2016 Brookfield Football Preview

Brookfield travels to Springfield for their week one contest.

2016 Brookfield Football Preview
Head Coach: Randy Clark, 12th season (69-48)
2015 Record: 10-2 (6-0), 1st place in AAC Blue
2016 Division/Region: 6/21

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2015 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 37.5 (6th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 15.7 (T-11th in Area)
Passing Offense: 198.6
Rushing Offense: 180.3
Total Offense: 378.9

2015 Results
Kirtland 27 Warriors 17*
Warriors 39 Lisbon 28*
Warriors 39 Champion 14
Warriors 45 Campbell 15
Warriors 19 LaBrae 14
Warriors 49 Girard 14
Warriors 31 Edgewood 7
Warriors 65 Newton Falls 14
Warriors 30 Liberty 0
Warriors 42 Berkshire 7
Warriors 43 Valley Christian 7
Springfield 41 Warriors 31
*-Playoff game

Returning Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Alex Clark – 522 yards, 6.2 ypc, 5 TDs
Receiving: Xavier Bailey – 18 catches, 281 yards, 3 TDs
Tackles: David Swope – 73
QB Sacks: Luke Bender & Alex Clark – 3
Interceptions: Xavier Bailey, Luke Bender, Bryce Randall & Alex Bell – 1

Recent Warrior Post-Season Finishes
2015: Division VI (Region 19) Semifinalist
2013: Division VI (Region 19) Participant
2012: Division IV (Region 13) Finalist
2011: Division IV (Region 13) Participant

2016 Schedule
Aug. 26 – at Springfield, 7
Sept. 2 – Valley Christian, 7
Sept. 9 – Berkshire, 7
Sept. 16 – at Liberty, 7*
Sept. 23 – Newton Falls, 7*
Sept. 30 – at Edgewood, 7
Oct. 7 – Girard, 7*
Oct. 14 – at LaBrae, 7*
Oct. 21 – Campbell, 7*
Oct. 28 – at Champion, 7*

Keys on Offense
The Warriors’ three-year starting quarterback Augustus Necastro has since graduated after throwing for over 1,300 yards in each of the last three seasons and completing 58% of his passes (352-608) during that span. That’ll be a huge void to fill this coming season. Coach Clark identifies one of his team’s greatest needs is to fill this position. There are pieces in place though at the skill positions. Senior Xavier Bailey ran for 11.8 yards per tote last season (29 attempts, 342 yards) and scored 5 times on the ground. Bailey also hauled in 18 passes for 281 yards (3 TDs) from his slot position. Junior Alex Clark is also back as the leading returning rusher (522 yards, 5 TDs) and second in pass catches (14).

Senior center Carmen Furillo was a First-Team All-League selection as a junior. Furillo leads a big group upfront which features the likes of tackle Trevor Pegg and guard Bailey Litz.

Keys on Defense
Brookfield has constructed a defensive unit which not only has been one of the best in the area at stopping opponents’ from gaining yardage but also from scoring points. The Warriors have not allowed their opponents to average 20-points in a single season since 2009 (31.9).

Points Allowed
2015: 15.7
2014: 16.9
2013: 19.5
2012: 15.0
2011: 17.5
2010: 17.8

Without Zach Hackett (87 tackles, 2 sacks) and Josh Sinkuc (24.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks) up front, a pair of seniors will be looked upon as the anchors (David Swope, 73 tackles and Carmen Furillo, 55.5 tackles, 2.5 sacks) of the front seven. Junior Alex Clark finished 2015 as the leader in quarterback takedowns (tied with Luke Bender with 3). Bender had 30 tackles in 2015. The secondary should be strong suit as well, even without Marc Kraml (4 INTs) and Caleb Hunkus (41 tackles). Chad Filipovich (69 tackles) and Xavier Bailey (36 tackles) will be returning in the defensive backfield.

Final Analysis
With all of the success that Brookfield has had in recent history, many kind of forget how difficult it was to field a winner. Sixteen years, between 1995-2010, went by without having a winning season. Over the last five campaigns, Brookfield has advanced to the playoffs four times and has compiled 45 wins (45-12). The Warriors made themselves known in their first year back in the All-American Conference since 2009 by going undefeated (6-0) in Blue Division play. Can they do it again this year?

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