Brownstown Central’s football team jumped to a quick 21-0 lead and then played an improved Eastern (Pekin) squad even the remainder of the game during a 48-28 victory on Friday night.
The Braves (2-1) never allowed Eastern to get closer than 14 points, but hopes for a dominant, running-clock win never materialized.
The Musketeers (1-2) leaned heavily on 230-pound fullback Brayden Jones, who ran for 143 yards, scored three touchdowns and accounted for 22 of his team’s 28 points.
Brownstown, on the other hand, enjoyed solid efforts from players throughout its roster, with five different players scoring touchdowns and four running for 70 or more yards.
Lane Zike provided the early spark, running for 92 first-quarter yards and a 37-yard touchdown before being forced to depart with an injured left wrist.
Quarterback Carson Darlage stepped in after Zike’s departure, running for a team-high 100 yards and a first-quarter touchdown.
After being shut out in passing yards against Charlestown a week earlier, Darlage found Hudson Fritz on a pretty 59-yard pass play and ended with 64 yards in the air on 3-for-11 passing.
Adam Wayt and Isiaah Engle each added two rushing touchdowns for the Braves. Engle ran for 74 yards, while Wayt finished with 72.
Quentin Tiemeyer rounded out the Braves’ scoring with a seven-yard touchdown run.
Defensively, Brownstown ended with three interceptions as Eastern allowed quarterback Cody Banet to throw often in a bid to stay close on the scoreboard.
Fritz, Tiemeyer and Gregory Hutheson each picked off a Banet pass. Hutcheson also contributed a tackle for loss (for six yards) and six extra points as BC’s placekicker during his all-around performance.
Friday’s win is Brownstown’s 15th straight against Eastern. Since the Musketeers started their football program in 2007, they’ve never beaten the Braves, though their 28 points on Friday were the most they’ve ever scored against BC.
The Braves will be at Salem next Friday.