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Elizabeth Forward beats Freeport for 8th straight win 14-6, advances to semifinals @warrior_ef @DaVontayBrownf3@BruceDavidson37

Written by: on Saturday, November 13th, 2021


By: Bruce Davidson

Any time you get a matchup between the #4 and #5 seeds you expect the game to be close. Friday’s contest between the Elizabeth Forward Warriors and Freeport Yellow Jackets was just that, and the game wouldn’t be decided until the final minutes.

Each team’s first two drives ended the same way. Both sides would gain ground, then be forced to punt.

At the close of the first quarter, it was a scoreless tie. Elizabeth Forward hadn’t failed to score in the opening frame since their loss at West Mifflin on Sept. 10 in which they were shutout 14-0.

For Freeport they hadn’t been slowed this much since a 33-7 loss to North Catholic on Oct. 22.

Although both offenses came in hot, defense was the name of the game on a cold November night.

Yet it took some special teams trickery for either side to budge. Elizabeth Forward Freshman Charles Niget took a fake punt 18 yards on 4th and 7 to give the Warriors another crack at the endzone.

A few plays later Senior RB DaVontay Brownfield finally got the first score on an 8-yard rushing TD. With 1:10 till halftime it was Elizabeth Forward up 7-0.

Freeport tried a 42-yard field goal as time expired in the first half that fell short. 24 minutes in the Warriors led 7-0 over the Yellow Jackets.

The Freeport defense got some energy from a fumble recovery by Senior Andrew Sullivan with 9:53 left in the 3rd quarter. Taking over at their own 45-yard line the Yellow Jackets stalled out and were forced to punt.

After delivering the first down on a fake one earlier, Charles Nigut was on the wrong end of luck on a late third quarter punt. A bobbled snap forced the Elizabeth Forward Freshman to retreat all the way to his own 17-yard line.

Freeport took advantage of this great field position, and Senior Shane Jack ran in what seemed like the tying TD from 2-yards out.

It would have been, except for a high snap resulting in a missed Yellow Jackets extra point. At the end of the third quarter the Warriors held a 1-point advantage up 7-6.

On their opening drive of the fourth quarter Elizabeth Forward extended the lead to 14-6 when Junior QB Zion White ran in for the touchdown. The Warriors made the extra point to go up by a TD and a 2PT conversion over Freeport with 10:22 left in the game.

The Yellow Jackets responded and got as far as the Elizabeth Forward 13-yard line but were stopped on 4th and 10 on an incomplete pass in the endzone. The Warriors took over on downs still ahead 14-6 with 4:47 remaining in the game.

After Freeport had spent all of their timeouts Elizabeth Forward faced a 3rd and 9 with 1 minute left. Earlier he got the first Warrior touchdown, this time DaVontay Brownfield delivered the win with a 22-yard scamper.

Elizabeth Forward ran out the clock to take the 14-6 victory. The Warriors picked up an eight win in a row after a 1-2 start. The win sets up a rematch of last season’s 3A championship against Central Valley (11-0, 5-0) next week in the semifinals.

None of the Warriors previous games were decided by one score all year. Brownfield gave one reason why tonight’s game was tighter.

“That bye week we had, we weren’t used to not playing,” Brownfield said. “We just started off slow is all.”

Last year Elizabeth Forward entered the 3A title game 8-0 and was blanked 35-0 by Central Valley.

For Brownfield motivation is simple heading into next week’s rematch.

“I want revenge,” Brownfield said. “That was our only loss last year, we wanted Central Valley, that’s who I’ve been looking forward to seeing this whole season.”

Central Valley hasn’t lost since the 2019-20 PIAA Class 3A championship, for Brownfield’s wish to come true the Warriors will have to stop the other Warriors 23-game win streak.

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