It didn’t start out the way the Ashbrook Green Wave wanted. Running-back Deandre Britt fumbled at the Ashbrook 16-yard line on the first play. The Jaguars took advantage as Jake Lee connected with Javari Rice for the 16-yard touchdown pass. The extra point conversion was mishandled however. It took the Green Wave a couple more drives to get going. But once they did, they didn’t look back.
British Brooks got Ashbrook on the board with a one-yard run for a touchdown. Korbin Proctor’s extra point gave the Green Wave a 7-6 lead. Brooks would score again from ten yards out. After that, quarterback Hayden Welle got in on the fun when he attempted a quarterback sneak from the Green Wave 32-yard line. That ended up being a 68-yard touchdown run and before you knew it, the Green Wave was up 20-6. The Jaguars did strike back before the quarter ended. Jake Lee found Jalen Neely-Baldwin on a short pass that he took 26 yards for a touchdown. Holt Cloninger’s extra point cut it to 20-13. That would be the half-time score.
Things would get worse before they got better for Forestview in the second half. A one-yard quarterback sneak by Welle and a seven-yard touchdown run by Brooks gave Ashbrook a 34-13 lead. The Jaguars would go into their bag of tricks to get back into this one when tailback Aaron Bennett threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jake Long. The extra point was blocked so the score stood at 34-19. Forestview opted for the onside kick, but it was unsuccessful. That just gave Ashbrook a shorter field to work with. Brooks would put it away with a 17-yard touchdown run. That extra point was also blocked. Not content to go away, the Jaguars put one more score on the board. Lee connected with Long for a 71-yard touchdown pass to get the Jaguars closer. But they would not get any closer. The Green Wave wins their second consecutive game 40-26 and are 1-0 in conference play.
British Brooks led Ashbrook’s power run game with 176 yards and four touchdowns. Hayden Welle pitched in with 115 yards and two touchdowns. The Green Wave’s offense amassed 456 total yards (429 yards rushing). Jake Lee led Forestview 233 yards passing and three touchdowns and one fumble. Jake Long led all receivers with 144 yards and two touchdowns. The Jaguars would amass 283 yards of total offense. Most of it was through the air.
“We’re still trying. Some things are getting better but there some things we need to get better at.” said Forestview head coach Chris Medlin “(Ashbrook) is a great team. They are a much better team than they were week 1. We need to eliminate the bad plays and make more good plays. We have to overcome penalties.”
“I’m proud of our guys tonight. There are some things I’d like to have back. We fought for all four quarters and just made some advances on becoming more of a team.” said Ashbrook head coach Brian Andrews “Our practices have become a little more intense because we pretty much laid it on the line for our players and told them what’s at stake and how we want things done. We are not going to settle for anything less. We’ve been healthier than we’ve been in the first two games as well.”
“I was proud of Coach Eccles and the offensive staff.” Andrews said of Ashbrook’s 40-point offensive performance “They all worked really hard. Our running-backs ran hard. Our quarterback had a great game and made some good decisions on pitches. He kept it when he needed to. I’m just proud of our offense by taking care of that second half like we needed to finish them off.”
Ashbrook will have a bye week next before traveling to Burns. Forestview will travel to Providence Day.