Nov 3, 2017
By Chase Gage
History. Senior Night was a successful one in Brookland.
The Brookland Bearcats defeated the Cave City Cavemen Thursday night by a score of 55-7, marking the fifth win of the season for the Bearcats. Those unfamiliar with Brookland football may not realize how significant that is, but the long-time fans should.
The Bearcats finished the season with an overall record of 5-5 (2-5 4A-3), setting the school record for wins in a season. This also marks the first winning season in program history.
The history of Brookland football is a short one, but that does not make this accomplishment any less significant.
The first-ever varsity football game for the Bearcats was played in 2012. In their inaugural season, the Bearcats finished with a record of 3-6 (1-6 4A-3). The next year, they set a new school record when they beat the Trumann Wildcats in overtime. The 2013 Bearcats finished 4-6 (1-6 4A-3). Since then, no Brookland team has eclipsed the four-win mark.
Until now. The 2017 Bearcats started the season 3-0 before a five-game losing streak. They responded to that adversity by winning their last two games to set the school record for both overall and conference records. Brookland had never finished with multiple conferences wins before this season.
This is a huge step forward for the program. Though still relatively young, the Brookland football program is starting to gain a level of legitimacy. The growing pains of starting a program from scratch may be starting to pay off.
How did the Bearcats achieve this feat? Let’s take a look back at their season and find out.
|at Cedar Ridge||Won 35-6|
|at Corning||Won 42-22|
|Cave City||Won 55-7|
Their season was not without a few down moments, such as the heartbreaking losses to Highland and Westside by a combined 11 points, but overall this season should be looked at as one that broke through the ceiling of what Brookland football can be.
Congratulations to all the players, parents, boosters and fans. This great program deserves this.
-Featured image via Jeremy Nuckles-