By Greg gulas
The Brookfield Warriors are one of just a handful of teams in the area whose defense is holding opponents to barely double-digit scoring.
It’s their offense that is downright offensive.
Ryan Mosora rushed for 220 yards and accounted for four touchdowns and Jeremy Quinlan passed for two scores and rushed for another as the Warriors dropped Ashtabula Edgewood, 49-13 Friday at George Nicholas Field.
“We came out a little lackadaisical last week and we worked on that all week in practice,” Brookfield coach Randy Clark said. “We responded by coming out tonight and setting the tone early.”
Brookfield (7-0) scored on the first play of the game when Quinlan raced 62 yards for the score just 20 seconds into the game for the early 7-0 advantage.
“Jeremy is a great competitor; a four-year starter and leader who runs the show for us,” Clark said.
Quinlan, who also added an interception to his game resume, would lead the Warriors to seven touchdowns on their first seven possessions of the game.
“Give credit to our offensive line because they gave me excellent protection and opened giant holes for our backs all night,” Quinlan said. “We work hard in practice and as a result, we’re coming together a little more each week.”
Midway through the opening period Mosora scored the first of his three rushing touchdowns, this time from 20 yards away and after a two-point conversion, Brookfield led 15-0.
“Ryan is simply dynamite,” Clark said. “He runs as hard as he blocks and does everything with intensity.”
The Warriors increased their lead to 23-0 at the 1:42 mark when Quinlan found Collin Harkulich with a 25-yard scoring strike and Jimmy Quinlan added the conversion run.
A 45-yard touchdown run by Mosora at the 5:37 mark of the second period gave Brookfield a 29-0 lead and when Joe Clark crossed the goal line from a yard away with 29 seconds remaining, the Warriors built a 36-0 margin at the intermission.
“We came out with the right mentality, knowing that we needed to execute from the get-go,” Mosora said. “To be the first Brookfield team in 34 years to win their first seven games, that is very, very special.”
Mosora picked up after intermission right where he left off in the first half, adding a 69-yard pass reception from Jeremy Quinlan a little over two minutes into the half for his third score and a 42-0 lead.
With 3:06 remaining in the third quarter, he then added a 5-yard run for his third rushing touchdown to make it 49-0.
Edgewood (4-3) avoided the shutout thanks to Riis Smith, who scored on a 14-yard run at 10:09 and then caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Louie Wisnyai as time expired.
“We played an excellent football team tonight, no question about it,” Edgewood coach Dom Iarocci said. “Their entire backfield is tough, but we knew and expected that going into the game.”
Brookfield rolled up a season-high 523 yards, including a season-best 378 on the ground. The Warriors have rushed for at least 300 yards five times this season.
Brookfield held Edgewood to 183 total yards.
“We had an excellent week of preparation and our defense takes pride in limiting what opponents can do offensively,” Jimmy Quinlan said. “Defense wins championships and this defense will take us as far as we want to go.”