It was week three in High School football and time for the historic Bell Game between Marceline and the visiting Brookfield Bulldogs.
Marceline opened the game with an onside kick. That risky gamble paid off as Marceline recovered. However after marching into Brookfield territory Marceline couldn’t keep the drive going and turned the ball over on downs to Brookfield. Possessions switched back and forth and at one point there were three fumbles, two of which resulted in turnovers in Brookfield’s favor.
Both defensive fronts played stout throughout the first half, and into the third quarter. Then with 2:46 left to go in the 3rd Brookfield struck from the 5 yard line for a touchdown. That was set up one play prior when Ramzie Cooper broke loose for a 41 yard run to the 5 of Marceline. The point after attempt failed and Brookfield led 6-0.
Marceline’s next possession ended with an interception. Brookfield wasted no time and Ramzie Cooper broke free off the right tackle and scrambled 49 yards to pay dirt putting another 6 on the scoreboard. Brookfield decided to attempt a two-point conversion but failed. At the end of the third it was Brookfield over Marceline 12-0.
Marceline was able to drive to the 13 yard line of Brookfield for the second time in the night, but could not convert a critical 4th and 4.
Brookfield drove the length of the field and with 6:21 left in the game, Collin Thudium ran it in from the 3 for a touchdown. Brookfield went for two and made it.
Final score 20-0 Brookfield and they keep the bell for another year.
Marceline is now 1-2 on the season as they prepare to travel to Putnam County.
Brookfield is unbeaten at 3-0 and will face Monroe City at home next week.