COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – Jacob Cross scored two second-quarter touchdowns and the Columbiana special teams made several big plays in a thrilling 24-23 victory over Brookfield Friday night in the ‘Game of the Week’.
Brookfield drove down the field on their opening drive, but had a field goal attempt blocked.
Columbiana responded with a drive of their own and converted their 23 yard field goal attempt with 4:55 remaining in the first quarter to take an early 3-0 lead.
Jacob Cross would have a big second quarter for the Clippers, connecting on a 20 yard touchdown pass through the air and then rumbling for a 70 yard touchdown run on the ground to give Columbiana a 17-0 lead.
Haden Gibson hit Stephen Hayes for a 10 yard touchdown pass to get Brookfield on the board with a minute and a half to play in the first half to close the gap to 17-7.
A Gibson touchdown on the final play of the third quarter appeared to give Brookfield their first positive momentum of the game. After a two-point conversion the Warriors trailed just 17-15.
However, the clippers returned the ensuing kickoff back 75 yards for a touchdown extending the lead back to nine points and two possessions, 24-15.
Brookfield pushed the ball right down the field again on the ensuing drive with Gibson having an impressive run that was stopped at the one yard line. Tyler Briggs pushed it in on the following play and after a two-point conversion the Warriors trailed by a single point, 24-23.
Columbiana intercepted an errant Brookfield pass on the final Warriors possession.
You can watch the entire game tonight at 11PM on FOX Youngstown.
Brookfield – 429
Columbiana – 323
Brookfield – Gibson 10/25 157 yards, TD
Columbiana – Cross 12/29 163 yards, TD INT
Brookfield – Gibson 20 for 192 yards, TD
Columbiana – Cross 13 for 117 yards, TD
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