Parkersburg South runs away from Brooke
WELLSBURG — After a talk with his team, Brooke coach Mac McLean looked at the ground, shook his head and sighed.
“We were in the red zone three or four times,” McLean said. “We’ve got guys open and we drop balls, we short-arm passes. You can’t win games doing that, and we’ve been a real good example of that all year long.”
Hunter Shank ran in a touchdown and caught another, while quarterback Brayden Mooney compiled 177 total yards as Parkersburg South (2-5) left Brooke Memorial Stadium on Friday night with a 28-7 victory against the Bruins (1-5). Brooke was limited to 243 yards of offense and turned the ball over twice.
“We have yet to play a clean game, and until we do we’re not going to be successful because we don’t have the lopsided talent to overcome mistakes,” McLean said. “We’ve got to play perfect if we’re going to win.”
Leading 14-7 in the fourth quarter and backed up at its 5, Parkersburg South just wanted to get a couple first downs to change the field position. What the Patriots got was much more than that.
Mooney, who ran for 75 yards, broke off runs of 13 and 27 and connected with Cameron Gill for his lone reception, a 14-yarder. Consecutive flags for blocking below the waste on the Bruins placed the ball on their 3. Two plays later, Shank went in from the 1 for a 21-7 lead.
“We had a couple times when we were backed up in 20-plus (yards for a first down) situations, and we don’t have to get all 20 at once,” South coach Mike Eddy said of the drive. “We needed to go out there and chunk it out, and three or four times we put ourselves in third-and-manageable. Most of these we were able to convert, and that’s what it’s about on offense — be consistent.”
The Bruins were held to 155 yards rushing — 73 coming on a Gage Yost first-quarter TD run — and they finished 2-of-12 on third down conversions.
“We’ve got to have more positive plays on first down,” McLean said. “We can’t have a half-yard gains and 2-yard losses. “We can’t put ourselves behind the sticks because we don’t have the kind of juice to overcome that stuff.”
After turning Brooke over on downs for the fourth time inside its territory, South put an exclamation point on things.
Nick Yoho, who rushed for 67 yards, picked up 1 on first down, and Shank went for 13 on second down. Yoho then went in from 22 on the next play to wrap up the scoring.
“Once again a game that was close for the first 3.5 quarters turns into a runaway in the last couple minutes,” McLean said. “It’s still 28-7. When we’re down, we’ve got to dig deeper and find some desire to keep them out of the end zone, and if nothing else, keep it close instead of letting the fourth quarter turn into a nightmare all the time.”
South, which came into the game surrendering 34 points per game, never let Brooke get into a rhythm. The Bruins were held to 88 yards passing on 27 attempts and 11 first downs.
“I put a lot of this on my captains this week,” Eddy said. “I actually suspended those guys this week and told them I needed to get more out of them than what I was getting. It worked out the exactly the way great leaders would do. They took it to heart.”
Yost finished with 111 yards rushing for the Bruins and Ethan Sechrist caught five passes for 56 yards.
Brooke travels to John Marshall next Friday.
Parkersburg South 28, Brooke 7
Pksbg. South 7-7-0-4 — 28
Brooke 7-0-0-0 — 7
P — Shank 9 pass from Mooney (Ali kick), 2:24
B — Yost 73 run (Horvath kick), 2:06
P — Mooney 2 run (Ali kick), 6:27
P — Shank 1 run (Ali kick), 8:20
P — Yoho 22 run (Ali kick), 5:23
RUSHING: Parkersburg South 44-199-3 (Mooney 17-75-1, Yoho 11-67-1, Shank 8-58-1, Gibson 3-4, Jacob 1-(-1), Team 4-(-4). Brooke 30-155-1 (Yost 9-111-1, Camilletti 10-31, Valero 10-10, Helms 1-3).
PASSING: Parkersburg South 7-14-102-1-0 (all by Mooney). Brooke 11-27-88-0-1 (all by Yost).
RECEIVING: Parkersburg South 7-102-1 (Yoho 2-52-1, Kirk 1-20, Gill 1-14, Shank 1-9-td, Gibson 1-4, Day 1-3). Brooke 11-88 (Sechrist 5-46, Moore 3-16, Conley 2-11, Richie 1-15).
FIRST DOWNS: Parkersburg South 14, Brooke 11.
PENALTIES: Parkersburg South 5-50, Brooke 6-53.
FUMBLES: Parkersburg South 0-0, Brooke 1-1.