Brookwood falls at Melrose-Mindoro
A slow start proved to be fatal for the Falcons Friday night, as Brookwood dug itself an early hole on its way to a 32-14 loss to Melrose-Mindoro in Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 6 football playoff action.
The host Mustangs scored three unanswered touchdowns in the first half to open up an 18-0 lead over seventh-seeded Brookwood in the Level 2 match-up at Melrose-Mindoro High School.
A six-yard touchdown pass from Sam Boone to Aaron Scafe gave the Mustangs a 6-0 lead after one quarter of play.
Melrose-Mindoro increased its advantage to 12-0 early in the second quarter, when Boone and Scafe hooked up again – this time on a 20-yard touchdown pass.
Later in the frame, Erik Christopherson found the end zone on a three-yard run, allowing the Mustangs to an 18-0 advantage at the half.
Melrose-Mindoro added its fourth straight unanswered touchdown early in the second half, when Matt Boone took the second-half kick off and raced 86 yards for a score to put the Mustangs on top 24-0.
Brookwood finally got on the board later in the frame, when Jaden Havlik hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hansen to cut the deficit to 24-6.
Melrose-Mindoro answered on its next possession, however, when Sam Boone hit Devin Christopherson on a 32-yard touchdown pass.
Boone then found Scafe for the two-point conversion, helping the Mustangs forge a 32-6 lead.
The Falcons found the end zone again late in the third quarter, when Jack Hansen hit paydirt from five yards out.
Hansen tacked on the two-point conversion as well, cutting the Melrose-Mindoro advantage to 32-14.
Both teams went scoreless in the fourth quarter, allowing the Mustangs to coast to its second playoff victory.
Brookwood finished with 181 total yards on offense, including 108 on the ground and 73 through the air.
Melrose-Mindoro racked up 320 yards on offense – 128 on the ground and 192 through the air.
Brookwood finished its 2015 season with a 7-4 overall record, while Melrose-Mindoro improved its mark to 9-2 with the victory.
The third-seeded Mustangs will face top-seeded Pecatonica-Argyle in a 7 p.m. Level 3 road game Friday.