Brookstone falls to FPD in first round of playoffs
By JOSHUA FULLER
Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
In front of a capacity crowd at Brookstone, it took only two plays for First Presbyterian to make the crowd uneasy for the rest of the night as the Vikings bounced Brookstone 49-33 in the first round of the GHSA Class A private-school playoffs Friday night.
Entering as the fourth seed, the Cougars were looking to advance past the second round for the second time in school history but that mission was cut short by the 13th-seed First Presbyterian.
"This was just an outstanding season for our seniors and all of our players," said first-year coach Brad Deham. "Our seniors ac
complished almost every goal that we set but we just came up short."
"You can't spot any team 28 points and expected to win, but we did our best to bounce back. I told our defense at halftime to just to make stops because I knew our offense would do the job to get us back in the game."
After winning the toss and selecting to receive, the Vikings made a statement on the opening drive. On the second play from scrimmage, a jet sweep pass by wide receiver Michael Yopp surprised the entire Brookstone defense as the freshman found Scott McCormick wide open for a 61-yard touchdown pass.
Brookstone came out and picked up a first down on the following drive before having to punt.
On the punt, Jam Morris broke through the line and blocked it to set the Vikings up with the ball on the Cougar 43 yard line.
First Presbyterian would then use a seven-play drive to go up 14-0. The big play of the drive was a seven-yard gain by quarterback Brooks Stroud on a fourth-and-3 play that kept the possession alive for the Vikings. Later on, Darron Moore dash into the end zone on a 12-yard touchdown run.
Things continued to get worse for the Cougars. On the following kickoff, First Presbyterian pooched the ball to about the 35-yard line to Miller Page, who couldn't corral the ball giving it right back to the Vikings with great field position. Four plays later, it was 21-0 for the Vikings as Moore recorded his second touchdown of the first quarter.
Brookstone would have its first sustainable drive on the following possession, but an interception thrown by quarterback Duncan Fletcher ended the drive on the Viking 18-yard line.
The Vikings went up 28-0 after a 13-play drive that covered 72 yards. During the drive, First Presbyterian kept the ball on the ground on all 13 plays. Moore had 31 yards on the drive while Stroud had 30.
From there, the Cougars fought back scoring two touchdowns in the final six minutes of the half. Madison McCluskey was the star of both drives as he had a 53-yard run for a touchdown and caught a 20-yard pass from Fletcher.
Coming out of the break down 35-14, Brookstone scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to get within eight of First Presbyterian, 35-27.
Friday at Brookstone
First Presbyterian 21 14 0 14--49
Brookstone 0 14 13 6--33
FPD: Michael Yopp 61-yard pass to Scott McCormick (Albright kick); 11:18
FPD: Darron Moore 12-yard run (Albright kick); 5:52
FPD: Moore 3-yard run (Albright kick); 3:55
FPD: Reggie Gantt 4-yard run (Albright kick); 6:09
B: Madison McCluskey 53-yard run (Page kick); 5:27
FPD: Moore 6-yard run (Albright kick); 1:33
B: Duncan Fletcher 20-yard pass to McCluskey for (Page kick); 0:35
B: Fletcher 27-yard pass to Tim Kennedy for 27-yard pass (kick failed); 10:26
B: Fletcher 1-yard pass to McCluskey(Page kick); 1:00
FPD: Moore 40-yard run (Albright kick); 9:17
B: Fletcher to McCluskey 6-yard pass (kick failed); 7:10
First Presbyterian: Brooks Stroud 10-yard run (Albright kick); 1:11
Records: Brookstone 8-3, First Presbyterian 7-4. Next: First Presbyterian at Calvary Day/Landmark Christian (Class A-Private State Playoffs second round on November 30)