Brooke, Park to Battle Friday
WHEELING — Although Wheeling Park is on a six game winning streak, coach Chris Daugherty still doesn’t think his team has played a complete game. That includes last week’s matchup against University despite a 41-28 triumph.
“Against University we did enough, We had good moments and bad moments. We have to eliminate those bad moments and this Friday, we have to be more consistent.”
The Patriots, though will look to secure a seventh straight victory as the travel to rival Brooke for a Friday night matchup. Wheeling Park has won the last four matchups against Brooke. The last time the Bruins stood victorious was in 2015 when they shocked the Patriots, 21-18 at Wheeling Island Stadium.
“These guys are still playing hard and (Brooke) coach (Mac) McLean is going to run the football and keep the clock going,” Daugherty said. “It’s good old-fashion Brooke football. They’re capable of multiple formations. They give you a lot of things to work on. Even though they are young, what we see on film, they look good.”
Brooke, which is riding a six-game losing streak, fell to John Marshall last week. After being within striking distance (down 28-21) at halfitme, the Monarchs outscored the Bruins 33-0 in the second half. Both Dalton Flowers and Alex Burton ran for over 200 yards to help the Monarchs to victory.
For the Bruins, quarterback Josh Shorts threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns going 14 of 27 in the process. Aaron Scipio had 75 receiving yards and a score while Braelyn Sperringer had seven receptions for 66 yards.
Drake Hukill also supplied a rushing touchdown for the Bruins.
“It was a very competitive game early and then they got away with it in the second half,” McLean said. “My injury board has 23 kids on it. They won’t play Friday night and I had 18 kids on that list the week before.
“We got no depth right now and it’s at a point where our offense is our defense and our defense is our offense.
“That’s not taking anything away from John Marshall. That backfield is something that could tire any team out. We’re going to have to put it together to be competitive against Wheeling Park that’s for sure.”
With the offensive fire-power that the Patriots have, McLean knows that his squad is going to have to shorten the game in order to try and pull an upset.
“They’re a legitimate Class AAA powerhouse. They got a good really good quarterback and they have have one of the best running backs in the Valley. And they probably have the best receiving corps out there, too,” McLean said.
Beau Heller has continued to impress during his first year under center. The senior signal caller threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns against the Hawks while completing close to 71 percent of his passes (17 of 24).
On the year, he has passed for 1,409 yards going 104-for-144 in the process with 18 touchdowns compared to three interceptions.
Running back Stevie Mitchell, eclipsed the 200-yard mark for the second straight week as he totaled 214 yards on 31 carries while finding the end zone two times.
He has rushed for 1,094 yards and averages 7.2 yards a carry. He has 14 touchdowns this season.
Shaheed Jackson led the receiving corps with six catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Torrence Walker had three catches and a score. Carson Namack and Sincere Sinclair also had three catches.
“We like to see all three phases in the offense, defense and special teams play well,” Daugherty said. “Just be consistent and play mistake-free football. That’s what we are shooting for.”