By the time Bethel had abruptly cleared its sidelines, Brookfield coach Rich Angarano was still giving out hugs to players and yelling “Wooooo!” to no one in particular.
Brookfield bounced back from a 20-0 loss to Bethel on Thanksgiving with a dramatic, come-from-behind 22-21 victory over the Wildcats Tuesday. The recap of the Class M quarterfinal is here.
Some additional notes/quotes from a wild one at DeSantis Field:
- Brookfield quarterback Brad Westmark was sensational on the final drive, leading the Bobcats 77 yards in the final 2:20. Prior to that drive, Westmark was just 7-for-18 for 76 yards. He went 3-for-7 for 50 yards on the last possession, but also picked up a first down with his legs on a 4th and 2. As Angarano said, the drive was a “defining moment” for Westmark.
- For most of the night, Brookfield beat Bethel at its own game. The Bobcats churned out yardage on the ground and kept the clock moving. Sophomore Bobby Drysdale carried 16 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns while classmate Austin Reich posted 13 carries for 108 yards before leaving the game in the fourth quarter due to injury.
- Bethel did alright on the ground, too. Quarterback Joey Piatnik rushed 12 times for 60 yards and a score. Fullback Jared Wilsey added seven carries for 47 yards and a touchdown. Also, sophomore wide receiver Will Daniels rushed for 40 yards on a reverse that set up Bethel’s first score.
- Credit Brookfield kicker Dane Borges, too. The sophomore had his first extra point attempt blocked (it was pushed back five yards due to a Brookfield penalty), but later converted a 25-yard field goal to put Brookfield ahead, 15-13. He also hit the crucial extra point after Drysdale’s touchdown run with 38 seconds remaining, breaking the 21-21 tie.
- Given Borges’ accuracy, it was strange that Angarano opted for a two-point conversion after Brookfield’s second touchdown. Rather than take the 13-13 tie, Angarano called a running play that was stuffed. As a result, Brookfield trailed 13-12 for most of the third quarter. In the end, it didn’t really matter. Brookfield made the plays late and Borges delivered on the game-clinching extra point.
- Brookfield takes on No. 1 seed Valley Regional/Old Lyme at Cheshire Hire Saturday (kickoff is 2 p.m.). Bethel, which won an improbable nine in a row to qualify for the playoffs, finishes 9-3.