By Hayley Dumesnil
On Friday, November 1st, the Dairy Queen™ Game of the Week was played at Clyde-Perkins Stadium at the Grace Community School between The Brook Hill Guard and the Grace Cougars. There was a lot of hype surrounding this game because it was a rematch between the two schools from last year, when Grace beat Brook Hill.
The game kicked off at 7:30pm with a packed stadium full of Grace and Guard fans. This year, the Guard came to play. The Brook Hill fan section came to play as well. There were chants between the cheerleaders and the fans, like “NO GRACE! NO MERCY!” And there was a lot of cowbell. A. LOT.
The Guard scored first with a rush touchdown from Gabe Lucio. Then the Cougars answered with a touchdown of their own in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Seth Brasher caught a 12-yard pass from Grant Hanks for the touchdown.
In the third quarter, Grace scored first, but the Guard answered with a 63-yard pass from Grant Hanks to Seth Brasher for a touchdown.
The Guard sealed the win with a 72-yard catch from Grant Hanks to Alex Hale to score the final touchdown. The final score was 27-14 and that was the first time that the Guard has ever beaten the Cougars in football.
Other highlights include Gabe Lucio’s 21 rushes for 50 yards, as well as Grant Hanks’s 13 completions (out of 27 attempts) for 233 yards, no interceptions and 3 touchdowns. Seth Brasher had 7 catches for 135 yards and Alex Hale had 3 catches for 81 yards. Jacob Dumesnil had 2 catches for 10 yards.
With the win, Brook Hill has claimed a playoff spot for the postseason. They are off this next week because Prince of Peace forfeited and so the Guard will be hard at work, preparing for the postseason.
Photos from Rebecca Jones.