By KELLY JONES
Morning Journal Correspondent, Sat, October 9, 1999
"AVON -- It was an all-around sloppy night, but it was well worth the trouble for Brookside as it upset Avon, 19-8.
The game was messy before the rains came with three fumbles and one interception occurring within the first four minutes of the game. Then the skies opened up and turned the playing surface into one giant 'Slip 'n Slide.'
The Cardinals running game carried them, with junior Mike Chapman racking up 105 yards on just 10 carries and fullback Jake Grunda pounded his way to 54 yards on 18 carries. Chapman's totals included runs of 47 and 45 yards, the latter going for a Cardinal touchdown.
The Cardinal rushing game proved to be especially critical as the wet conditions held senior quarterback Fred Ingram to a total of minus-4 yards passing.
Brookside coaches and players alike were ecstatic over the victory and were especially happy about beating the Eagles.
'This is a huge win for us. In our community, this is a big rivalry. Going into the season, if we win only one game a year we want it to be this one,' said head coach Dan Cairns.
|Back-up quarterback Chad Stencil (top) provided the spark the offense needed, as he came off the bench to lead Avon to its only score of the game in the fourth quarter [pass to Russ Logan (bottom) for the touchdown]. Stencil completed 5-of-11 passes for 49 yards.|
The victory was also somewhat of a relief for the Cardinal players.
'It's nice to go out there and get that first win. It's been a long time coming,' added Chapman.
For the Eagles, it was the usual suspects that carried the bulk of the offensive load. Fullback Justin Carrasquillo handled the ball 20 times and picked up 96 yards while teammate Jim Dosztal tallied 38 yards on 13 tries.
Though it proved to be too little too late for the Eagles, back-up quarterback Chad Stencil provided the spark the offense needed, as he came off the bench to lead Avon to its only score of the game in the fourth quarter. Stencil completed 5-of-11 passes for 49 yards.
Cairns said the key to the game was the fact that the Cardinals played a smart game.
'The big thing was that we took advantage of their mistakes and we didn't make as many ourselves. Our offensive line did a great job and we were able to run the ball successfully,' said Cairns.
Ingram added that the conditions played a definite factor in how the Cardinals played the game.
'It was tough out there. Basically it was just a matter of keeping two hands on the ball all the way up and down the field,' he said.
With the win, Brookside improves to 1-6 on the year, while the Eagles fall to 2-5. Next week, Brookside takes on Clearview at home and the Eagles travel to Midview."
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