Late score lifts Mountain Brook over TCHS
Sat. September 01, 2012 at 12:09 a.m. | By John Phillips
MOUNTAIN BROOK | Will Brewster found Patrick Sullivan from 4 yards out with only three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, as host Mountain Brook rallied and defeated visiting Tuscaloosa County, 10-7 Friday night.
The decisive score was a bit of vindication for the Spartans (1-0), who coughed up a fumble on their first offensive play of the game and had previously been shut out of the end zone on four consecutive tries from inside the Wildcats’ 5-yard line on their last possession of the second half.
“We knew it was going to be a battle until the end, and they had a great defense, but we kept fighting that last drive and went back to the fundamentals,” Brewster said.
Mountain Brook was only able to muster a 36-yard field goal from Tre Smith through three quarters as the offense struggled for muchof the night. The Spartans’ offense went to the ground attack on the final drive, led by Gene Bromberg (23 carries, 66 yards) and Brewster (nine for 40). Mountain Brook rushed 13 times and attempted only two passes on the final drive, including being the game-winner. Brewster completed 8 of 12 pass attempts for 69 yards and a touchdown, while Sullivan hauled in five catches for 34 yards and a touchdown.
For the visitors, the loss overshadowed a consistent effort from the Wildcats (0-1) defense, which opened the scoring when Marshall Eads scooped up a Mountain Brook fumble on the game’s first play and raced in from 14 yards out.
“Our guys over there work hard, and that’s what we hang our hat on (playing good defense), we let them down tonight and had some opportunities we should have taken advantage of, but just couldn’t,” Tuscaloosa County coach Lee Gibson said.
Mountain Brook had a superb defensive effort as well, limiting the Wildcats offense to just six first downs and 106 total yards.
The Wildcats were led offensively by senior running back Cornelius Prewitt, who finished with 45 rushing yards on seven attempts.