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Bradshaw, Brooks roll over Austin

11/02/2012, 10:23pm CDT
By Bill Harrison

Brooks’ Ahmad Bradshaw accounted for four total touchdowns in the Eagles 49-12 Class 4A second-round playoff victory over Austin on Friday.

Brooks' quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw runs the ball against the Austin Tigers in their playoff match at Lane Stadium on Friday, November 2, 2012, in Chicago. | Chandler West~For Sun-Times Media

After getting stopped on downs on its first possession, Brooks’ offense couldn’t be stopped thereafter against Austin on Friday in a second-round Class 4A state playoff game.

The Eagles scored on their next seven possessions en route to a 49-12 win at Lane Stadium. They’ll meet the winner of Saturday’s game between Richmond-Burton and Evergreen Park.

“You have to take your hat off to Austin, they played hard but we grind them out,” Brooks coach James Brown said. “We have a great group of Division I players and high grade point average kids. We have to keep going next week.”

Ahmad Bradshaw threw for a touchdown and ran for three more to power Brooks (8-2).

“It’s not easy and it’s a lot of tough work, practicing six days a week,” Bradshaw said. “Burton knocked us out in the first round last year and we are thinking we might see them next week.”

Bradshaw got help from the Eagles running back duo of Cleveland Clark and Joshua Smith. Clark had 22 carries for 148 yards and two touchdowns, and Smith added 155 yards on 15 carries with one score.

Willie McCullom (18 carries, 146 yards) had 48-yard touchdown run to highlight the scoring for Austin (9-1).

“We are proud of our kids considering we had some young lineman this year,” Carter said.   “[Brooks] is just better than us and I wish them luck the rest of the way.”

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