By STEVE GOLDMAN
For the Star Beacon
The Brush Arcs have built themselves into a powerful football team, and Lakeside knew what it was up against on Friday night. Brush played like powerful teams are supposed to, as it dominated on both sides of the ball in a 49-0 home win.
“They come out, and they're physical,” Lakeside coach Frank Hall said. “They're not a finesse team by any means. They want to line up, they want to knock you off the football. And we got knocked off the football offensively and defensively.”
The Arcs (2-0) piled up a 42-0 advantage at halftime, as they outgained the Dragons 398 yards to eight in that span. After Lakeside was able to stop Brush's offense on two of its first three possessions, the Arcs scored touchdowns on their next six possessions, with four of them lasting three plays or fewer.
Davari Gill ran for 192 yards on just six carries, including two scoring runs of 63 yards each, and one of 30. He also had a 38-yard scoring jaunt nullified by a penalty. Stephen Shorts connected on eight of 15 passes for 201 yards, all in the first half, including touchdowns of 42 yards to Jordan Overton, 46 yards to Brandon Marshall IV and 30 yards to La Quan White Jr.
Darryl McCluney Jr. (75 yards on 11 attempts) had the other Brush touchdown on a one-yard run.
“They reload series after series,” Hall said. “And they have some quality young men over there in that lineup. Not only do they block hard, they run hard.”
On defense, the Arcs made it difficult on Tyler Loftus by putting pressure on him when he tried to drop back into the pocket. They limited the Dragons (1-1) to 75 total yards. Lakeside's deepest penetration came when, with the score 7-0, Kyle Downs blocked a punt. The Dragons took possession on the Brush 37, but could move the ball just four yards before a White interception killed the threat.
Moments later, Lakeside took possession on the Brush 38 after two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on a kickoff. However, it couldn't move at all on four plays.
“Our goal was to win our non-conference games,” Brush coach Josh Wells said. “This is the second of three. Offensively we did a lot of good things. We established the run game early on. Davari and with Darryl — that's a dynamic duo.
“Not having to run our quarterback like we did last week (in a 36-22 win at Padua) is good — keeping Shorts from contact.
“Some things we changed up offensively,” Hall said. “Some things looked good, some things looked bad. We still need to keep on working. And each week we're getting better.
“We saw some good things that we're going to build upon, and some bad things also. But we're going to look at the good things and build on them.”
Lakeside did collect 10 first downs, although four came via Brush penalties. In fact, that was the one thing the Arcs did not do well, as they were flagged 14 times for 175 yards, including nine 15-yarders.
“The only disappointing thing is all the penalties,” Wells said. “I'm not happy about the penalties at all.”
Goldman is a freelance writer from South Euclid.