BROOKVILLE — The Brookville Raiders suffered a 35-0 shutout defeat Friday night at their Homecoming game against the DuBois Beavers.
Despite shutting down DuBois' passing attack for most of the night, the Raiders could not control the Beavers' ground game, which totaled 276 yards and three touchdowns.
"The plan was to do better against the pass; you want to do good against everything, but that's the first thing we wanted to take away," Raiders head coach Chris Dworek said. "But we just have to adjust better and be more physical. ... When they started to run more, we were just losing the line of scrimmage, and we weren't adjusting with support from behind the D-line, so that was the problem."
From the start, Brookville had trouble taking away the rush, and DuBois' Joey Morrison returned the initial kickoff for an 86-yard touchdown, giving the Beavers the early momentum.
The Beavers then added two more touchdowns during the second quarter; both were one-yarders, with one coming from Morrison and one from Garrett Brown.
Brookville's defense was strong in the third quarter, and although DuBois had a long drive which led them into Brookville territory, the Raiders did not allow a score.
But in the final quarter, DuBois began to find its passing game again. Quarterback Sean Sleigh broke the Beavers' school record in passing yards on a 25-yard pass to wide receiver Max Hine.
DuBois continued to run with that momentum, and Morrison added his third touchdown of the night.
The Raiders played into the red zone on their ensuing possession, but a costly fumble by quarterback Steven Kennedy led DuBois to its final touchdown of the game. Sleigh scored his only touchdown — a 33-yard pass completion to Hine — and 35 points ahead, the running-clock mercy rule was invoked.
Brookville once again made it to the red zone on its final possession of the game, but it was not able to earn a score as Kennedy threw an incomplete pass as time ran out.
Dworek said he felt that maybe the score didn't show how tough the Raiders were.
"You play a good team, and mistakes are magnified," he said. "To not score, to have a few turnovers, all those little mistakes make it a lot tougher against a good team."
Although the Raiders suffered their first shutout defeat of the season, Dworek felt as though they played as a team and made some improvements over previous games.
"Our guys kept battling; that was the main thing," Dworek said after the game. "It was a lot better than a couple weeks ago where I thought a couple guys didn't play to the whistle. Tonight, I didn't feel that way at all."
NOTES: Kennedy led Brookville's offense with 133 passing yards and added 13 yards on the ground. Brodie Zacherl notched 82 yards, 41 receiving and 41 rushing. Zach Vroman led Brookville's rushing game with 54 yards on 17 carries, and Conan Gilhousen led the receiving team with three catches for 51 yards.