AHSAA Class 5A playoff game - 1st round:
At E.D. Redding Stadium - Killen:
West Point 10 6 0 14 - 30 (6-5)
Brooks 13 21 0 7 - 41 (9-2)
WP - Steven Rodriguez 27 FG 6:44 in 1st
Brooks - Christopher Spuregon 41 pass to Noah Turbyfill (Joseph Tapp kick) 5:30 in 1st
WP - Rylan Jones 58 pass to Raylon Moore (Rodriguez kick) 4:01 in 1st
Brooks - Spurgeon 23 run (kick blocked) 1:42 in 1st
Brooks - William Tucker 72 fumble return (Tapp kick) 10:35 in 2nd
WP - Jones 3 run (Kick blocked) 7:58 in 2nd
Brooks - Turbyfill 3 run (Tapp kick) 3:53 in 2nd
Brooks - Turbyfill 2 run (Tapp kick) 0:31 in 2nd
WP - Jones 3 run (Rodriguez kick) 10:29 in 4th
Brooks - Turbyfill 10 run (Tapp kick) 4:29 in 4th
WP - Jones 11 pass to Hunter Persall (Rodruguez kick) 3:06 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: Victory was in the grasp for West Point, but two turnovers damaged the chances of the Warriors remaining undefeated as a road team this season.
West Point was moving the ball downfield after Brooks went back in the lead at 13-10 before the first period ended.
The Warriors opened the second quarter at their 42 and had things going their way until Jones lost the handle after a seven-yard run with the ball popping out of his hands at the Brooks' 28-yard line.
Tucker scooped up the ball and scampered untouched 72 yards for a score that had the Warriors down 20-10.
The Warriors were patient as a 65-yard drive with Persall leading the way, got them in striking distance at 20-16 inside the 8:00 mark of the second quarter.
Brooks would follow with two possessions, driving 63 and 65 yards to the Warriors' end zone to build the advantage to 34-16 by the break.
The Lions needed just 51 seconds to get the insurance score after Lezarius Decatur picked off a Jones pass at the Brooks 35 with 1:22 showing on the clock.
Two passes to Turbyfill gained 46 yards and enabled the Lions to end the half with four touchdowns on five possessions and 236 yards total offense by intermission.
West Point had a good time consuming drive to start the third quarter, only to give up the ball on downs at the Brooks 23 after the series began from the Warriors' 39.
Early in the fourth, a 36 yard pass by Jones to Moore drove the ball deep in Brooks territory. The drive ended with Jones scoring from the five and the Warriors were down 34-23.
Brooks went 70 yards for its final TD of the game, taking 5:54 off the clock. Turbyfill was given the ball 16 times in the quarter, collecting 75 yards. His third rushing TD and fourth of the game had the Lions up 41-23 and only 4:29 left to play.
Not giving up, the Warriors started from their 49 after a good kickoff return by Brandon Woods. Two runs of 31 yards from Persall had the Warriors into the "red zone" with the drive ending on an 11-yard sideline pass by Jones to Persall.
Brooks recovered an onside kick at its 46, but was stopped inches short of a first down by Will Brown and the rest of the West Point defense.
The Warriors had possession at their 44 with 2:00 left, but lost three yards on a option pass attempt by Kolton Easterwood. The next three passes fell incomplete with the Lions taking over and burning the final 1:14 off the clock to advantage to the second round.
Persall was superb in the backfield as he has all season long for Don Farley. The fleet-footed junior rushed for 213 yards on 28 carries. He caught three passes for 28 yards to finish with 241 all purpose yards.
In five games covered by Sportspage, Persall has rushed for 1,089 yards. Persall was on the verge of a 2,000-yard season as West Point has been solid at running the football the last three years with Kobe Smith in 2015, Cameron Moore in 2016 and Persall this season.
The Warriors gained 426 yards vs. the Lions, picking up 280 by the run and 146 on seven completions by Jones.
Moore had two catches for 64 yards, Persall three for 28, Cameron Bates two for 24. But the interception with 1:22 left in the half proved to be a huge mistake that prevented the Warriors from moving into the second round.
West Point finishes 6-5, making the 5A playoffs for the fourth consecutive season under Farley. The Warriors have averaged six wins a season in this span and gone 16-10 in regional play.