In a clash of Seminole District foes, Brookville outlasted the Amherst Lancers, 36-21, at Stinger Stadium on Oct. 22.
Tayshaun Butler, Brookville’s senior running back, rushed for 222 yards on 31 carries that helped set the tone out of the gate.
Brookville (5-2, 3-2 Seminole) raced out to a 19-0 lead courtesy of two 4-yard, first-quarter touchdowns, one by Butler and the other by Michael Viar. Amherst was forced to punt on the game’s opening drive, and the Bees scored five plays later. Amherst punted again, and the Bees scored on their next drive for a 12-0 lead.
Brookville’s Steven Pauley started off the second quarter by snaring an Amherst pass that he returned 45 yards for another score. The pass was tipped near the line of scrimmage, and Pauley reached for it in the open field, bobbled the ball momentarily and gained control on his way to the end zone.
Brookville threatened to turn this one into a lopsided affair, but Amherst (4-3, 2-3) fought back with a 74-yard touchdown sprint by Lawrence Brown with 5:10 left in the first half.
The track and basketball standout also reeled in a 38-yard pass with 8:11 left in the fourth quarter from quarterback Tyleik Brown, who was 6 of 12 for 117 passing yards. Lawrence Brown made the over-the-shoulder catch on a dead sprint. Tyleik Brown reached back and let the pass fly, and no receiver was in sight. Then Lawrence Brown entered the picture, a blur of maroon and grey.
Turns out the pass was perfectly placed, and the receiver was determined to track it down.
After leading 19-7 at halftime, Brookville scored in the third quarter on a 29-yard field goal by Joshua Ayers, a 4-yard run by quarterback Drake McDaniel and a 5-yard strike from McDaniel to Pauley. McDaniel completed 7 of 9 passes for 91 yards and rushed for an additional 55.
Amherst scored twice in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run by Ja’merius Stewart and then on Lawrence Brown’s reception, with a two-point conversion by Vincent Sweeney. It was a valiant comeback bid by the Lancers.
But Amherst couldn’t quite overcome its early game struggles.
“We shoot ourselves in the foot and dig a hole for ourselves, and then we battled to get back in it, and y’know, a lot of mistakes tonight,” Amherst coach Bob Christmas said. “You just can’t do that against good football teams. So that was kind of the story. Brookville’s a good football team, they’ve got a lot of skill. You just can’t spot people like that and then try to battle back in. But we almost did. We made a game out of it.”
- Ben Cates