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University falls on the road to Brooke, 14-9

WELLSBURG — Brooke only scored one offensive touchdown but turned visiting University over five times as the Bruins defeated the Hawks for the first time since 2015, 14-9, Friday night.

Brooke’s Sperringer brothers helped clinch the game late for the Bruins. The older brother Braelyn, Brooke’s senior quarterback, scrambled for a 30-yard rushing touchdown with 1:27 left to give the Bruins a 14-9 lead in the fourth quarter.

The younger brother Ty, a sophomore defensive back, grabbed the game-sealing interception on UHS’s final drive that locked up the win for Brooke.

The victory snapped a six-game winning streak the Hawks had in the series dating back to 2015.

The Bruins struck first when a 20-yard pick-six by Gavin Moore gave them an early 7-0 lead. That was the first of five turnovers the UHS offense would commit in the game.

The Hawks would answer and a John Coleman field goal made it a 7-3 contest.
Before halftime, UHS quarterback Luke Hudson hit freshman receiver Kaleil Lewis for a 79-yard score that put the Hawks up 9-7 at the break.

That score would hold until Braelyn Sperringer’s game-winning run in the final two minutes.

Hudson finished 10 of 26 passing for 256 yards. His top targets were Coleman (four catches, 40 yards) and Ethan Jackson (two catches, 94 yards).

The Hawks will stay on the road next week with a game at Wheeling Park scheduled for Friday night.