IWA snaps skid against Blessed Sacrament

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 19, 2007

ISLE OF WIGHT—Before Friday night, Blessed Sacrament Huguenot had beaten Isle of Wight Academy in five straight regular season appearances. That streak fell hard on Friday night. Rusty Brake rushed for 113 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 164 yards and a touchdown to lead the Chargers to a 34-7 win over the Knights in a Virginia Commonwealth Conference football game.

Brake played like a man on a mission and was responsible for all but 11 of Isle of Wight’s 230 first half-yards.

The teams exchanged fumbles early in the game, then Isle of Wight finally got some focus. With 2:14 left in the first quarter, Brake bolted 40 yards for a touchdown. Cody Dowdy’s extra point kick made it 7-0.

Isle of Wight’s blitzkrieg offense scored again in the second quarter. Brake tossed to Kevin King over the middle and King rambled 78 yards for a touchdown. Dowdy’s kick made it 14-0. The route was on.

King set up IWA’s next score when he returned a punt to the BSH 13. Two plays later, Brake scrambled all over the field and scored from 13 yards out. Dowdy booted the extra point for the 21-0 lead with 4:29 left to play in the half.

IWA scored again on its next drive. Starting from the Chargers’ 39, Brake threw a 17-yard pass to King and 15 more was added on for a personal foul by the Knights (4-4). Brake then ran 16 yards down to the 13. On the next play, Brake took the ball around the right sideline 13 yards for the touchdown and a 27-0 halftime lead.

IWA’s defense held Blessed Sacrament to just 24 total yards of offense in the first half.

The second half opened the same way for both teams. The Isle of Wight defense held and then put together another three-play scoring drive. Brake finished it off with a 13-yard run

with 9 minutes to play in the third quarter. Dowdy’s kick made it 34-0.

Blessed Sacrament finally scored with 10:31 left in the game on a 4-yard run up the middle by quarterback Austin Wingfield.

IWA (7-1) head coach Dale Chapman said the game with Blessed Sacrament has become a heated rivalry because of the Knights getting the better of the deal the last five seasons.

&uot;My team practiced hard this week. There was no fooling around, because they knew what this game meant to the rest of our season,&uot; Chapman said. &uot;We are playing with our backs against the wall and we have to win the rest of our games. We play Southampton (Academy), which is a very good team, and then we have to play Greenbriar Christian Academy, which is a good Division III team. These seniors know what’s at stake here. If we don’t practice hard and play hard on Friday nights, it’s going to be hard for us.&uot;

Chapman was happy with Brake’s performance but cited other aspects of his team’s play.

&uot;I won’t say our offense is centered around him, but he is a real spark plug for our team and a motivator. He works hard,&uot; Chapman said. &uot;I’m proud of what he’s done. But our defense played well and our special teams played well.&uot;

The Chargers play at Southampton Academy at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in a key VCC matchup.