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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Black–Hawks overcome mistakes

Photos from Week 4 of Fredericksburg-area high school football action. Photos by The Free Lance-Star photography department.


Being winless means you’ll take a win no matter how ugly it may appear to anybody else.

Brooke Point High School football coach Mo Hampton was a little more diplomatic than that following his team’s less-than-aesthetically-pleasing 34–14 win over visiting Chancellor, but the message was the same.

A win is a win, no matter how you get it.

“It wasn’t pretty,” he said after his error-prone Black–Hawks erupted for two decisive touchdowns within a pivotal 1:13 span of the fourth quarter to break open a close game and assure their first win of the season.

“Our youth is showing a lot. Our youth is going to make me old.”

Brooke Point made things considerably harder than it should have been in the battle of previously winless teams. The Black–Hawks (1–3) committed 13 penalties for 143 yards and turned the ball over four times.

The Chargers, who will still be searching for their first win next week when they host Millbrook, didn’t do much better as the two teams combined for 24 penalties and eight turnovers.

Brooke Point quarterback Donovan Fobbs completed 17 of 23 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns. But the erratic sophomore also tossed three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Senior wide receiver Brandon Griffin was the biggest recipient of Fobbs’ largesse, hauling in seven balls for 120 yards and a touchdown to lead the winners, who host Riverbend next week. Griffin fueled a Brooke Point offensive attack that generated 395 yards of total offense.

“We just had a lot of defensive mess-ups,” said Steven Moss, the Chargers’ behemoth two-way standout lineman and University of Virginia commitment. “They were going all over us with that screen [pass] all night and we just couldn’t stop them.”

The host Black–Hawks struck first, going 59 yards for a touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage when senior wide receiver Khalil Baker took a short screen from Fobbs and outraced the Chancellor defense to the end zone.

Another Fobbs scoring strike in the second period—this one from 6 yards out—appeared to give Brooke Point control of the game at 13–0 with 10:34 left in the half. But the Black–Hawks’ mistakes helped their visitors stay close for a while.

The decision to run the ball rather than simply down it deep in their own territory with just seconds left in the half not only resulted in a Damone Drew fumble that resulted in a Chancellor touchdown moments later, but also led to what appeared to be a serious leg injury to Drew, who was carted off the field and taken to a nearby hospital.

The Chargers, who managed just 103 yards of total offense for the game, closed to within 20–14 following Zander Royston’s 27-yard interception return for a score with 17 seconds left in the third period.

Chancellor freshman quarterback Jason Brown went 8 for 16 for 66 yards with a touchdown and an interception.



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