Marching their way back into football action last week was the Brook Hill Guard varsity football team, as the team hosted a home battle against the Plano John Paul II Cardinals Friday, Sept. 7, at Brook Hill’s Young Field at Herrington Stadium.
The visitors from John Paul II were able to reach the end zone first in the contest, scoring on a 50 yard touchdown run to start the game, as well as a 59 yard touchdown run later in the opening quarter, lighting up their side of the scoreboard for 14 points.
Not to be outdone, Brook Hill also had offensive success in the first quarter of the gridiron matchup, as junior quarterback Khalan Griffin raced his way across the goal line for a nine yard rushing score, followed by a 75 yard air raid pass from Griffin to senior wide receiver Garrett Davis. Both of the touchdown’s extra point attempts were successful by junior kicker Jake Shaffer, tying the game at 14-14 after the first frame.
In the second quarter, the Cardinals added to their score with a 37 yard field goal, as well as a three yard passing touchdown and a two yard rushing touchdown, allowing John Paul II to increase its lead over Brook Hill, 31-14.
Just before the halftime intermission, the Guard marched into the end zone thanks to the legs of Griffin, racing away from all defenders en route to a 77 yard touchdown run. The Guard coaching staff elected to go for the two point conversion, which was successfully completed by junior wide receiver Fisher Bass.
At the half, John Paul II and Brook Hill headed for the locker rooms with the Cardinals leading the Guard, 31-22.
After both teams made their return to the field for the second half of play, the Cardinals were able to fly high and out of reach over the Guard, as John Paul II had scores on all three aspects of the game: a seven yard touchdown pass, a 32 yard field goal, and a 27 yard interception returned for a touchdown. After the extra point attempts for the pair of touchdowns, the Cardinals led the Guard, 48-22.
Brook Hill’s final score of the contest came early in the fourth quarter of play, as Griffin once again led the offense with his speed, pushing past the John Paul II defense for a nine yard touchdown drive. Shaffer continued to provide a successful extra point, allowing the Guard to cut into the Cardinals’ lead, 48-29.
At the final buzzer, a solid offensive push throughout the ball game allowed the visitors from John Paul II to hold back the attack of Brook Hill, as the Cardinals defeated the Guard, 48-29.
As the quarterback, Griffin completed a total of six of his 13 passes for 104 yards, one passing touchdown, and one interception. Junior quarterback Mads Jakobsen also saw action, completing two of five passes for a total of 19 yards.
Griffin was the leader in rushing attempts for the Guard in terms of yardage and attempts, rushing 15 times for 112 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Other significant rushers for Brook Hill included Bass (three rushes for 49 yards); Davis (four rushes for 44 yards); and junior running back Valdemar Henriksen (six rushes for 27 yards).
Leading the Guard’s corps of receivers was Davis, reeling in four catches for a total of 44 yards against the Cardinals. Junior wide receiver Seth Moss also helped the team’s air game by adding one catch for 15 yards.
On the defensive side, Brook Hill was led by Shaffer, providing a total of nine tackles in the contest against John Paul II.
Other significant defenders for the Guard included junior linebacker Nico Flores (six tackles, two tackles for loss); senior defensive back Jared Johnson (six tackles, one fumble recovery), Connor Carson (five tackles, one forced fumble), junior defensive end Vencent Rockwell (four tackles), junior linebacker Konstantin Krasser (four tackles, one tackle for loss), Moss (four tackles, one interception), freshman linebacker Nick LaRocca (four tackles, one tackle for loss), Bass (four tackles), and senior defensive back Kirk Jean-Baptiste (one tackle, one interception).
With the loss to the John Paul II Cardinals, the Brook Hill Guard varsity football team currently stands with a 1-1 overall record.
JP: 14 17 17 0 - 48
BH: 14 8 0 7 - 29