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Off a bye, Brooke travels to Parkersburg

October 11, 2012
By MIKE MATHISON - Sports editor (mmathison@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

PARKERSBURG - The Brooke Bruins are coming off a bye week and head to Parkersburg South for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday.

"It was a good chance for us to have a couple of long weekends and pretty good practices in the middle of the week where we worked on fundamentals," said first-year coach Sean Blumette. "We just cleaned up what we do. We didn't get too much into the game plan. We kept is fun and fresh as much as we could.

"I'm still adjusting to that bye week. You have to have a different approach."

The Bruins are coming off a 34-33 victory over then-No. 4 ranked Point Pleasant. It was Brooke's first victory of the season, and an impressive one, considering it was on the road.

"We have to do what we did in the second half at Point Pleasant and that is to execute and eliminate the mistakes," he said. "The bye week hit us at a great time. Both the guys we lost at the Wheeling Park game have come back to practice. We are as healthy as we can be for eight weeks into the season.

"If we match our intensity this week that we had at Point Pleasant, we definitely have a chance to go down and win a game.

"But, we still have to be fundamentally sound. I'm not a guy who is going to change schemes each week. We will go with our game plan and try to get it done.

"I think we have everything where we want it."

Parkersburg South is 4-3 and ranked No. 15 in the West Virginia Class AAA poll.

"Parkersburg South is probably the biggest team up front we've seen," said Blumette. "They have a scatback, who's about 5-6 (Jordan Quiocho) and he can fly. Of all the speed we've seen, he's probably in the top three fastest guys.

"Plus, they have (wide receiver) Braxton Johnson and quarterback (Tyler Bolen) who are really good and are nice compliments to him. They still run the wing-T style, but they play a little more spread than they have in the past.

"Defensively, they are a base 4-4. They mix their coverages up and their linebacker play is excellent. Cody Hively will come up and hit the snot out of you.

"We have to execute defensively. They have misdirection, counters, pulling linemen and traps and what they run is something we have not seen at all this year.

"When we are on offense, we have to be assignment aware because they will bring the blitz when it's beneficial to them."