During the 2009 season, the Brookfield football program struggled to accumulate victories finishing with a 1-9 mark. Almost a decade prior, the Warriors closed out of the 2001 campaign with a 1-9 year duplicating the same record as the previous season (2000: 1-9). Unlike those two groups, the ’09 Warriors had a plethora of talented youngsters who just needed time to develop. Boy, did they ever! Brookfield advanced to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history. Despite being eliminated by Norwayne in each trip, the Warriors have won 21 of their last 24 games over the past two seasons.
Coach Randy Clark will have to find replacements for key contributors such as Jeremy Quinlan (1272 passing yards, 1249 rushing yards, 6 defensive interceptions), Ryan Mosora (2149 rushing yards, 5 INTs), Jimmy Quinlan (156 tackles), Derek Sulick (114 tackles, 5 sacks), David Jamison (97 tackles), Tyler Miller (92 tackles), Ron Kirila (87 tackles, 7 sacks), Gary Hiner (63 tackles) and Collin Harkulich (26 catches, 8 receiving TDs, 8 defensive INTs).
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Optimism is back as Coach Clark points out. “We’re very excited around here. [We’ve] got a great group of young kids ready to step in and fill some big shoes.”
2013 Brookfield Warriors’ Football Preview
by Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Randy Clark, 9th season (45-39)
2012 Record: 12-1
2012 Post-Season Finish: Lost Division IV Regional Final to Norwayne, 49-28, on November 16
Returning Starters: Offense – 4 , Defense – 4
2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 45.0 (2nd in Area)
Passing Yards: 108.0 (1404)
Rushing Yards: 308.1 (4005)
Points Allowed: 15.0 (7th in Area)
Passing: Augustus Necastro – 90 yds, 71.4% Comp Pct (5-7), 1 TD
Rushing: Joey Clark – 60 att, 349 yds, 9 TDs
Receiving: Joey Clark – 25 rec, 268 yds, 3 TDs
Tackles: Tyler Hailey – 63
QB Sacks: Joey Clark – 4.0
Aug. 30 – Springfield, 7 PM
Sept. 6 – at Newton Falls, 7 PM
Sept. 13 – at Campbell, 7 PM
Sept. 20 – Struthers, 7 PM
Sept. 28 – at Warren JFK, 7 PM
Oct. 4 – at Hubbard, 7 PM
Oct. 11 – at Edgewood, 7 PM
Oct. 18 – Conneaut, 7 PM
Oct. 26 – at Youngstown Christian, 7 PM
Nov. 1 – LaBrae, 7 PM
Offensive Strength: Scoring has not been an issue. The Warriors posted 26-points or more in each game last fall. In 2009, the offense registered just a 6.6 point per game average compared to last year when the team erupted for 45 points per contest.
Offensive Weakness: Graduation has left the Warriors thin on experience. Who will step in to take the burden off of the inexperienced group?
Defensive Strength: Last fall, Brookfield held 9 opponents to 14-points or less.
Defensive Weakness: The Warriors said good-bye to their top six tacklers and their top three ball hawks. Just like on the offensive end, varsity game experience is an issue entering camp.
Storylines Facing the Warriors
1. Offensive Production Questions.With so many gifted seniors gone, Coach Clark points to four offensive players to watch for. At receiver, senior RJ Leon should get more touches this season. In 2012, Leon caught 3 passes for 41 yards and a score. Look for senior Joey Clark to carry the ball more often this fall. Last year, Clark gained 5.8 yards per carry (60 attempts, 349 yards, 9 TDs) while catching 25 balls for 268 stripes (3 TDS). Also a pair of senior offensive linemen return in Eric Kusky and Adam Gann.
2. Defense Looks to Reload. Brookfield graduated their leading tackler (Jimmy Quinlan, 156), leading sack artist (Ron Kirila, 7.0) and top interceptor (Collin Harkulich, 8) from last year’s bunch. Defensive back RJ Leon is back after a 56 tackle season while sophomore corner Tyler Hailey will look to have an even stronger year than his freshman campaign (63 tackles). Strong safety Joey Clark also makes his return following his 4-sack and 31-tackle campaign. Defensive lineman Adam Gann also will be back in the fold.
3. Improved Schedule in 2013. The subtraction of Trinity and Western Reserve Academy with the addition of Hubbard and Springfield to the schedule should prove to be an obvious plus. Brookfield defeated Trinity and WRA last year by a combined 107-30. The Warriors and their fans are well aware of Hubbard.
Did you know?: The last Brookfield Warrior to be named onto the AP All-Ohio First-Team was Kevin Wellendorf (RB) in 1994.