First-Half Struggles Send Brookline to 39-21 Defeat
Brookline offense showed fight in the second half of loss to Framingham.
Brookline High stumbled out of the gate again yesterday and proved unable to overcome a 33-0 halftime deficit despite finally finding some rhythm in the second half of a 39-21 loss to Framingham.
David Odhiambo got the hot Framingham (2-2) offense started in its opening possession with a six-yard touchdown run (extra point blocked) and the Flyers took a quick 6-0 lead with 8:11 in the first quarter. The first play of the ensuing Framingham possession proved to be a combination of poor tackling and aggressive play from Framingham wide receiver Mike Stearns. Stearns caught a pass from quarterback Greg Finley on a curl route with 3:18 left in the first and broke a few tackles before streaking down the left sideline for a 63-yard touchdown.
"There were a bunch of break downs in coverage and that was one of them," Brookline head coach Kevin Mahoney said. "We need to start finishing plays off and that starts in practice when we tell the players to finish off drills."
A Finley 24-yard pass to Travis Hayes set up Finley's eight-yard keeper touchdown run at the 0:36 mark in the first to give the Flyers a 20-0 lead. Odhiambo struck again with 6:43 in the second when his 14-yard touchdown run gave Framingham a 27-0 advantage.
The Flyers' C.J. Cosme fumbled on the 50-yard line with 4:14 in the second, but the Warriors (0-4) couldn't take advantage when receiver Leon Scott fumbled after catching a pass to give the ball right back to Framingham. Four plays later, the Flyers were back in the end zone, this time on a 35-yard scoring strike from Stearns to Joe Igo with 2:02 left in the half and Framingham had a 33-0 lead.
The Warriors continued to shoot themselves at the start of the second half when they fumbled the kickoff and gave the Flyers the ball at the Brookline 35. Framingham profited from the Warrior miscue again when D'Amani Daniels took the ball off-tackle and ran it in from 14 yards out with 9:20 in the third to give the Flyers a 39-0 lead.
Down 33-0, Brookline decided to start airing the ball out and attacking the Flyer secondary. In its next possession, Greg Thiesen connected with Scott (117 receiving yards) for gains of 24, 17 and four yards, and eventually Scott came down with an arcing Thiesen pass in the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown pass at the 5:14 mark.
Thiesen threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Aiden Fouhy with 9:43 left in the game and Brookline had success through the air again with 3:02 left when Eric Dumas's 35-yard touchdown pass to Lake Berry made it a 39-21 game.
"I'm very pleased with the way we played today," Framingham head coach Gary Doherty said. "I thought we played really well in the first half and I'm eager to watch tape and see some of the good and bad things we did."
Doherty said that Brookline's defensive scheme made his play calling simple.
"With the type of coverage they were using, they had a bunch of guys on the line and pretty much forced us to throw all day," Doherty said.
Mahoney said that his team came out flat in the first half but liked what he saw out of the Thiesen-to-Scott combination with Scott no longer injured.
"Leon [Scott] is healthy again and he's one of the best wide receivers in the league," Mahoney said. "That's huge for us and Greg [Thiesen] is happy to have him back in the lineup."
The Warriors will travel to Wellesley for next week's 2:30 p.m. game on Saturday Oct. 9.