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Prep Football: Hawks keep their hopes alive
BROOKE POINT GIVES UP HALFTIME LEAD, RALLIES TO DOWN STAFFORD
BY JUSTIN RICE
Brooke Point’s margin of error for making the playoffs is razor thin. If the Black–Hawks hope to play past next week, they’re going to need composure and a even a little luck.
Friday night against Stafford, they found both.
Tyus White caught a spectacular 53-yard touchdown pass to key 21-fourth quarter points for Brooke Point and the Black–Hawks—who wasted a 14–0 halftime lead—pulled away from Stafford for a 35–21 victory.
Brooke Point (4–5, 4–3) almost certainly needs a win next Friday at Mountain View, but for now, the Hawks’ Division 6 playoff hopes are still alive.
“We’ve got a shot,” said White, who also had a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the first half. “We’ve got to come out and play every week and hope for the best.”
Mistakes nearly cost Brooke Point.
Trailing 14–0, Stafford made an interception and benefited from three personal fouls on the ensuing drive to cut the margin on De’Shawn Harris’ 16-yard scoring run.
And on its next drive, Stafford quarterback Billy Bollinsky scored on a quarterback sneak to tie the game.
White then stole the momentum back.
On first down from the Brooke Point 47, White ran a fly route down the sideline. The pass was tipped by Stafford’s Jeremiah Fletcher.
White said he was just following through on his sprint when the ball fell right into his hands.
“I didn’t even see the tip,” said White, who had a clear path for the go-ahead score.
White made his second interception of the night on Stafford’s next possession, and on second down from the Stafford 29, Jeramey Manuel burst through the middle of the Brooke Point line and raced to the end zone to put the Black–Hawks up by two touchdowns.
“We haven’t had a lot of confidence in ourselves, but our kids battled,” Brooke Point coach Jeff Berry said. “When they tied it up, it looked like it could have been, ‘Oh no, here we go again.’ But we reeled off those points and it felt good. That’s a credit to our kids.”
Stafford 0 0 7 14 — 21
Brooke Point 0 14 0 21 — 35
BP-J. Horsley 6-yard run (M. Moreno kick)
BP-T. White 76-yard interception (M. Moreno kick)
St-D. Harris 16-yard run (A. Williams kick)
St-B. Bolinsky 1-yard run (A. Williams kick)
BP-T. White 53-yard pass from A. Cox (M. Moreno kick)
BP-J. Manuel 29-yard run (M. Moreno kick)
BP-J. Manuel 5-yard run (M. Moreno kick)
St-D. Harris 15-yard pass from B. Bolinsky (A. Williams kick)
First downs20 17
Rushing yardage39-148 29-118
Passing yardage174 244
Rushing: Brooke Point—Jeramey Manuel 5-63, 2TD; Johnathan Horsley 18-62, TD; Zakees Baker 2-0; Alex Cox 4-(-7). Stafford—Da’Shawn Harris 24-128, TD; Billy Bolinsky 15-20, TD.
Passing: Brooke Point—Alex Cox 16-32-2 244, TD. Stafford—Billy Bolinsky 10-27-0 174, TD.
Receiving: Brooke Point—Tyus White 7-135, TD; Aaron Sanders 4-57; Brandon Griffin 2-19; Johnathan Horsley 1-18; Terance Parker 2-15. Stafford—Brandon Williams 2-57; Trey Spindle 4-53; Evan Greening 3-39; Da’Shawn Harris 2-34, TD.
Justin Rice: 540/368-5045