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High school football: Brust helps Brady pick up giant win over Franklin

  • Bishop Brady running back Ismael Rivera (32) is tackled by Franklin’s Dustin Johnston (29) after a big gain during Saturday’s game at Memorial Field in Concord. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady quarterback Patrick Brust (12) throws while being protected by Jerome Donahue (78) and Jack Compton (30) during Saturday’s game against Franklin at Memorial Field in Concord. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • ABOVE: Bishop Brady teammates Ismael Rivera and A.J. Partington (50) celebrate after scoring a touchdown during Saturday’s game against Franklin in Concord. BELOW: Brady quarterback Patrick Brust (12) throws while being protected by Jerome Donahue (78) and Jack Compton (30). RICH MIYARA Photos / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady running back Jack Compton (30) takes the handoff and runs for a big first-quarter gain during Saturday’s tilt against Franklin at Memorial Field in Concord. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Franklin’s Justin Kurinkas (24) tries to side step a tackle by Bishop Brady’s Jerome Donahue (78) during Saturday night’s game at Memorial Field in Concord. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord quarterback Ronan McGonigle (21) lines up a pass from the pocket during Saturday’s game against Goffstown. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord running back Kody Rashed (9) breaks through the line for a run during Saturday’s game against Goffstown. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

Monitor staff
Published: 9/28/2019 10:29:03 PM

Patrick Brust knew momentum was slipping away on Saturday night. He also knew he was at least partially responsible for letting it slip, so the Bishop Brady senior made it right.

With Franklin clawing back into the game in the second half, Brust threw for a touchdown, came up with a key interception and then ran for the game-clinching score as the Giants pulled out a 33-22 win.

“Patrick did an amazing job tonight,” Brady coach Jermaine McKenzie said.

Brust finished 11-for-18 passing for 149 yards and two touchdowns and he ran nine times for 56 yards and a score. But his biggest play may have been the interception late in the third quarter.

The Giants (3-1) took a 20-6 lead into halftime, but Franklin (1-3) cut it to 20-14 midway through the third on a 7-yard touchdown run by Jacob Beaupre, who also ran in the 2-point conversion and finished the game with 163 rushing yards on 43 carries. Beaupre then picked off Brust on the ensuing drive, giving Franklin the ball on the Brady 40.

Six plays later, Brust returned the favor, intercepting Franklin quarterback Zach Douville at the Brady 21 and returning it all the way to the Golden Tornadoes 26.

“In my mind I was thinking, ‘I’m going to get a turnover,’ because I had just thrown an interception myself, so I wanted to get one back,” Brust said. “As soon as I saw it up there I knew I had it, and then I got good blocking down field so we got a good return out of it.”

“I thought we had caught up,” Beaupre said, “but that interception threw everything off.”

Two plays after he made the pick, Brust hit Isaiah Robles with a swing pass, and the junior back juked his way into the end zone. That gave the Giants a 27-14 lead with 2:03 left in the third after the PAT from Adrienne Brummett, the Brady girls’ soccer captain who also kicks for the football team and went 3-for-5 on Saturday (one kick was blocked and the other miss was on a dropped snap).

The Tornadoes answered with their preferred method of attack – a grinding drive featuring lots of Beaupre behind a big offensive line. This march covered 54 yards on 12 plays, the last a 4-yard run from Beaupre on fourth-and-goal from the 4. Again he ran in the 2-point conversion and again the Tornadoes had made it a one-score game, 27-22, with 8:43 left on the clock.

Needing a drive, McKenzie decided to unleash Brust on the ground.

“The last couple of weeks he’s been limited, so I didn’t want to run him as much this week, so I picked my spots,” McKenzie said. “And that was a big spot.”

He got no objections from Brust.

“I’ve had a knee issue the last few weeks, and this was the first day it was feeling really good,” Brust said. “There were a couple times I told coach to give me the ball, so he kept giving me the ball.”

McKenzie also unveiled some funky “swinging gate” formations on the drive. With half the offense split out to one sideline and the other half over the ball, the field was spread out for Brust. He ran with the ball on every play of the drive, covering 52 yards on just four carries, the last going four yards for the score to make it 33-22 with 7:05 to play.

“We’ve been practicing those formations in practice, but this is the first time we’ve pulled them out in a game,” Brust said.

Brady’s Connor Treybig recovered a fumble to end Franklin’s next drive, and then A.J. Cipriano came up with his second interception of the game to stop the Tornadoes on their final possession. Cipriano also returned an interception for a touchdown in the first half.

The Giants opened the scoring when Robles scored on a 4-yard run to make it 6-0 with 5:40 left in the first quarter. The Tornadoes answered with a 13-play drive and a 3-yard touchdown from Beaupre early in the second quarter. Brust and Ismael Rivera (four catches, 81 yards) connected on a pretty 47-yard scoring strike with 3:38 left in the first half. Cipriano’s pick six gave the Giants their 20-6 halftime lead.

“At halftime time we thought we could come back,” Beaupre said. “Just didn’t happen.”

The win is a nice rebound for the Giants, who were coming off a 22-7 loss at Raymond.

“We showed some grittiness,” McKenzie said. ” I told the guys the way you measure yourself is coming off a loss, and I thought they responded very well today.”


Goffstown 40, Concord 6

Key players: Concord – Jackson Tewksbury (fumble recovery TD)

Highlights: Sophomore defensive back Tewksbury picked up a fumble by the Grizzlies and returned it for a touchdown to cut the Tide’s deficit to 19-6 with 10:10 remaining in the third quarter, but Goffstown scored two touchdowns and a safety in the third quarter, and added another touchdown in the fourth to put the game out of reach. The Grizzlies led 6-0 after the first quarter and 19-0 at halftime.

Records: Goffstown 3-1; Concord 0-4

Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton 25, Newport 13

Key players: HDH – Colby Quiet (3 rush TD, 152 rush yards on 13 carries, 3 receptions for 78 yards; 13 tackles, sack), Mike Oberheim (8-for-11, 164 pass yards, TD run, interception), Jack Morrall (51 rush yards on 6 carries, 37 yard catch), Dylan Barrett (3 catches for 22 yards), Max Costell (27 yard catch), Tyler Allen (7 tackles), Vincent Waddell (7 tackles), Tucker Card (sack), John Jacobsen (sack)

Highlights: The Redhawks scored the fewest points they have had in a game all season, but Quiet still found the end zone three times in a win over the Tigers.

Coach’s quote: “This was a very physical game and our toughest opponent yet.” – HDH’s Jay Wood

Records: HDH 4-0; Newport 1-3

Pelham 28, Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: MV – Tanna Valliere (8 tackles, sack), Chris Lorden (5 tackles, sack), Jake Currier (4 tackles, sack), Travis Knouse (40 rush yards)

Highlights: The Pride shutout the Pythons in the second half, but couldn’t generate enough offense to put points on the board on Friday night.

Coach’s quote: “Got behiind early, but played better in second half. Big game next Friday at home.” – MV’s Joseph Raycraft

Records: Pelham 2-2; MV1-3

Kingswood 30, John Stark 0

Key players: John Stark – Jacob Ridenour (81 yards rushing on 18 carries), Pacey Richard (3 catches for 35 yards), Nate Tower (4-for-7 passing for 39 yards, 26 rush yards)

Highlights: The Generals were shutout by the Knights on Friday night.

Coach’s quote: “Injuries continue to mount, but the team never stopped competing. I am very proud of the effort the team showed.” – John Stark’s Kevin McGinty

Records: Kingswood 2-2; John Stark 1-3

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