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Prep Football: Black–Hawks celebrate a ‘W’
TURNOVERS HAMPER MASSAPONAX, HELP BROOKE POINT PREVAIL
BY STEVE FRANZELLO
Wins have not come very often for the Brooke Point football team this season.
Coach Jeff Berry’s squad entered Friday night’s homecoming contest against Massaponax with just one victory in its first six games. Its only victory had been against winless Orange.
But none of that seemed to matter against the Panthers, one of the top-rated teams in Division 5, and a team that featured the area’s leading rusher in Javonte Latney.
Led by the stellar performance of wide receiver Tyus White and an inspired effort by their defense, which limited Latney to 35 yards, the Black–Hawks posted a 16–0 Commonwealth District victory.
“I’m really happy for these kids,” said Berry. “They haven’t had much to cheer about. It hasn’t shown on the scoreboard, but we’ve been getting better.”
White and the aggressive play of the defense exemplified that progress.
The athletic senior hauled in nine passes from quarterback Alex Cox for 196 yards, including one for a 97-yard touchdown, and made two of Brooke Point’s four interceptions off Panthers’ quarterback Cason Whitt.
His second interception covered 99 yards and went for a touchdown, but was put back on the 20-yard line after a block-in-the back penalty.
“It feels good to get this win,” White said. “We stopped their triple option and Alex and I worked hard, and the offensive line worked hard.”
His 97-yard reception came midway through the second period and helped the Black–Hawks capitalize on one of eight Massaponax turnovers.
Running back Jonathan Horsley’s 1-yard scamper in the first quarter also came as a result of a Panthers’ miscue. Latney fumbled at his own 40 and it took the Black–Hawks just three plays to score.
Mauricio Moreno’s 33-yard field goal ended the first half and the Brooke Point defense, led by Wesley Splain and Barry Hibner, kept the Panthers off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Brooke Point (2–5, 2–3) tries to keep its playoff hopes alive when it travels to Albemarle on Friday, while Massaponax (4–3, 2–3) hosts Riverbend.
Massaponax 0 0 0 0 — 0
Brooke Point 7 9 0 0 — 16
BP-J. Horsley 1-yard run (M. Moreno kick)
BP-T. White 97-yard pass from A. Cox (kick failed)
BP-M. Moreno 33-yard field goal
First downs12 6
Rushing yardage45-82 26-1
Passing yardage75 211
Rushing: Brooke Point—Jonathan Horsley 19-27, TD; Aaron Sanders 1-(-2); Tyus White 1-(-2); Alex Cox 5-(-22). Massaponax—Javonte Latney 18-35; Joey Foster 14-33; Kelvin Forson 1-17; AJ Forbes 1-2; Cason Whitt 11-(-5).
Passing: Brooke Point—Alex Cox 13-19-0 211, TD. Massaponax—Cason Whitt 4-12-4 75.
Receiving: Brooke Point—Tyus White 9-196, TD; Brandon Griffin 3-11; Aaron Sanders 1-4. Massaponax—Joey Foster 2-35; Kelvin Forson 1-25; AJ Forbes 1-15.
Steve Franzello: 540/374-5440