Gold Out 2019

William Staviski

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With the pride of Brookfield on the line, the Brookfield East Spartans took on the Brookfield Central Lancers in a critical game for both teams. 


A sea of gold in the crowd for both schools, it was destined to be an action-packed game. The game took place at Brookfield East on Friday, October 4th. Cooler in temperature, it was perfect football weather and both teams were ready to take the field. 


The National Anthem was sung, the players were ready, it was time for football. 


The Lancers elected to receive the ball first, Joey Prondzinski (12) started the game off with a perfect kick off to start the game. The Spartans scored fast as Donovan Hunt (12) rushed for a 46 yard touchdown. 


The rest of the first quarter was scoreless with many changes of possession. The end of the first quarter resulted in a 7-0 Spartans lead. 


The Spartans gained momentum at the start of the second quarter with and interception by Nate O’Connell (12). This set up the Spartans with good field position, but they couldn’t capitalize on the Lancer’s mistake.


 The Lancers first scoring drive was a long one, ending up with Brookfield Central’s running back Rashad Lampkin (12) walking the football into the endzone, untouched, for a 2 yard touchdown. 


Later in the quarter on a punt by the Spartans, Ryan Johnson (12) deflected the punt, the Lancers recovered the fumble off of the punt and set them up with good field position with 2 minutes left in the half. The Lancers would take advantage of the Spartans’ mistakes, Lampkin would score an 8 yard rushing touchdown. 


The Illinois State commit brought the Lancers back into the game with the Lancers leading 14-7 at halftime. 


The 3rd quarter started off with a big momentum swing for the Spartans. With 6:45 left in the 3rd a big play occured. A flea flicker from Hunt to Sam McGath (12) to a wide open Dawson Hayden (12) for a 50 yard gain. Hayden’s catch would lead to a 15 yard receiving touchdown, McGath throwing to Hunt. The rest of the quarter would remain scoreless, keeping the games score 14-14.


The 4th quarter would be a turning point for the Lancers. The Lancers would convert on a big 4th down catch by Lampkin. Later, in that same drive, the Lancers would score on a 19 yard rushing touchdown by quarterback Max Hawkins (12). This play would make the score 21-14 with the Lancers leading. 


With 5:45 left, the Spartans still had hope. 


The first possession of their drive was a 20 yard rush by Hunt, putting the Spartans at the 50 yard line. The next play was a controversial call that had many upset. A McGath touchdown throw to Hunt had tied the game. It had seemed the Spartans would get their mojo back, only for the touchdown to be called back due to a holding call on the offensive line. 


Quarterback, McGath would get strip sacked by a gang full of Lancers and end up fumbling the ball at midfield. The Spartans defense needed to stop the Lancers from scoring but lacked to do so. 


Cam Devine (11) for the Lancers, would rush for a 40 yard touchdown putting their lead to 28-14. The Spartans would get the football back, but would ultimately have the same result as the drive before. Hunt fumbled the ball for the Spartans with 2:23 left in the game. 


In the end, the Lancers would line up in victory formation and once again, be the winner of the Battle of Brookfield.


Despite the crushing defeat for the Spartans, it was a learning and growing opportunity for the team. This will put a fire in their belly to prove to everyone that they were not the team that showed up when they played Brookfield Central. 


The next possible chance for the Spartans to get their rematch against Central would be during the playoffs with a lot more on the line. 


The Spartans still have potential for the rest of the season with a record of 5-2. Make sure to cheer them on every Friday night to see how the team will finish off the season and do in the playoffs.  


Player of the game: 

Rashad Lampkin, Senior (2 rushing touchdowns)


Other notable performances:

Donovan Hunt, Senior (1 rushing and 1 receiving touchdown)