Brooks, Hargrave Top Hokies JV 12-6

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Ahmad Brooks and his Hargrave Military teammates took on Virginia Tech’s JV team Friday afternoon in Lane Stadium in Blacksburg and came away winners, 12-6. Brooks tallied eight tackles and two pass breakups in the win.

This one was a defensive struggle in the first half, and the Hokies took a 3-0 half time lead on a 46-yard field goal by freshman Nic Schmitt. Hargrave’s offense finally came to life when quarterback Oliver Taylor hit wide receiver Chris Baker for two long touchdowns within a two-and-a-half minute span.

With 2:19 to go in the third quarter, Taylor hit Baker for a 25-yarder to make it 6-3 (the PAT sailed wide), and on the first play of the fourth quarter, Taylor and Baker connected on a 52-yarder. The 2-point try failed, leaving the score at 12-3.

The Hokies closed it to 12-6 on a 47-yard field goal by Schmitt with 5:56 to go. Tech had a chance to tie or go ahead late in the game, advancing to the Hargrave 30-yard line with 9 seconds to go, but Hargrave’s Vaughn Mansfield picked off Will Hunt’s pass in the end zone to end the game.

Wearing # 34, Brooks had a quiet game, including a lackluster first half that saw Hokie JV running back John Candelas rip off two big gains off-tackle, right through Brooks’ position at outside linebacker. In that first half, Brooks had just two tackles, but he also had a near-interception for a touchdown when he cut in front of a Hunt pass in the flat but couldn’t corral it for the pick and the sure six points.

In the second half, Brooks got back on track, ringing up six tackles and doing a much better job of stopping the Hokie rushing attack. Another sharply-thrown pass by Hunt slipped through Brooks’ grasp shortly after crossing the line of scrimmage, giving Brooks his second pass breakup of the game.

Brooks returned a kickoff for approximately 15 yards in the second half, as well. He was clearly one of the most athletic players on the field for Hargrave, a team that boasts an 8-1 record and has 13 players currently committed to play college football, including Brooks (source: Hargrave web site).