WELLSBURG - The Brooke Bruins scored 27 first-quarter points and went on to defeat struggling Weir High, 62-12, Friday in the most lopsided game in the long series between the Ohio River rivals.
The winless Red Riders turned the ball over repeatedly and wound up with 10 fumbles, losing half of them.
The Bruins were winning their second game of the season and celebrated the return of senior running back, Raleigh Mason, who had sat out since the third play of the opening game. Mason made an immediate impact, totting the ball 10 times for 92 yards including a 12-yard touchdown run the second time he got his hands on the ball.
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GETTING YARDS — Brooke’s Raleigh Mason was back on the field for the first time since the first game in Friday’s 62-12 win over rival Weir High. Mason scored a touchdown.
Brooke was without the services of senior quarterback Alec Buchmelter, but didn't miss a beat as sophomore Aaron Walker directed an offense that saw eight players rush the football for 363 yards. Walker was nearly perfect through the air hitting on 6 of 7 aerials for 59 yards and a score. Walker carried the ball five times himself and scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards.
Another sophomore, running back. Matt Hartman, was the primary rusher in the second half and he responded with 113 yards and three touchdowns. Hartman scored on runs of 48, 18 and 1 yard.
"The big thing for us tonight was getting Raleigh (Mason) back," said first-year Brooke coach Sean Blumette. "When he's healthy he brings a whole new level of intensity to this team. One of the things we wanted to do was come out here and execute. We did that, especially in the first half when we were pretty much mistake-free.
Brooke 62, Weir 12
Weir 0 0 12 0 - 12
Brooke 27 16 12 7 - 62
B: Mason 12 run (Moore kick)
B: Loughrie 8 run (Schwertfeger kick)
B: Staffileno 20 pass from Walker (Schwertfeger kick)
B: Walker 1 run (Schwertfeger kick)
B: Walker 10 run (kick blocked)
B: Safety, center snap out of end zone
B: Loughrie 6 run (Schwertfeger kick)
W: Davis 25 run (run failed)
B: Hartman 48 run (kick failed)
W: Davis 17 run (pass failed)
B: Hartman 18 run (kick failed)
B: Hartman 1 run (Hildreth kick)
RUSHING: Weir 36-46-2TD (Piatt 11-2, Davis 15-50-2TD, Wypasek 10-(-6). Brooke 45-363-8TD (Loughrie 10-52-2TD, Mason 10-92-TD, Morris 1-9, Hildreth 2-14, Hartman 12-113-3TD, DeStefano 2-18, Walker 5-18-2TD, Sole 3-47.
PASSING: Weir 1-3-(-2) (all by Wypasek. Brooke 6-7-59-TD (all by Walker).
RECEIVING: Weir, Baldwin 1-(-2). Brooke, Hildreth 1-4, Staffileno 2-36-TD, DeStefano 2-9.
FIRST DOWNS: Weir, 4. Brooke, 12.
PENALTIES: Weir 4-28. Brooke 10-90.
FUMBLES-LOST: Weir 10-5. Brooke 5-3.
"I do really feel for coach (Tony) Filberto (Weir High head coach). I know his struggles because I've been there coaching other programs and we've sort of gone through that this year. He kept his kids focused and fighting and playing hard in the second half. They put a couple scores on the board, which is to their credit and they didn't give us anything. We earned everything we got tonight. That's a credit to the kids in Weirton and Coach Filberto and his staff."
The Red Riders, who were in the process of losing their ninth straight, really struggled in the first half. They went into the intermission with negative yardage.
However, the Riders, down 43-0 at the half, scored twice in the third period on two tough runs by freshman, Kameron Davis.
Davis swept right, broke a tackle and pranced up the sideline from 25 yards out for his first score. He came right back less than two minutes later and picked his way through the Bruin defense, shook loose of a couple of tacklers and found paydirt from 17 yards out.
However, Brooke bounced right back with two third-period touchdowns of their own. Hartman capped the scoring with a 1-yard plunge with 1:43 left in the game. That touchdown was followed by an oddity in today's football when junior Heath Hildreth drop kicked the extra point. He tried a drop kick on Brooke's second touchdown of the third quarter, but it missed going through the uprights.
The Red Riders had fumbleitis right from the beginning. The opening kickoff by Brooke was bobbled and returned only to the Weir High 15. On the second play from scrimmage, the Red Riders put the ball on the ground again and Walker pounced on the loose pigskin at the Weir High 17.
Getting his first playing time since the opener, Mason carried the ball three straight times. On the third play he started to sweep to his left, but found the going clogged with Red Riders so he reversed his field and scampered right for a 12-yard touchdown. Robert Moore's kick from placement gave the Bruins a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
Hildreth set up Brooke's second touchdown returning a punt 37 yards from his own 33 to the Weir High 30. A personal foul penalty set Brooke all the way back to their own 35, but Mason scampered 57 yards from scrimmage to the Red Riders 8 from where freshman Justin Loughrie plowed up the middle for the first of his two touchdowns. Brooke senior, Jake Schwertfeger kicked the first of four extra points.
A Red Rider fumble at their 38 on the first play of the next possession set up Brooke's third touchdown, which came on a Walker to Joe Staffileno pass from 20 yards out.
Another Weir fumble on the second play of the next series set up the Bruins at the Red Rider 6-yard line. Mason carried for five yards and Walker took it into the end zone from the 1 on a keeper.
The fourth Red Rider fumble of the first quarter set up a Brooke score on the first play of the second quarter, a 10-yard run by Walker, who faded to pass, but pulled the ball down and found daylight to his right all the way to the end zone.
The Bruins got two more points when a center snap on Weir's punt formation sailed out of the end zone for a safety.
Then, Loughrie broke through the left side from six yards out to arm the Bruins with the commanding halftime lead of 43-0.
Brooke will play its final home game of the season Friday hosting John Marshall on senior night. Meanwhile, the Red Riders will play its season finale at East Liverpool Friday.