard scores, via running back Robert McGrue and inside linebacker Desmond Jackson.

This, combined with two more scores in the second half, was not enough for West Brook. The Crusaders defense made the necessary stops on third and fourth down situations, along with capitalizing on a fumble recovery for a touchdown and causing several other turnovers.

TURNING POINT

Momentum shifted midway through the second quarter as an erroneous call by the officials turned into six points for Strake Jesuit. Bruins running back Robert McGrue attempted to hurdle a Crusaders defender following a sideline reception and landed awkwardly with the ball popping out at the end of the fall. Nearly all in attendance, players included, presumed the play was dead; all except for Crusaders defensive back Anthony Cassapo, who scooped and scored on the 30-yard fumble recovery.

BY THE NUMBERS

On most days, West Brook’s running back Robert McGrue would be the player of the game with his superb 12.93 yards/per carry on fourteen carries for 181 yards topped off with three touchdowns. If not him, then perhaps Crusaders’ quarterback Michael Hansen, who had a 65.22 completion percentage paired with two passing touchdowns and 258 yards in the air.

Yet, that was somehow outdone by even better numbers from Strake Jesuit’s backup running back Dylan Campbell. Campbell turned on the jets in the second half, churning out three touchdowns after the half and padded his stat line with four touchdowns and 210 yards on just 10 carries

Crusaders’ starting running back Michael Wiley also had a standout game with 27 carries for 124 yards.

HE SAID IT

“We held ourselves back tonight with mistakes. We had way too many holding calls, too many turnovers, and too many busts on defense that left things open,” said Bruins Coach Eric Peevey. “I give Coach Kubiak and his staff a lot of respect, he and his [players] came out strong in the third and fourth quarter and ran the ball real well.”

RECORDS

West Brook (1-1); Strake Jesuit (2-0)

NEXT UP

West Brook vs Lamar at home, Friday at 7 p.m.; Strake Jesuit vs Eisenhower at home, Friday at 7 p.m.

Quentin Edmiston is a freelancer

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