Lutheran West withstood a second half comeback from host Brookside to advance to 2-0 on the young season. Sophomore Eddie Lewis scored three touchdowns and senior Jonathon Bradley had another, as the Longhorns won their first road game of the season.
The game was decided on one play. With 2:30 left in the fourth quarter and the Longhorns up 21-14, the Cardinals had the ball on the Longhorn 14 yard line for a fourth and 5. With Brookside quarterback Kenny Grobolsek having run a QB draw on 12 consecutive plays, everyone in the stadium expected another of the same. Everyone, apparently, except the Brookside coaching staff who were apparently unsure of what play to call. With no time outs left, the Cardinal offense and Grobolsek waited for the play call while the play clock ticked down. Grobolsek didn’t realize that the playclock was down to ten seconds when he got the play, didn’t rush his team up to the line and failed to get the play off in time. The ensuing five yard penalty pushed the fourth down to fourth and ten, and forced the Cardinals to call a pass play instead of another QB run.
The pass, thrown into the endzone, fell harmlessly to the ground and LW took over on downs. Three plays later—a Jonathon Bradley 56 yard run and runs of 5 and 20 yards by Lewis—and the Longhorns scored a game sealing touchdown to extend their lead to 28-14 with 1:09 to play.
In the first quarter, the Longhorns looked lost. Their first three possessions netted 6 yards in 11 plays and allowed Brookside to gash them for 76 yards and a touchdown. But the script was flipped in the second quarter when LW dominated the period with touchdown drives of 34, 19, and 63 in their three possessions while allowing only 23 total yards to the Cardinals to put them up 21-7 at the half.
The second half was reminiscent of the first quarter. The Cardinals allowed LW only 17 plays in the entire second half for 87 yards—81 of which came on the three plays that led to the final touchdown. Those 17 plays only took up 7:40. In contrast, Brookside ran 30 plays for 119 yards, eating up 14:15 of game time. But LW’s defense stopped the Cardinals inside the 20 yard line on both of their fourth quarter possessions to keep Brookside off the scoreboard in the final 15 minutes and win game 28-14.