Prep Football

Brunk's chase helps swing momentum in Clark County's favor

London Brunk
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 8, 2018 12:30 am

HAMILTON, Ill. -- Twenty players on the football field thought West Hancock senior running back Peyton Dooley had burst for a 94-yard touchdown run on the Titans' first possession of the third quarter Friday night.

Clark County's London Brunk was the lone exception.

Dooley was racing down the left sideline for an apparent score, but the Indians' senior cornerback started his pursuit from the other side of the field and caught Dooley at the 2-yard line.

"There was one thing going through my mind," Brunk said. "It was 14-6 and a one-score game, and I have to catch that guy. I just laid out."

The Indians made a defensive stand, and the Titans fumbled the ball away three plays later. Clark County then went on a 13-play, 82-yard scoring drive and scored 28 unanswered points to beat West Hancock 42-6 at Jim Repplinger Field, handing the Titans (2-1) their first regular season loss since Oct. 23, 2015.

"That was definitely a key moment in the game when it still could have gone either way," Clark County coach Ethan Allen said. "That was really exciting, that's for sure."

Clark County (2-1) grabbed the momentum and turned the rainy game into a mudslide.

Junior running back Caleb Lapsley, back in the lineup after missing last week's game with a concussion, punched it in from 1 yard out to make it 20-6 with 1:25 remaining in the third quarter.

West Hancock quarterback Jared Little fumbled a snap two plays later on the ensuing drive, and Clark County recovered the ball at the Titans' 35. Brunk scored four plays later on an 18-yard run to make it 26-6. West Hancock fumbled on the following kick return, and Brunk scored on a 6-yard run on the next play to make it 34-6 with 10:23 remaining in the game.

"We felt really good after that big run, but we lost the momentum and never got it back," West Hancock coach Travis Cook said. "The turnovers took over after that."

West Hancock lost three fumbles, and Clark County turned all of them into touchdowns.

Brunk and Lapsley combined for 252 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Lapsley churned out 156 yards, while Brunk had touchdown runs of 21, 8, 18 and 6 yards.

"The line did everything," Lapsley said. "They blocked their butts off and made huge holes."

Cook echoed that.

"Their offensive line kicked our butts," Cook said. "We slanted. We twisted. We did everything we could. We couldn't do anything."

West Hancock had 223 yards of offense, but its lone touchdown came when Dooley threw halfback pass to Leighton Green for a 30-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Dooley rushed for 130 yards, while fullback Bryce Wilson had 65 yards on 21 carries.

"This was a really fun game," Brunk said. "It felt like we were running in a pond, but our defense was flying and our offense was clicking."

Clark County 42, West Hancock 6


23 First downs 11

44-302 Rushes-yards 44-193

69 Passing yards 30

371 Total yards 223

7-8-0 Comp-Att-Int 1-2-0

5-1 Fumbles-lost 6-3

9-65 Penalties-yards 3-25

Clark County 14 0 6 22--42

West Hancock 0 6 0 0--6

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

C–London Brunk 21 run (run failed), 5:31

C--Brunk 8 run (Caleb Lapsley run), 3:39

Second Quarter

W--Leighton Green 30 pass from Peyton Dooley (run failed), 9:40

Third Quarter

C--Lapsley 1 run (pass failed), 1:25

Fourth Quarter

C--Brunk 18 run (kick failed), 10:45

C--Brunk 6 run (Noah Ferrel run), 10:23

C--Sam Wheeler 12 run (Ferrel run), 3:31


RUSHING--Clark County, Lapsley 22-156, Brunk 16-96, Kyle Anderson 1-6, Spencer Gregory 1-4, Kegan Davis 2-24, Wheeler 2-16. West Hancock, Bryce Wilson 21-65, Dooley 10-150, Derek Wiley 4-5, Andrew Cochran 4-6, Drew Martens 1-(-5), Jared Little 2(-9), Wyette Casey 2-1.

PASSING--Clark County, Brunk 7-8-69-0. West Hancock, Little 0-1-0-0, Dooley 1-1-30-0.

RECEIVING--Clark County, Levi Sommers 2-38, Dalton Albert 1-6, Logan Gutting 2-15, Lapsley 2-10. West Hancock, Green 1-30.