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Prep football: Black-Hawks grab first win
BY JIM SWING
By the time Brooke Point had earned its first win of the season, the entire team—soggy jerseys, boots and all—was ready to board the buses and ship out of Orange County.
The victory had come with ease, a 49–0 win over Orange, but had to be earned in a constant downpour, which made for a swamped field and produced six fumbles between the two teams.
“I hated it,” Black–Hawks running back Johnathon Horsley said motioning toward his soaked cleats.
What he couldn’t complain about was the offensive output he managed.
Horsley torched the Hornets defense for three rushing touchdowns in the second quarter to give Brooke Point a comfortable 35-point halftime lead.
“I went out there and I played my hardest; it was a team effort,” he said. “Thank God for my linemen, I couldn’t do it without them.”
Wide receiver Tyus White had quite a night of his own. Brooke Point’s wide receiver caught a touchdown, ran for one and returned a punt 70 yards for a score.
What the Black–Hawks did differently from the previous four games was simple, really.
“We blocked and tackled better,” coach Jeff Berry said. “I know that’s the simplistic thing, but that’s what it was.”
On the other side of the ball, Brooke Point’s defense was stellar.
They held Orange to -13 yards of total offense and forced five fumbles.
The defense forced two interceptions from Hornets quarterbacks Damian Clark and Antonio Murphy.
Orange’s only real bright spot was a 12-yard pass from Clark to wide receiver Dominique Ellis early in the second quarter.
“The defense played well,” Berry said. “We’re getting better, we’ve still got a long way to go.”
The Black–Hawks (1–4) face a daunting task against North Stafford (4–1) next Friday, but they’re glad to have the first win under their belt.
“It feels good,” White said. “We worked hard this week. We knew that we had a chance to get our first victory and we did it.”
Brooke Point 14 21 7 7 — 49
Orange 0 0 0 0 — 0
BP-T. White 25-yard run (M. Moreno kick)
BP-T. White 12-yard pass from A. Cox (M. Moreno kick)
BP-J. Horsley 9-yard run (M. Moreno kick)
BP-J. Horsley 44-yard run (M. Moreno kick)
BP-J. Horsley 4-yard run (M. Moreno kick)
BP-T. White 70-yard punt return (M. Moreno kick)
BP-A. Sanders 33-yard pass from M. Mainz (A. Colby kick)
First downs12 2
Rushing yardage30-145 20-(-26)
Passing yardage44 12
Rushing: Orange—Damian Clark 6-1; Antonio Murphy 3-(-6); Mikael Wallace 7-(-8); Isaiah Ferguson 4-(-13). Brooke Point—Jonathan Horsley 13-94, 3TD; Tsiras Brown 9-33; Tyus White 1-25, TD; Jeramey Manuel 4-16; Alex Cox 3-(-23).
Passing: Orange—Damian Clark 2-6-1 12; Antonio Murphy 0-4-1 0; Isaiah Ferguson 0-1-0 0. Brooke Point—Alex Cox 7-9-1 44, TD.
Receiving: Orange—Dominique Ellis 1-12; Cameron Rickett 1-0. Brooke Point—Aaron Sanders 4-47, TD; Tyus White 2-21, TD; Brandon Griffin 1-5; Jonathan Horsley 1-4.
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