BULLARD – The head coaching debut for Brook Hill head coach Bobby Brasher was more than any coach could ever ask for. Watching your son scoring the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute in the game was a memory more than any dad could ever ask for.
The Brook Hill Guard overcame five costly turnovers, and Seth Brasher’s last minute deflection catch was enough for the Guard to escape with a 21-18 win over Frankston on Thursday night at Herrington Stadium.
“The kid’s did a great job of sticking with it, and to win a game the way it ended was almost like it was a God-send,” the former Brook Hill offensive coordinator, Brasher said when asked how he felt about his son being in on the winning catch.”
Brasher, son of the first-year head coach used great concentration to haul in Zac Wilson’s tipped pass, and fleet-footed enough to out-run the Frankston Indians defensive backs for a 79-yard, game-winning touchdown with 49-seconds left in the game.
Frankston appeared to have a road win on the way scoring late in the game when sophomore wide receiver, Kendrick Rogers snagged a 12-yard scoring strike from quarterback, Ozzie Buckner. The PAT kick attempt was fumbled on the snap, and an 18-15, Frankston lead with only 1:15 left in the contest.
Looking bleak for Brook Hill, and trailing 18-15, the senior quarterback, Wilson was shuttled back into the lineup for teammate, Grant Hanks.
The senior rolled out of the pocket, planted and heaved downfield into double-coverage.
However, one Indian got a piece of the tailing pass, and the tip went straight-up in the air.
Brasher looked the ball into his hands while on the run, and outraced the two remaining Frankston defensive backs and the win.
“Zac did a great job of getting rid of the ball,” said Seth Brasher after the winning catch. “I didn’t think he was gonna get the pass off because he (Wilson) got hit really hard after he got the ball off, but they had me doubled-up in coverage, and when I saw the ball going back up in the air, I ran under it.”
Brook Hill fumbled on first drive after the opening kickoff, resulting in the first score. Frankston’s, Jordan Thomas set up his team with fumble recovery at the Brook Hill, nine yard-line.
Indian running back, Daniel Gresham then ran the final four-yards to cap off the short drive.
A fumbled snap on the point-after-touchdown, kick attempt, made it a 6-0, Frankston lead.
Frankston returned the fumble favor, when Travis King recovered a Frankston fumble at the Brook Hill, 19 yard-line.
One-minute, 29-seconds later, Brook Hill fumbled, and Kaivon Jackson jumped on the ball for the Indians. The ensuing drive was thwarted by Frankston penalties, and a big stop by the Brook Hill’s, linebacker, Blake Maddox.
Brook Hill quarterback/wide receiver/safety, Hanks threw to Brasher for a 41-yard gain to pick up a huge first down, on third down as the second quarter ensued.
Moments later, sophomore Clayton Engle rumbled in from eight-yards away for a 6-6 score.
Jacob Dumesnil, a WR/RB/P/K/CB, booted the PAT for a 7-6 lead that stood until halftime.
Four first half turnovers combined in the opening half, included an interception by Frankston’s, Oran Jenkins.
Jackson made his first carry for the offense into a 24-yard running jaunt. The PAT run however was stopped short to make it a 12-7, Indian lead.
Penalties, and timeouts drew a lull in play until the 5:32 of the final quarter.
Guard sophomore, wide receiver, Alex Hale made a jumping grab of a Hanks fade pass in the Frankston end zone to regain the lead, 13-12. Brook Hill’s, Wilson came back in and optioned to the right side, keeping the ball for the PAT run and the 15-12 score.
The next Indian drive appeared to have the Frankston lead with a 16-yard touchdown catch by Jenkins, from Indian signal-caller, Ozzie Buckner. A penalty bought the ball back.
Frankston’s, rangy 6-4 Rogers then made his scoring catch for a three-point Indians advantage, 18-15, before the Brasher magic for the win.
Brasher made four catches, good for 146-yards for the largest offensive output in the game.
Second half interceptions by Cory Winks, and Gresham for the Indians stalled out lengthy Guard drives.
Frankston got 75-yards in 12 carries from running back, Daniel Gresham to pace the Indians ground game.
Quarterback, Buckner went 18 of 32, for 188-yards and the one throwing score. Rogers made eight-catches, for 75 yards, and the lone Frankston TD reception.
The quarterbacking tandem of Wilson, and Hanks, combined for 195 yards passing.
Brook Hill won the battle of the statistics, 345-310, with 150 of those yards on the ground.
Wilson was 5 of 14, for 100-yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Hanks went 5 of 10 for 95
Hanks had a clutch first down run of 22-yards in a scoring drive, and finished the game with 31-yards on four carries. Brook Hill’s, Dumesnil had 30-yards in two tries, and Engle added the touchdown carry, to go with 51-yards on 13 totes.
The game was the season opener, was first game of the fourth annual, Brook Hill Classic.
The Indians (0-1) will entertain Elkhart next Friday night. The Guard (1-0), will have an open week before continuing their season at home, Sept. 13, against Garrison.
Bullard-Brook Hill 21, Frankston 18
Frankston 6 0 6 6 - 18
Brook Hill 0 7 0 14 - 21