Guard rely on strong defensive performance in win over Prince of Peace

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Brook Hill Guard 32, Carrollton Prince of Peace Eagles 0, FINAL

BH:    0   18   14   0  -  32

POP:  0    0     0    0  -   0

The Brook Hill Guard varsity football team returned to the gridiron last week, as the team loaded the bus and traveled to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for their first district showdown of the year against the Carrollton Prince of Peace Eagles Friday, Oct. 6.

In the opening quarter of the contest, the defensive units for the Guard and the Eagles withstood the test, as both teams kept their opponent out of the end zone and off the scoreboard. 

Brook Hill was able to break the stalemated affair in the opening minutes of the second quarter of play, as senior quarterback Greyson Priestner broke free of the Eagles’ defense and outran defenders into the end zone for a 12 yard touchdown run. The Guard’s extra point attempt by senior kicker Campbell Fletcher was successful, giving Brook Hill a 7-0 lead over Prince of Peace. 

The Guard found their way into the end zone via the team’s run game again in the final minutes of the second frame thanks to the legs of senior running back Sam Nechi, scoring on a 39 yard rushing attempt. Brook Hill’s coaching staff elected to attempt a two-point conversion, which was successfully punched in by senior running back Jeremiah McGowen, allowing Brook Hill to lead Prince of Peace, 15-0.

With :02 left on the scoreboard before the halftime break, the Guard tacked on to their scoring lead after relying on the strong foot of Fletcher, successfully converting a 39 yard field goal. At halftime, Brook Hill went into the locker room with an 18-0 lead over Prince of Peace. 

After returning to the field for the second half of play, the Guard continued to find success with their offensive unit, as McGowen’s strong push against the Eagles’ defensive line resulted in a four yard rushing touchdown. Fletcher’s extra point attempt for the Guard gave Brook hill an increased lead over Prince of Peace, 25-0. 

Later in the third quarter, Brook Hill’s defensive unit came up big, as senior defensive back Mac Rose picked up a loose fumble and ran the ball back for a 15 yard touchdown return. The Guard’s extra point attempt by Fletcher sailed through the uprights, as Brook Hill took a 32-0 lead over Prince of Peace.

In the fourth quarter, the defensive units for the Guard and the Eagles again were evenly matched, holding back the respective offensive units from crossing the goal line. 

At the final buzzer, Brook Hill’s strong performance on both sides of the ball was more than enough to take care of business, allowing the visiting Guard to defeat the home team Eagles, 32-0. 

At the quarterback position, Priestner completed a total of eight passes out of 14 attempts for 94 passing yards and throwing one interception. 

McGowen was the leader in receiving yardage for the Guard against the Eagles, with three catches for 62 yards. 

Other significant receivers for the Guard against the Eagles included senior wide receiver Garrett Brown, with one catch for 16 yards; Fletcher, with one catch for eight yards; Fletcher, with one catch for eight yards; senior running back Ian Hathaway, with two catches for four yards; and sophomore wide receiver Seth Moss, with one catch for four yards.

The Guard’s rushing game was led by the legs of McGowen, running the ball on 13 total attempts for 92 yards and one rushing touchdown. 

Other significant rushers for the Guard against the Eagles included Nechi, with four rushes for 64 yards and one rushing touchdown; freshman running back Colby Davis, with two rushes for five yards; Hathaway, with one rush for four yards; sophomore running back Gavin Welling, with one rush for three yards; and Priestner, with 10 rushes for -7 yards and one rushing touchdown. 

Fletcher was a constant for the Guard in the team’s special teams unit, successfully kicking a 37-yard field goal and collecting a 100 percent completion rate on the team’s extra point attempts.

Defensively, the Guard was led by the strong play of Nechi, collecting a total of 12 tackles, five tackles for loss, two assists, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. 

Other key contributors defensively for the Guard against the Eagles included Hathaway, with nine tackles, two assists, and two tackles for loss; Fletcher, with five tackles, three tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles; senior defensive lineman Andrew Brooks, with five tackles, one tackle for loss, and one fumble recovery; junior defensive lineman Josh Blalock, with four tackles, two tackles for loss, one assist, and one fumble recovery; junior linebacker Carson Ezell, with four tackles and two tackles for loss; junior defensive back with four tackles, two assists, and one pass deflection; senior defensive lineman Colby White, with three tackles, one assist, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery; Moss, with three tackles; and Rose, with one fumble recovery for a touchdown, one tackle, and one assist. 

The Guard’s defensive unit stood strong in the contest against the Eagles, forcing a total of five forced fumbles, with five fumble recoveries. 

With the win over the Carrollton Prince of Peace Eagles, the Brook Hill Guard varsity football team currently stands with an overall record of 3-2, 1-0 in district play. 

Next week: Friday, Oct. 13 – Tyler Bishop T.K. Gorman Crusaders at Brook Hill (Homecoming). 

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