In a battle of the Panthers, it was Brusly that needed only one half to exercise its dominance.
Brusly (4-4, 1-3) put up 38 points in the first half on the way to a 38-8 win over Glen Oaks (0-8, 0-5) for Brusly’s homecoming Friday night.
The home-standing Panthers had all facets of the game working with Sidney Moore’s 68-yard fumble return for a touchdown as well as Nathan Landry’s 27-yard field goal.
“Proud of the guys,” said Brusly head coach Hoff Schooler. “You have a lot of distractions during homecoming week and we talked to them all week long about staying focused. It’s about a football game. We’re excited for the homecoming court and the alumni coming back and all of that, but we wanted to make sure we did our part because it’s still about a football game when it’s said and done.”
Brusly’s first score came less than three minutes in on Nick Penell’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Jamauri Bridgewater.
Tyler Tussey’s 4-yard run midway through the first quarter gave the home team a 14-0 advantage. Moore’s fumble recovery, followed by Trevon Snearl’s 28-yard run left Brusly with a 28-0 lead before the end of the first quarter.
Snearl tacked on a 1-yard run to go with Landry’s field goal to send Glen Oaks into halftime facing a 38-0 deficit.
Known as a team that primarily runs the ball, Brusly was able to get the passing game going Friday. Penell completed 5-of-6 passes for 120 yards and a score. Most of the yardage came on a drive that started at the Brusly 5-yard line, which included a 50-yard pass to Snearl, which he caught in diving fashion.
“The passes have been there, but for whatever reason, we haven’t completed them,” Schooler said. “That was a focus. If we get a chance we want to throw the ball around a little bit. Going forward, that’s something we’re going to need to be able to do to get people out of the box a little bit.”
Snearl led the rushing attack with 69 yards on six attempts with two scores. Keandre Bynum finished with 53 yards on five carries. In Tussey’s first game back because of injury, he rushed for 40 yards.
Brusly is getting healthy at the right time with several players returning from injury the last two weeks. Those players have made key contributions right away, according to the coach.
“I’ve been saying for three or four weeks, we’re missing some guys,” he said. “We’re not the same team healthwise that you saw the first three weeks and when we got them back we looked like a different football team again and we did tonight. Sidney scores on a defensive touchdown early on. Tyler Tussey had a good night running the football and he’s still not 100 percent, but he did what we needed him to do tonight. Van (Vanderbilt Bynum) didn’t practice all week, but came in and got some big tackles in the ball game. Tre (Snearl) was out for two or three weeks with a bruised knee and the past two weeks, he’s been a difference maker for us.”
Brusly goes for its second straight win next week with a home game against Mentorship Academy (0-7, 0-4).