TRINITY — Brooks returned a fumble and an interception for touchdowns in the first quarter Friday night to jump ahead quickly en route to a 41-22 victory over East Lawrence.
The win keeps Brooks (6-1, 5-0) unbeaten in Class 4A, Region 8 play.
After trading punts in the early going, Brooks’ defender Brady Bedingfield stripped Dakota Millwood and returned the ball 75 yards for the game’s first points.
Three plays later, East
Lawrence quarterback Terrance Deloney was intercepted by Devan Henson, who also found paydirt on the return.
From there, Brooks’ offense took over. Quarterback Koby Littrell found Russell Phillips in the end zone for a touchdown.
Littrell finished the game 7-of-9 passing for 99 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
East Lawrence showed signs of life, cutting the lead to 20-6 with a Deloney run, but Brooks answered in just four plays, pushing their halftime lead to 27-6.
The second half was all on the ground for both teams.
Brooks ran just 20 plays and scored on two of their three drives in the half. Javonta Johnson and Riley Phillips each scored on touchdown runs for the Lions in the second half.
Deloney added a rushing touchdown and a passing score to Austin Hooie in the second half for the Eagles.
For the game, Deloney ran for a game-high 122 yards on 23 carries, while Dakota Millwood added 78 yards on 11 carries for the Eagles.
Brooks finished with 174 yards rushing and 301 yards of total offense, but the two touchdowns by the defense were the difference.
The Lions, who are alone in first place in the region, will try to clinch the region title next week when they host Central.