Weir Defeats Brooke for Fourth Straight Season
WELLSBURG — Friday night’s conclusion to another installment of the Weir-Brooke rivalry was exactly how the Red Riders envisioned and, in turn, the opposite of how the Bruins wanted to send its 18 seniors during their home finale.
With 17 seconds remaining, Josh Shorts fired a dart in the end zone on fourth down from the Weir 7-yard line. Gage Reitter stepped in front of it, picked it off and raced 100 yards to the other end of the field.
The Red Riders won, 29-12, and have now defeated Brooke for four straight seasons, the longest such streak for Weir against the Bruins.
“We knew they (Brooke) had to be aggressive, and I told our DBs the same thing. Reitter did exactly that and triggered off of Shorts’ pass,” Weir coach Frank Sisinni said. “Then he was off and running. That may have been a school record.”
The contest nearly concluded after Jayson Long picked off a Shorts pass late in the 4th. All Weir (2-6) had to do was run out the clock, but Corey Lyons lost a fumble on the very next play.
Andrew Stewart recovered it.
After that, Drake Hukill caught a screen pass and raced 64 yards deep into Weir territory with less than 40 seconds remaining.
It still was anybody’s game if the Bruins (1-7) could punch it in.
The Red Rider defense, however, stepped up, as it did throughout the entire game.
“That’s a tribute to our coaches for putting together a nice game plan. The kids executed it,” Sisinni said. “We started out a little bit in a hole with all of the penalties and shot ourselves in the foot, but we did a really good job of batting the ball down at the line of scrimmage.
“We did a good job in the back end with interceptions. We’re happy with what we saw.”
Turnovers almost cost Weir in the first half, committing three overall.
During the Red Riders’ first offensive drive in the opening quarter, Jamari Bass ran 36 yards to the Brooke 5, before Anthony DiMatteis lost a fumble. Luke Secrist corralled it around the 10-yard line.
A few plays later, Reitter stepped in front of a Shorts pass and returned it for a touchdown.
It was called back, however, due to a personal foul on the Weir before the INT. Nonetheless, the defense stepped up and forced a punt.
DiMatteis also threw a pair of interceptions in the first half to Antony Bachinski and Gus Gilbert, but the Bruins could not capitalize.
“It’s heartbreaking for these seniors. We started out this year with such high hopes,” Brooke coach Mac McLean said. “As the year went on, I lost half of that senior class (to injuries). We played the whole the second half with a freshmen secondary.
“Our biggest weapon on offense is a freshman.
“This was disappointing on so many levels because there are so many kids out here that can help us out.
“The survivors, the seniors that are out there, there’s nobody that got more out of their football players than I did (Friday).
“At the end of the day, that’s all you can really ask for. I’m just as proud of them if they were 7-1 or 1-7.”
Weir finally cracked the scoring column with a Carson Yobbagy 6-yard TD reception from DiMatteis with 9:36 left in the second quarter.
On the next Brooke drive, Shorts ran for a 58-yard score at the 7:51 mark.
The PAT failed, leaving the score at 7-6.
The Red Riders ended the half ahead, 9-6. A low snap in the end zone resulted in a blocked punt and a safety with 1:07 remaining.
Weir received possession to begin the third quarter, and it marched right down the field, concluding with a Lyons 23-yard scoring run.
“We went in (at halftime) and changed what we wanted to do with our offensive formation,” Sisinni said. “We liked what we were getting out of it as far as personnel and matchups.
“We wanted to come back out and get a touchdown to establish momentum. That’s what we got, and we were happy with it.
“We had other opportunities like that in other games that we couldn’t get come to fruition (Friday).”
Later in the third, a 43-yard run by Bass set up a DiMatteis 6-yard scoring run with 2:42 left in the third.
Weir led, 23-6.
The Bruins inched closer when Braelyn Sperringer rushed for an 8-yard score with 10:33 left to play. The 2-point attempt failed, leaving the score at 23-12.
The turnover bug hurt Brooke in the final stanza, as Shorts was picked off three times.
The first occurred with 4:59 remaining when Yobbagy stepped in front of a pass on fourth down deep in Weir territory.
The Red Riders ran for 195 yards on 37 carries, with Bass leading the core (12 rushes for 107 yards).
Lyons had 72 on 15 tries. DiMatteis threw for 150 yards, 103 going to Yobbagy.
For the Bruins, they compiled 241 rushing yards on 34 carries.
Shorts led all rushers with 161 on 17 carries. He was sacked four times by Levi Hostuttler, Gage Hawkins, Kasper Moreria and Cameron Jones.
Union Local 44, Wellsville 3
MORRISTOWN –Union Local scored 44 unanswered points in a victory over Wellsville.
Jaksan Price paced the Jets with 215 yards on 21 carries and four touchdowns while Carter Loase hauled in five passes for 65 yards and a score.
Brody Meyers had two rushing scores. In total, Union Local had 306 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Rosecrans 42, Beallsville 6
BEALLSVILLE — Garrett Perkins scored the lone touchdown of the game for Beallsville, which fell to Rosecrans.