KENNESAW, Ga. -- Brookstone lost a heartbreaker Friday at Mount Paran Christian School in Atlanta as the Eagles scored on a 39-yard pass with 35 seconds left in the game to escape with a 26-21 win.
The Cougars took the lead 21-20 late in the fourth quarter when freshman running back Aaric Austin scored from 5 yards out. Austin finished with 97 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Brookstone rallied from a 20-7 deficit but fell short in the end and fell to 1-1.
In the first half, Mount Paran capitalized on a Brookstone fumbled punt late in the first quarter, recovering the ball on the Cougars 24-yard line. A few plays later, the Eagles scored on a 3-yard run by Dorian Walker to go up 7-0.
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In the second quarter, Brookstone's Hal Mansour recovered a Mount Paran fumble on the Eagles' 14 yard line setting up a Cougars touchdown when quarterback Miller Page ran it in from the 1, tieing the game at 7-7.
Mount Paran took a 14-7 lead into halftime when the Eagles connected on a 34 yard TD pass late in the second quarter.
Brookstone finished with 258 offensive yards compared to Mount Paran's 350.
Friday at Mount Paran
Brookstone 0 7 7 7--21
Mount Paran 7 7 6 6--26
M-Dorian Walker 3 run (Kepler kick), 1:39
B-Miller Page 1 run (Page kick), 10:08
M-Jake Allen 34 pass to Walker, 4:28
M-Allen 35 pass to Emoni Williams (PAT blocked), 7:49
B-Aaric Austin 2 run (Page kick), 3:28
B-Austin 5 run (Page kick), 5:22
M-Allen 39 pass to Williams, :35
Records: Brookstone 1-1, Mount Paran Christian 2-0 Next: Brookstone vs. Wesleyan, Sept. 20