The Brusly Panthers routed the Glen Oaks Panthers 50-20 in the Clash of the Panthers Friday night at Brusly for BHS’s Senior Night.
Brusly, who received the ball first, foreshadowed the entire game with their first possession, as they methodically pushed the ball down field for a score.
Darien Cobbs, Jaylon Green, Blake Manola, Sam Williams, and Carlsel Alexander each gained ground, until Cobbs pushed the last seven yards into the end zone with 8:36 left in the first quarter.
After a Glen Oaks three-and-out due to tackles-for-loss by Brusly’s defensive linemen Ken Hill and Josh Allen, Brusly once again drove down field for a quick score on a five yard rush by Alexander with 3:21 remaining on the clock.
Brusly controlled much of the clock during the second quarter on another methodical drive that ended in a Sam Williams two-yard touchdown run with 7:31 remaining in the half.
A Glen Oaks fumble caused Brusly to, again, take control quickly, leading to the BHS Panthers’ fourth touchdown of the game. While Sam Williams was carrying the ball from the Glen Oaks’ 35, he fumbled, but Joseph Fishburn recovered at the 25. A pass from Blake Manola to Austin Watts brought the Panthers to the 11. Darien Cobbs scored an 11 yard rushing touchdown at 5:48 in the second quarter.
On Glen Oaks’ possession, Brusly’s Fishburn disrupted the offense with a sack on Glen Oaks quarterback Christian Walker on first down and another tackle on the second down. After Glen Oaks pushed themselves to midfield, Brusly’s Dylan Claiborne forced a fumble by Glen Oaks’ Anfernee Hebert and Brusly recovered the ball, giving them possession at the 44.
Brusly, trying to take advantage of the turnover, began another march toward the end zone. Blake Manola threw an eight yard pass to Caleb Henderson, but the drive was halted when Carlsel Alexander lost a fumble.
On the shoulders of quarterback, Christian Walker, Glen Oaks took advantage of the turnover with their first touchdown of the game, coming less than two minutes before halftime. Glen Oaks’ Marquez Butler caught a 27-yard pass from Walker to put the Glen Oaks Panthers at Brusly’s 34. Walker then rushed the last 34 yards for a touchdown with 1:47 until halftime, bringing the score to 28-6 in Brusly’s favor.
Brusly’s Carlsel Alexander brought the home team within scoring range, returning the Glen Oaks kick-off 49 yards to Glen Oaks’ 22-yard line. Jaylon Green carried down to the 8 where Blake Manola scored a touchdown with just 41 seconds left in the half, bringing the score 35-6 at the half.
In the start of the second half, Glen Oaks drove down field as QB, Christian Walker, completed a long pass to Anfernee Hebert to bring GOHS to Brusly’s 2. Walker scored his second touchdown for Glen Oaks to end the drive.
Brusly, in the following possession, responded with two stellar plays of their own, tacking on a quick touchdown for Brusly’s sixth score of the night. First Jaylon Green gained 16 yards, which was followed by a Manola 19-yard pass to Tyree Johnson down to the 15, allowing Darien Cobbs to race into the end zone.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Glen Oaks Panthers found themselves near midfield, but were unable to progress any further and lost possession. Brusly took advantage of their midfield placement as Zavian Bell ran 49 yards down to the 2-yard line. With 8:49 left in the game, Bell scored the final touchdown for Brusly, raising the score to 50-12.
Glen Oaks scored one last time, during the game’s following possession. After Koby Mancuso’s QB sack left GOHS at midfield, the visiting Panthers, on a fourth down with 22 yards to go, threw a desparate 51 yard Hail Mary, resulting in a miraculous touchdown pass to Anfernee Hebert with 4 minutes remaining in the game. The long pass from Wilson was the final score of the game, resulting in a 50-20 victory for Brusly.
“I thought we played well for Senior Night,” said Coach Willis. “We played a lot better than the week before. We improved a lot, and didn’t make nearly as many mistakes. I was pleased with our performance.”
Willis said that the team’s senior leadership has been great throughout the year and that the seniors have done a great job.
“They’re a great group. I’m glad we got at least one more game to go to battle one more time and hopefully a few more games. I believe we can be successful, but we’re going to have to go out there and grab it.”
Senior Adam Morales is glad for the opportunity too.
“The best part of playing football for Brusly has been being able to go out to war with my brothers every Friday night,” he said.
His advice to next year’s team: “Keep going on the upward slope. Keep getting better and improving the program at Brusly High.”
Kwanston Adkins, four year member of the Brusly football team, added some advice of his own: “Keep working hard and playing hard.”