Facing a clock-controlling offensive attack and a stiff defense, Brownsburg was overwhelmed by host Hamilton Southeastern Friday night, 37-0.
“Putting the ball in the end zone is something that we certainly need to work on,” Brownsburg coach Brett Comer said. “We have scored six points in the past couple of weeks. We have to get back to taking the ball up and down the field and scoring points.”
HSE (2-1) set the tempo from the beginning, as it took the ball 80 yards on 13 plays on the opening possession of the game. The drive was capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Hunter Hardee.
“Tonight we played four quarters,” HSE coach Scott May said. “We came out and had a long drive early and burned a lot of clock and scored a touchdown and it never stopped. Defensively, we played well and did the things that we needed to do to get a shutout.”
After a Brownsburg punt, HSE did not take the foot off the gas, as it went on another long drive, this time 53 yards in eight plays. However, the drive stalled and the Bulldogs caught a break as Brady Hoffman missed a field goal.
HSE capitalized with scoring possessions on back-to-back Brownsburg three-and-outs. The first was a 58-yard pass from Tyler Janney to Chris Ford for a score, the second a 12-yard TD run by Jamitreus Crockham that gave HSE a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
HSE added another field goal by Hoffman and took a 24-0 advantage into halftime.
Brownsburg (1-2) showed some life coming out of the locker room. However, a fumble and loss of 10 yards at the HSE 25-yard line doomed the possession, as the Bulldogs lost the ball on downs.
HSE responded just four plays later, as Janney hit Ford again for a 29-yard TD strike. The Royals added another score on a 3-yard plunge into the end zone by Crockham.
HSE had 248 yards on the ground, while Janney threw for another 160.
Brownsburg will look to rebound from the loss when it battles Westfield next week.
“We will go back to basics,” Comer said. “We have a young team. Our basics are blocking, tackling, make throws and catches, making runs, getting our defense off the field and putting our offense on it. We have to be opportunistic. That’s what we have to do.”