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Brennan stomps Marshall for its fourth straight win

October 12, 2018

It can sound cliché when coaches say they’re taking the season “one game at a time,” but that has been the case for Brennan, which has won four straight games since starting the season 0-2.

Brennan coach Stephen Basore believes the number one factor of winning and losing games is turnovers. Brennan’s defense forced three fumbles and two interceptions in its 51-0 victory over Marshall on Thursday night at Farris Stadium.

Brennan (4-2, 4-1 District 28-6A) rushed for 241 yards and passed for 206 yards. Marshall (2-4, 1-4) had 114 yards of total offense.

Brennan wide receiver Darryon Tolefree opened the scoring with a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown. Tolefree scored the game-winning touchdown two weeks ago against Brandeis. Thursday, he finished the game with 59 yards receiving, 18 yards rushing, 67 yards returning and one touchdown.

“He’s an electric player, and we feel like a lot of explosive players, a lot of them can run after the catch, and even our running backs can break for big runs,” Basore said afterward. “We try use all of our guys to the best of their abilities, and Tolefree runs it a little, catches it a little and we are just trying to keep building on what we have to stay explosive.”

Brennan junior cornerback Keion Thomas responded minutes later when he intercepted a pass at the 50-yard line. This interception set up Brennan’s running onslaught, and senior running back Joshua Lopez capped off the series with a 24-yard touchdown run.

Marshall’s most successful play on offense was brought back by an illegal formation penalty. The play would’ve been a 73-yard touchdown reception by Marshall sophomore wide receiver Dylan Cooper.

Brennan continued its scoring bursts.

Senior running back Javon Grimes received the handoff, stopped, changed directions and scored a 17-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 23-0 lead with 7:09 left in the first half.

Brennan sophomore safety Justino Escobar intercepted a pass with 4:45 left in the half, and the Bears scored three more touchdowns - this time in the air — as Brennan led 44-0 at halftime.

Sophomore quarterback Jordan Flores connected on a 34-yard touchdown with sophomore receiver Jalin Spells. Flores completed a 40-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Jordan Smith. In the final seconds of the half, Flores found junior Brandon Wyatt for a 4-yard touchdown.

The second half consisted of just one touchdown but Flores did it in wild fashion. In the final minutes Flores dropped a snap, scrambled in the pocket and heaved it for a 43-yard touchdown pass to Spells.

“He’s a really good thrower. He’s tough kid, he’s intelligent, he understands and he make some great plays,” Basore said of Flores, who finished the game with 163 yards passing and three touchdowns.

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