Brookside Wins, 21 to 10

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NEWS ARTICLE from THE MORNING JOURNAL, 10-15-00 BY SCOTT SOMMERS, Morning Journal Correspondent

"SHEFFIELD VILLAGE -- It has been almost 30 years since the Brookside Cardinals have played a day game.

Maybe they should do it more often.

After losing their lights to a storm last week, the Cards were forced to schedule their last two home games on Saturday afternoon.

Brookside's Joe Reith, right, tries to take down Jimmy Dosztal of Avon during LCC matchup on 10-14-00. MORNING JOURNAL/DOUGLAS A. KHRENOVSKY.

Under the afternoon sun instead of the bright lights that once had, the Cards didn't have the ball often, but they took advantage of it when they did to surpass the Eagles, 21-10, sending the homecoming crowd away very happy in Lorain County Conference action.

The Cards only had the ball for 16 minutes, but had two touchdown drives that lasted a total of five plays and three minutes ...

The game started on a somber note with the flag at half-mast to honor the sailors that died in the Middle East and the player (Marcus Steele) from Cleveland Central Catholic who tragically died Friday night during a North Coast League game against Trinity.

Brookside played Central Catholic in the second week of the season.

After the Eagles held the Cards to a three-and-out in the opening possession of the game, they showed what kind of offense they would rely on the whole game.

Starting on their own 49, the Eagles went 51 yards in 13 plays taking up more than six and a half minutes with Eric Burgess bulling his way in from the 1 to give them a 7-0 lead after Jake Schober's extra point ...

Eric Burgess scored Avon's only topuchdown

Brian DeVito set the Cards up quickly in Eagles territory after he picked off Eagles quarterback Patrick Henry.

However on fourth down on the Eagles' 31, Derek Baker's pass was knocked down by Jerome Walker to give the ball back to the Eagles.

Avon marched all the way down to the Cards' 3, killing another six minutes off the clock. However on fourth down with only 36 seconds left in the first half, Henry's pass was knocked down in the end zone to turn the ball over on downs.

The Eagles opened the second half, driving the ball down, but DeVito's second pick of the game ended the threat.

After the Cards went three-and out again, the Eagles drove all the way down to the Cards' 13, but had to settle for Schober's 30-yard field goal.

The Cards quickly took the lead with Barker hitting a wide open DeVito on the Cards' 45. DeVito went the distance untouched to give the Cards a 14-10 lead.

The Eagles continued to grind up time and rushing yardage to start the fourth quarter, but on fourth-and-goal form the Cards' 6, DeVito made his third interception of the game to give him six in the past two weeks ...

The Cards defense gave up 240 yards on the ground, but picked off the Eagles four times, allowing only 42 yards passing.

Burgess was the workhorse for the Eagles, gaining 77 yards on 22 attempts. Jimmy Dosztal added 79 yards on 18 carries.

Josh Zunis had sixty yards on nine attempts, but may have broken his left leg on his last carry. Zunis had his leg put in an air cast and was taken off the field on a stretcher to a nearby hospital.

The Cards, now 4-4 overall, 3-2 LCC, got a great day of passing from Baker going 5-of-9 for 141 yards ...

The Eagles, now 5-3 overall, 3-2 LCC, will host Midview Friday.

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