Veterans Memorial 28, Brackenridge 2 Sloppy victory pivots on Patriots’ big plays
Imari Motley scored touchdowns on runs of 93 and 60 yards in leading the Veterans Memorial Patriots past the Brackenridge Eagles 28-2 in a sloppy, penalty-filled District 13-5A Division I contest Thursday night at D.W. Rutledge Stadium.
The Patriots (3-2, 3-0 13-5A-1) scored a touchdown in each quarter of a game plagued by penalties, as officials marched off 190 yards on 21 penalties and issued an ejection. Penalties wiped out three touchdowns, two by Vets Memorial and one by Brackenridge.
Neither team mounted much offense. Vets Memorial went up 7-0 on Motley’s 93-yarder on its second possession. The Patriots added a 91-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Richardson to Lauro Mendoza 2:58 before halftime for a 14-2 lead.
The Patriots’ defense stuffed Brackenridge all night. The only points surrendered were on a fourth-and-14 snap from the 26-yard line that sailed over the Patriots’ punter’s head and was downed for a safety.
Vets Memorial’s other 14 offensive plays in the first half netted minus-9 yards. But Brackenridge wouldn’t fare much better.
Brackenridge gained 44 first-half yards on 26 carries, fumbled once and threw two interceptions before halftime. The Eagles (3-2, 2-1 13-5A-1) turned the ball over five times on the night, with two lost fumbles and three interceptions.
The Eagles had a chance to tie the score when Carlos Camargo fielded the kickoff after Motley’s opening score at the 10 and returned it 90 yards for an apparent touchdown. But a penalty away from the play negated the TD and brought the ball out to the Patriots’ 24-yard line. Another penalty, a sack, a short gain and an incomplete pass killed that drive at the Patriots’ 36.
Brackenridge was whistled for 12 penalties for 105 yards; Vets Memorial drew nine flags for 85 yards. There were eight personal fouls called, including a blow to the head on an interception return that led to a Vets Memorial player’s ejection.
The Patriots scored again on their second possession of the third quarter. Motley took a handoff and burst up the middle through a gaping hole in the Brackenridge defense and raced 60 yards untouched for a TD and a 21-2 lead.
Richardson connected with receiver Darius Guess from 12 yards out at the 10:42 mark of the fourth quarter for the 28-2 lead.