Rogers pilots BA over Centreville
CENTREVILLE — Brookhaven Academy entered Friday night’s matchupwith Centreville Academy, sporting a 6-0 record and ranked number 2in the state, with an offense averaging nearly 44 points a game.Sparked by a career performance from junior quarterback ChandlerRogers, the Cougars held off a late surge by Centreville to take a45-30 win in a non-district game.
Brookhaven remains undefeated at 7-0 on the year. The Cougarsare 2-0 in District 4-AA play. Centreville, the two-time defendingAA State Champion, fell to 4-3.
Rogers, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior, produced his best game ina Cougar uniform, completing 20 of his 31 passing attempts for 372yards and 5 touchdowns. On the ground, Rogers picked up 112 yardsand one touchdown on 21 carries.
“I was proud of out kids for keeping their composure andbattling through it.” said BA head coach Herbert Davis. “We fellbehind early in the first quarter and battled back.
“Then we had to really dig deep in the fourth quarter when they(Tigers) started coming back. I was pleased with our intensity, butthere are still some areas we have to get better on.”
Centreville started the scoring on the second play fromscrimmage in the opening quarter as Zach Sinclair took the handofffrom quarterback Tyler Towles and darted 52 yards up the middle.After the PAT by Gavin Travis, the Tigers led 7-0 with 11:24 leftin the first.
Brookhaven responded just over a minute later as Rogers foundsenior receiver Tripp Jolly from 16 yards out, capping a 6-play,41-yard drive with 10:07 showing on the clock. Tyler Trout addedthe extra point, knotting things up at 7.
Centreville answered with a 9-play, 68-yard drive that wascapped off with a 3 yard run from Towles. The Tigers led 14-7 afterthe extra point.
Tyler Trout was able to nail a 25-yard field goal for Brookhavenwith 11:01 left in the first half, closing the Centreville lead to14-10.
The Cougars got two second quarter touchdowns from wide receiverBubba Keene that gave the visitors a 24-14 lead at the half. Rogersfound Keene from 47 yards out with 8:17 showing on the clock. Atthe 1:07 mark, Rogers again found Keene, this time from 7 yardsout, capping a 9-play, 88-yard drive. Trout added both extra pointattempts, to push the Brookhaven lead to 10 points at 24-14 athalftime.
On the first play of the second half, Rogers again hooked upwith Keene for a 70-yard touchdown pass that gave Brookhaven a31-14 lead with 11:43 left. The pair hooked up again with 2:53 leftin the third quarter on a 27-yard pitch and catch, giving theCougars a 38-14 lead.
Brookhaven appeared to have the game under control with a24-point lead as the fourth quarter started, but Centreville gottwo touchdowns from Zach Sinclair. The standout Tiger running backscored on a 15-yard run with 11:21 left in the game. Sinclair addedthe two-point conversion, cutting the Brookhaven lead to 38-22.
Brookhaven’s offense stalled on the ensuing drive, givingCentreville another scoring opportunity, and the Tigers tookadvantage, as Sinclair scored on a 38-yard run. Sinclair againadded the two-point conversion, cutting the Brookhaven lead to38-30 with 7:44 left in the game.
Centreville was able to force another Brookhaven punt, and theTigers took over at their own one-yard line with just under sixminutes remaining. But Brookhaven defensive back Jennings Millspicked off a Towles pass at the Centreville 44- yard line.
Brookhaven ate up the clock and added its last score on a Rogersone-yard run with 29 seconds left in the game.
“We had some outstanding individual performances from Bubba andChandler,” said Davis. “But we had a lot of different players stepup in different situations to help the team. We have to be able toplay with better intensity.”
Keene was the leading receiver for Brookhaven, hauling in 9catches for 194 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Sinclair led Centreville, picking up 208 yards on 22 carrieswith 3 touchdowns.
On defense, Jamison Powell led Brookhaven with 14 tackles and afumble recovery. Mark Rushing followed with 11 tackles and JeffRushing added 9 tackles. Jennings Mills had an interception.
Brookhaven travels to face Trinity Episcopal Friday night in anon-district match. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.