Brooke runs past Red Riders
WEIRTON – Brooke scored on all six of its possessions in the first half and rolled to a 55-28 win over Weir High in the annual backyard rivalry game Friday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium.
Unable to stop the Bruin onslaught defensively, the Red Riders (3-6) got its offense going and put up the most points on the board in the nine games to date.
This was the 44th meeting of the rivals with the score being lopsided in Brooke’s favor over the past five contests.
Rarely in the series has there been a performance like the one Bruin senior, Nick Ossman, put forth.
Ossman, who was playing for the Madonna Class A state runner-up team a year ago, touched the football five times and had touchdown runs of 70, 59, 37 and 59 yards. His four breakaway touchdown runs totaled 225 yards. The only other time he carried the ball Weir High stopped him for no gain.
Ossman had a big night last week in Brooke’s win over Parkersburg as he emerges as the Bruin go-to guy. The big night gives the husky senior 750 rushing yards this season in 114 caries and he has run for 9 touchdowns.
“I think we’ve shown all year that we have the ability for a big play any time we touch the ball, and it finally has begun to happen the last two ballgames,” said Bruin coach, Sean Blumette, whose club raised its record to 3-5. “We really got things rolling with Nick’s early touchdown runs.
“I really would have liked to clean things up on defense after those runs, but our kids were a little hyped. It took them a little bit to settle down, but give credit to Weir for the way they executed.”
Red Rider coach, Tony Filberto, was disappointed in the way his club played defense, but pleased with the offense.
“That’s as poorly as our defense has played this season,” he said. “Offensively, we played well enough to stay in this football game. We make a couple of stops on defense and we got a football game.”
Brooke overwhelmed the Red Rider defense to the tune of 565 total yards, 506 of them on the ground. That compares to Weir High’s 163 rushing yards and 225 passing.
Weir High drove from its own 18 to the Brooke 10 with the first possession of the game. Faced with fourth down and five yards to go, Filberto decided to send Alyssa Shingle in to kick a field goal. The senior, who also plays for the Red Rider girls soccer team, split the uprights from 28 yards for the first field goal of her career. That put the Riders up 3-0.
The lead didn’t last long because Ossman raced 70 yards on Brooke’s first offensive play of the game for his first touchdown. When the extra point kick failed, the Bruins were ahead 6-3.
Back came the Red Riders. Marching 68 yards with junior quarterback, William Larch, who had a big passing night (178 yards and three touchdowns), hitting senior Clarence Bennett for a 25-yard strike. Shingle’s kick failed for the point after, but the Riders were ahead again, 9-6.
It turned out to be the last lead for Weir High as Ossman was off to the races again on Brooke’s first play following the kickoff. This time he found a gaping hole through right guard and turned on the jets for a 59-yard scamper to the end zone. Jacob Kennedy, a Brooke soccer player kicking for the Bruin football team for the first time, got the first kick of his career through the uprights. That put Brooke ahead for good at 13-9.
The Red Rider offense sputtered on its next possession and they were forced to punt. The Brooke offense took just four plays to hit pay dirt again with sophomore Justin Loughrie racing 30 yards. Kenndy’s kick made it 20-9.
All that was in the first quarter and from there the rout was on as the Bruins scored three more touchdowns in the second period.
Ossman got loose again for 37 yards on a power play over left tackle, junior quarterback, Aaron Walker, hit senior Joe Staffileno with a quick pass over the center from 17 yards out and Walker scampered 45 yards to the end zone with a keeper over the right side.
Kennedy’s kicks were good after all three scores so by halftime the Bruins left little doubt about the outcome taking a 41-9 lead into the locker room.
“The things we have worked on since the bye week two weeks ago is learning how to maintain possession of the ball, learning how to put drives together, protecting the ball,” he said. “We’ve worked on not making offensive mistakes. Those are the things that killed us early in the season, but now the last two games we have only turned the ball over one time.
“And our offensive line has really stepped up. They went through a bit of a lull there for a couple of weeks against Big Red and Point Pleasant. We got back to fundamentals over the bye week and that has been big for us the last two weeks.”
Blumette said the Bruin goal is to win out over the last four weeks of the season and they are halfway there.
The Bruins got the first possession of the second half and drove 56 yards for another touchdown. This one came when Loughrie found a hole over the left side and raced 19 yards to the end zone.
The Larch to Bennett connection worked again for another Weir High score. Bennett was open at the left side of the end zone on a 12-yarder. That score left Brooke with a 48-16 lead.
Any hopes the Red Rider faithful had for a comeback were dashed on Brooke first play after the kickoff as Ossman was off to the races again with another 59-yard scamper that made it 55-16.
The Red Riders got two fourth quarter scores against the Brooke reserves when Larch hit Jo Jo Rice with a 23-yard pass and freshman quarterback, Cody Enrietti, plowed into the end zone from a yard out.
Weir High wraps up its season next Friday hosting East Liverpool while the Bruins continue on the road with a trip to Moundsville to play John Marshall.