Wk 13 LYN 2021 Brookville vs Heritage Regional Semifinal Game

Wk 13 LYN 2021 Brookville vs Heritage Regional Semifinal Game 547 367 SWVA High School Sports

Lights go out at City Stadium as Brookville beats Heritage 50-21

City Stadium, Lynchburg, Va – Whenever the Heritage Pioneers meet the Brookville Bees you can expect a battle. They didn’t disappoint earlier in the season with a double overtime contest that went down to the wire with Heritage emerging victorious. They didn’t disappoint tonight either. The first few drives were action packed as Brookville drew first blood with QB/LB 7 Drake McDaniel picking up fifty-yards and a score on two plays. The Pioneers immediately struck back, going fifty yards as well with a tying TD in two plays as well. QB 14 QB Kameron Burns connected with WR/LB 6 Keshaun Hubbard on the scoring strike. The star of the night, Bee RB/DB 28 Tayshaun Butler, got his first of three TD’s on Brookville’s next drive. The senior sliced through Heritage’s defense and turned on the afterburners for a seventy two yard score. All that, in just three drives in the first quarter. This game was full of wild moments. There was Brookville WR/DB 22 Jaylyn Marshall’s eighty-six-yard kickoff return. Butler’s incredible diving interception in the end zone, and at the start of the fourth quarter the lights went out, halting the game for a stint. That’s just a few. After their 50-21 victory, Brookville Coach Jonathan Meeks was proud of his unit, “anytime you beat Heritage, whether it’s by one, ten, or whatever, you’ve beat a tough Coach Bradley Pioneer team and it’s a good night. We’ve faced a lot of adversity this year and I couldn’t be more proud of these guys.”

Brookville QB 7 Drake McDaniel breaks away up the middle

First Quarter – After a handful of drives in the first quarter, Brookville had a 14-7 lead on the Pioneers. Heritage had the ball and needed some offense.  LB/WR/RB 18 Kenai Booker-Felder started the drive off with a hard-fought twenty-six-yard kickoff return, situating the Pioneers at midfield. Coach Bradley trusted the ball to his running back 2 Zac Steele who picked up a first down off a spin move and two short carries.

Brookville RB 2 Silas Rucker plows into Heritage DB 18 Kenai Booker-Felder

Coach Bradley went to  RB/LB 21 Rajan Booker-Felder next. The junior made some moves off a low snap picking up fourteen-yards and another 1st down in the process. The quarter ended with the Pioneers knocking on Brookville’s door with the team orange inside the twenty-five.

Pioneer RB 21 Rajan Booker Felder books it up the sideline

Second Quarter – Heritage’s drive from the first quarter promptly ended after two incomplete passes Heritage QB 14 Kam Burns being by 2 WR/LB Silas Rucker. That turned the ball back over to the Bees on downs. Brookville controlled the scoreboard throughout the second quarter. The Bee’s punched in two more scores and forced a somewhat unorthodox safety on defense to add sixteen points to their total.  The two squads looked evenly match and Brookville had to battle for every yard. Time and time again the Pioneer defense brought up third down but the Bee’s found a way to move the sticks.

Pioneer WR/DB 6 Keshaun Hubbard sweeps right as he is tailed by LB/WR 3 Steven Pauley

First, Brookville QB 7 McDaniel hit WR/DL 10 Addison Ellis for a huge drive-saving twenty-seven-yard reception, narrowly avoiding the sack. Next,  RB/LB 1 Michael Viar picked up nine yards down the middle to move the chains again. The Bee’s luck ran out on their next play with a wild snap leaving McDaniel no choice other than taking the seven-yard loss. Brookville couldn’t recover, failing to pick up the last few yards they needed turning it back over to Heritage on downs. But field position was in Brookville’s favor. The Pioneers took possession of the ball back over with their backs up against their own end zone. Brookville pinned their ears back and  capitalized on their positioning. QB 14 Burns sunk back into the pocket and consequently the pioneer end zone.  The Senior signal caller was immediately chased down by Brookville’s LB 2 Rucker who forced the QB to throw a prayer to the right sideline while falling away. The officials deemed there wasn’t a receiver for Burns’ pass and  threw an intentional grounding flag. Because the toss was out of the Pioneer’s own end zone, Brookville was awarded a safety and the ball. In combination with a penalty on Coach Bradley, as he and everyone in the Heritage stands were fired-up, the Pioneers had to perform their free kick back to the Bees from 15 yards farther back.

Brookville RB 28 Tayshaun Butler finds a hole in the Heritage line


After the kick and return, and once the smoked cleared, the Bee’s only needed thirty-three more yards to find pay dirt again. Bee’s Head Coach seized the moment and the visitors capitalized. On fourth down QB 7 McDaniel found  WR/DB 9 Stephen Preston on the left sideline for the thirty-one-yard TD. Heritage’s next drive produced some yards but the Pioneers eventually were forced to punt from their own forty-seven. WR/LB 2 Steven Pauley put together a big thirty-two yard punt return to set the Bees up again. QB 7 McDaniel and RB 28 Butler did the rest. The Brookville QB picked up thirty-one-yards on a QB keeper, bursting through the middle before being brought down by 13 WR/DB Deuce Crawford. On the next play, Butler broke the plane with a five-yard rush, and Brookville had pushed their lead to 30-7. Heritage made a nice push to end the half, with Burns targeting receivers in Brookville’s end zone, but alas his pass was intercepted by 17 WR/DB Nicholis Adcock as the clock expired.

Third Quarter – The Pioneer’s came out on fire to start the second half. After another Bee’s squib kick, RB 21 Rajan Booker-Felder breezed through Brookville’s defense picking up thirty-five-yards, plus a Brookville horse collar tackle penalty. Heritage RB 21 Booker-Felder took that in for a quick 5-yard score from there. Unfortunately for the home squad, their momentum faded fast. Brookville RB 22 Jaylyn Marshall reeled in the kickoff at the twelve and did what he does best. The senior found the holes and motored eighty-two-yards before being chased down by Deuce Crawford at the two. Two plays later, and the Bee’s had another score by way of a RB 1 Viar dive over the pile. After the kickoff the Pioneers started their drive at their thirty and pushed all the way to Brookville’s six. Burns completed three big passes for a total of fifty-six-yards, two targeted to Hubbard and one to Crawford. But the Pioneers couldn’t seal the deal on the in the red zone, turning it over on downs after a clutch tackle from Bees DL 50 Micah Pennix. Heritage would hold Brookville and get the ball back with good field position at their forty. It probably felt like déjà vu for Burns though. The QB made another shot to the end zone but the Bee defense was up to the task, picking off Burn’s pass.  Butler made an acrobatic theft, somehow pulling  in the pass while diving through the air, giving his squad the ball at their twenty. He wasn’t done yet. On second down, the senior broke away for a huge forty-two-yard gain to get his team on the Pioneer side of the field to end the quarter.

Bee DL 50 Micah Pennix battles Heritage OL 52 Chris Stone

Fourth Quarter – The fourth quarter had an bizarre start, to say the least. Both teams lined up, the whistle blew, and the lights went out. Both sides of the stands lit up with cellphone lights as the stadium lights slowly warmed back up. After about thirty minutes the game was back on, clearly, the Bees managed to stay loose. On the first play of the fourth, Butler broke free again for a thirty-eight-yard TD up the middle. The PAT failed, but the Brookville lead had ballooned out to a commanding 43-14 lead.

Heritage QB 14 Kam Burns scans the field

Brookville kept the pressure on both defensively and offensively. It took the Bees ten plays to reach the half century mark with a McDaniel to WR/DB 21 Alfonzo Jennings TD pass, despite near perfect coverage from Pioneer 23 WR/DB Darius Brown. Now sporting a thirty-six-point lead with barely four minutes left in the game, Coach Meeks gave some guys a chance to get minutes in on defense. The Pioneers stuck with their squad and quickly scored with RB 21 Rajan Booker-Felder hitting a sixteen-yard sprint up the left sideline. With a 50-21 lead, Brookville let the clock run out, ending Heritage’s post-season and evening up the records against each other this year at one apiece. – Graham Whitaker

     Rushing – Heritage – Rajan Booker-Felder 12-99, 2TD, Zac Steele 11-41, Kameron Burns 3-4
Brookville – Tayshaun Butler 14-224, 3TD, Drake McDaniel 7-67, 1TD, Silas Rucker 9-22, Michael Viar 6-15, 1TD
     Passing: Heritage – Kameron Burns 11/22-164, 1TD 2INT  Brookville – Drake McDaniel 5/9-106, 2TD
     Receiving: Heritage – Keshaun Hubbard 6-113, 1TD, Deuce Crawford 3-32, Donovan Jones 1-16, Zac Steele 1-3
Brookville – Stephen Preston 1-31, 1TD, Alfonzo Jennings 1-26, 1TD, Addison Ellis 1-27, Tayshaun Butler 1-14, Steven Pauley 1-8
     Punting: Heritage – Kameron Burns 3/39yd avg. Brookville – Drake McDaniel 2/45yd avg.

Scoring –
First Quarter
     • Brookville: McDaniel 2-yd rush: Ayers PAT (7:45)
     • Heritage: Hubbard 25-yd pass from Burns: Adcock PAT (5:02)
     • Brookville: Butler 72-yd rush: Ayers PAT (3:23)
Second Quarter
     • Brookville: safety (6:00)
     • Brookville: Preston 31-yd pass from McDaniel: Ayers PAT (4:22)
     • Brookville: Butler 5-yd rush: Ayers PAT (0:16)
Third Quarter
     • Heritage: R. Booker-Felder 5-yd rush: Adcock PAT (10:20)
     • Brookville: Viar 1-yd rush: Ayers PAT (8:40)
Fourth Quarter
     • Brookville: Butler 28-yd rush: PAT failed (11:51)
     • Brookville: Jennings 26-yd pass from McDaniel: Ayers PAT (4:09)
     • Heritage: R. Booker-Felder 16-yd rush: Adcock PAT (2:23)

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