WELLSBURG - Brooke scored 27 first-quarter points and went on to defeat struggling Weir, 62-12, Friday in the most lopsided game in the long series between the Ohio River rivals.
The winless Red Riders turned the ball over repeatedly and wound up with 10 fumbles, losing half of them.
The Bruins were winning their second game of the season and celebrated the return of senior running back Raleigh Mason, who had sat out since the third play of the opening game. Mason made an immediate impact, totting the ball 10 times for 92 yards including a 12-yard touchdown run the second time he got his hands on the ball.
Brooke was without the services of senior quarterback Alec Buchmelter, but didn't miss a beat as sophomore Aaron Walker directed an offense that saw eight players rush the football for 363 yards. Walker was nearly perfect through the air hitting on 6 of 7 passes for 59 yards and a score. Walker carried the ball five times and scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards.
Another sophomore, running back Matt Hartman, was the primary rusher in the second half and he responded with 113 yards and three touchdowns. Hartman scored on runs of 48, 18 and 1 yard.
''The big thing for us was getting Raleigh back,'' first-year Brooke coach Sean Blumette said. ''When he's healthy he brings a whole new level of intensity to this team. One of the things we wanted to do was come out here and execute. We did that, especially in the first half when we were pretty much mistake-free.
The Red Riders, who were in the process of losing their ninth straight, really struggled in the first half. They went into the intermission with negative yardage.
However, the Riders, down 43-0 at the half, scored twice in the third on two tough runs by freshman Kameron Davis.
Davis swept right, broke a tackle and pranced up the sideline from 25 yards out for his first score. He came right back less than two minutes later and picked his way through the Bruins defense, shook loose of a couple of tacklers and found paydirt from 17 yards out.
However, Brooke bounced right back with two third-quarter touchdowns. Hartman capped the scoring with a 1-yard plunge with 1:43 left in the game.