For The Tribune
Brownstown Central’s football team scored 36 points on its first eight offensive play Friday night, racing out to a commanding 50-0 lead at halftime and easing to a 57-0 victory against winless Clarksville.
The Braves’ first half outburst was highlighted by a five-play stretch that resulted in four touchdowns and 28 points.
Catalyzed by Cameron Eggersman’s first-quarter 39-yard interception return to the Clarksville 5-yard line, Brownstown’s offense followed with a five-yard Gus Hogan TD run, a 62-yard Derek Rieckers TD run, a 32-yard scoring run by Hogan and a 42-yard TD run by Gavin Bane (during which he hurdled a would-be tackler).
Bane’s run complemented his 52-yard touchdown reception, thrown by quarterback Kyle Kramer, to start the Braves’ scoring onslaught four minutes into the first quarter.
Caleb Bollinger and Colton Ritz added rushing TDs late in the second quarter to boost the Braves’ lead to 50-0 before the halftime buzzer.
A nine-yard, third-quarter TD run by Hayden Kinsler was BC’s only second-half score. The game’s final two quarters were played under a running clock.
Brownstown’s offense ended the night with 426 yards on just 34 plays. Placekicker Tristan Robinson, meanwhile, enjoyed a perfect 7-for-7 night on his point-after-touchdown attempts.
Friday’s win helped Brownstown (6-1) get back on a winning track following last week’s thrilling but tough defeat to county rival Seymour.
“This was a good week in the sense that we got a lot of kids in the game,” Brownstown head coach Reed May said. “I was glad we got the shutout. Every season our goals are the same. We want to win the county. We want a winning season. We want to win the conference and the sectional.
“We didn’t win the county after last week’s loss. But tonight guarantees our 24th consecutive winning season. Next week (Silver Creek) is a crucial game for us. If we can win one of our next two games, we are guaranteed a share of the conference title. So our goals are still out there for us.”
Friday’s shutout was the BC defense’s first of the season and first since a 37-0 sectional-title win against Southridge in November.
Brownstown limited Clarksville (0-7) to just 30 net yards on 38 plays. With seven tackles for loss and three sacks, the Braves forced the Generals into losses of 71 yards.
Eggersman, Braden Neal, Luke Shelton, Colton Ritz and Andy Kellermeier all contributed tackles for loss.
Lance Goecker, Devin Stuckwisch, Joe Barnes and Bryce Hughes added sacks.