POINT?PLEASANT - Not one member of the Brooke football program likes being 0-5. But, they are looking forward to Friday's game with No. 4-ranked and host Point Pleasant.
"I told everyone that we are going down there as the underdogs and there is no reason why we can't leave there with a win,"?said first-year Brooke coach Seam Blumette. "We still have to go out and believe in the system, the coaching staff and each other. We aren't throwing in the towel. We aren't working any less. We still take the field at 3:30 p.m. and leave at 6.
"We have to play with pride and redeem ourselves and that starts this week. No one thought we would be 0-5, but here we are and I can count the reasons why we are 0-5.
"No one is giving us a chance on Friday. We just have to go down there and compete and do what we know is right. No one is feeling sorry for us. No one said this was going to be easy and it hasn't been. Our goal at the beginning of the season was to get into the playoffs. We still have a chance of doing that if we finish 5-5 and I?believe that we can win our last five games."
Point Pleasant is in its first year as a West Virginia Class AAA school. It was a Class AA semifinalist a year ago.
Brooke senior Alex Buchmelter is 62-for-111 for 758 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Hunter Wallace has 16 catches for 182 yards and two scores. Heath Hildreth has 17 for 152 and two scores, while Thomas Cole is 11-93-2, Joey Staffileno 7-94-2 and Justin Loughrie 7-81. Cole and Loughrie are freshmen.
Loughrie has run the ball 41 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns, while Buchmelter is 59-134-1.
Defensively for Brooke, Aaron Walker has 36 tackles. He is followed by Ryan Parrish (35), Tony Martin (28), Ryan Browning (26), Zac Morris (23) and Shawn Ashbrook (20).
"We are teaching a workman-like attitude here," said Blumette. "We can still be a very relevant football team in West Virginia and that is how we are approaching these final five games.
"They are continuing to do what we are asking of them."