The Brookland-Cayce Bearcat trio of Tyrone Jackson, Will Young, and Dashawn Washington accounted for five touchdowns in a 49-0 win over the Airport Eagles Friday, August 25.
“They can all run,” Brookland-Cayce head coach Rusty Charpia said. “It all starts with the offensive line. It’s the biggest, best offensive line I’ve ever coached. If we can stay healthy we might be ok.”
Brookland-Cayce set the tone on the first drive, which took ten plays, all on the ground, and covered 50 yards. The drive ended with a 1-yard plunge by Young as the Bearcats led 7-0 with 7:41 left in the first quarter.
The score held up until the second quarter. Following an Airport turnover, Brookland-Cayce began a drive at the Eagles’ 29.
It took the Bearcats three plays, including a 12-yard scamper by Washington, to find the end zone. Young rumbled in from ten yards for the score as Brookland-Cayce extended its lead to 14-0 with 8:04 left in the second quarter.
The next Bearcat possession began at the Airport 44. Brookland-Cayce took six plays to cover the yardage, highlighted by a 17-yard pass from Young to Marty Miles and a 12-yard run by Young. Jackson capped off the drive off with a 10-yard touchdown run to push the Bearcat lead to 21-0 at halftime.
It didn’t take long for Brookland-Cayce to find pay dirt in the second half. On their first possession, the Bearcats covered 29 yards in five plays. The drive was kicked off when their defense forced a turnover on downs. Washington ended the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run as Brookland-Cayce’s lead grew to 28-0.
After the Bearcats’ defense forced a three-and-out, Brookland-Cayce started its next possession at its 32. Following a penalty, negating a long run by Young, Washington carried the ball to the 37. Then Young finished another long run, this time for 63 yards, down the left sideline to the end zone as the Bearcats led 35-0 with 4:38 left in the third quarter.
“If there is a better skilled athlete in the Columbia area I’d like to see him,” Charpia said. “He can do it all, defensive back, wide receiver, quarterback. He doesn’t throw that great, but he’s going to play at the next level either at wideout or corner.”
With the game in hand, the Bearcats went to their backups. Quarterback Brogan Sox engineered a drive late in the third and into the fourth quarter that covered 50 yards in five plays. Sox connected with Washington for 13 yards and Young for 13 more yards along the way. He then found David Daniels for an 18-yard touchdown. The extra point made the score 42-0 with 10:43 left in the fourth quarter.
Brookland-Cayce tagged on a 37-yard pass from My’son Jones to Sullivan Castles to set the final score.
“To tell you the truth, I feel like they are our brothers,” Charpia said of the Eagles. “I really don’t like playing them because I know all of them. I went down this road before so I have to be careful, but I think a lot of those kids because I know them all and I see them. So it’s kind of bittersweet. I definitely don’t want to lose to them, but I don’t take tremendous pleasure in beating who I feel is like almost our brothers and sisters.”
For Brookland-Cayce, Young rushed for a game-high 108 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries. He also completed 2-of-6 passes for 22 yards. Sox completed 3-of-4 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. Jones completed one pass for 37 yards and a touchdown. Washington rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Jackson rushed for 39 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Castles caught two passes for 41 yards and one touchdown.
The Brookland-Cayce defense held Airport to 176 total yards.
“Stacy Bell, who came back with us last year, was the architect of the defense in 2016 that won 12 games and, after a stint at Northside Christian, we got him back, and we just work well together,” Charpia said. “Then I picked up coach Dean Blanchard, who cut our tails so many times at Timberland and Hanahan when we were at Woodland. We just have a good staff with some good kids. We’ve got a lot of work, but we might have a chance to win a few games.”
Airport’s Jesse Ray Hoover completed 7-of-17 passes for 32 yards. He also rushed for 49 yards on ten carries. Amari Lewis rushed for a team-high 72 yards on 17 carries. Shiloh Perry caught three passes for 21 yards.
Brookland-Cayce improves to 2-0 overall and is off next week.
Airport falls to 1-1 and will host Lamar Friday, September 1.