BRIGHTON – Despite having the same last name and both being juniors, Brighton Bengals running backs Erick Brown and Kevin Brown are not related.
Though given their football prowess and their performances Friday night, you would think they were.
Kevin (203 rushing yards, three touchdowns) and Erick (109 rushing yards, three touchdowns) combined with a punishing defense to lead the no. 1 seed Bengals to a 64-0 skunking of the no. 4 seed Lowell Catholic Crusaders in an MIAA Division 4 North football semifinal game Friday night at Daly Field.
Kevin got the festivities going by returning the opening kickoff 25 yards to the Lowell Catholic 48, then eventually punched in a touchdown from one yard out to make it 6-0 Bengals with 6:36 left in the first.
The Crusaders (5-4) tried to respond on their first series and got it as far as the Brighton 11, but a false start penalty and an incompletion on fourth down turned it back over to the Bengals.
The teams swapped empty possessions the rest of the first quarter until Kevin exploded for a 67-yard touchdown rush on the first play of the second quarter. The 2-point conversion was successful, and the Bengals were up 14-0.
Kevin soon made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball as well. Crusaders quarterback. On the Crusaders’ next play, he ripped the ball out of running back Philip Ferreira’s hands and set up the Bengals in the red zone, leading to Erick Brown’s first score, a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Erick would score on the next series as well, this time on a 48 yard touchdown rush.
Not to be outdone was the Bengal defense, which registered three sacks and six turnovers, including three fumble recoveries and two turnovers on downs. They barely missed any tackles all night and delivered plenty of hard hits.
Also contributing on offense for the Bengals (8-0) were quarterback Nate Hall (five completions, 131 yards, two touchdowns) and running backs Kierston Griffifths (54 rushing yards, touchdown) and Jose Pinero (79 rushing yards, touchdown)