August 13, 2005 Media Contact: Daniel Wright (513) 561-4756
For Immediate Release
COMETS BLANK FURY Kings running back Keith Brooks surpasses 1,000 career rushing yards in 32-0 victory.
COMETS BLANK FURY
Kings running back Keith Brooks surpasses
1,000 career rushing yards in 32-0 victory.
Keith Brooks ran for 129 yards, surpassing the 1,000 yard mark for his Mid-Continental Football League career, and Kings’ defense notched a shutout almost one year to the date of their last one as the Comets defeated the Flint Fury, 32-0, Saturday night at Princeton High School Viking Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
After rushing for 107 yards in the first half, Brooks reached his milestone on the second play of the second half, sweeping around the left side for a 15-yard run. On the very next snap, Brooks powered his way into the end zone from three yards out, giving the Comets a 20-0 lead.
While Brooks was busy picking up his fifth 100-yard game in 12 games with the Comets, the Kings defense was forcing six turnovers in gaining their first shutout since a 27-0 win over the Michigan Twisters August 14 of last year.
Defensive tackle Jesse Black led the defense, picking up a team-high five tackles while forcing and recovering a pair of fumbles.
Linebackers Bobby Atkinson and Tommy Sewell also had big games.
Atkinson had 3.5 tackles, one sack, forced a fumble, and accounted for the final score of the game by picking off his first career pass with the Comets and returning it nine yards for a touchdown. Sewell had 4.5 tackles, including his fourth sack of the season.
Anthony Tyus helped stake the Comets to a 13-0 lead by halftime, tossing a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter.
After finding Ross Sferra with 6:10 remaining in the second quarter to break a scoreless tie, Tyus led his third straight scoring drive in the final two minutes of a half. A 47-yard punt return by Billy Back and two runs by Brooks covering 33 yards set up to Tyus’ 6-yard strike to Gene Hellams in the back of the end zone with 48 seconds left before halftime.
On two occasions in the second half, the Fury launched drives that threatened to produce their first points in MCFL play this season.
After Brooks’ touchdown gave the Comets a 20-point advantage, Lawrence Walker completed three passes for 51 yards, and Tony George tacked on 17 more yards on the ground to reach the Comets’ 12-yard line. After a Kings timeout, Sewell sacked Wright for a 10-yard loss and Mike Ward intercepted a Wright pass at the 12 to end the threat.
On their final drive of the game, George moved Flint to the Comets’ 27-yard line, picking up 43 of his 104 yards for the night on four carries. After an incomplete pass, Flint elected to try a 42-yard field goal on fourth-and-two. Josh Darling blocked the low kick, ending the Fury’s final chance to dent the scoreboard.
The Comets attempt to continue their 3-0 start when they travel to Louisville to play the Louisville Bulls 2 p.m. Sunday, August 21 at Louisville Holy Cross High School.
UNOFFICIAL BOX SCORE
FLINT 0 0 0 0 --0
KINGS 0 13 13 6 --32
K- Sferra 11 yard pass from Tyus (kick failed), 6:10.
K- Hellams 6 yard pass from Tyus (Rapking kick), 0:48.
K- Brooks 3 yard run (Rapking kick), 12:08.
K- Tyus 1 yard run (kick failed), 0:43.
K- Atkinson 9 yard interception return (pass failed), 8:28.
First Downs 8 11
(Run-Pass-Penalty) (5-3-0) (6-5-0)
Third Down Conversions 1-11 4-6
Fourth Down Conversions 1-8 0-1
Rushing 23-114 29-151
Passing 5-20-3 8-14-2
Gross Pass Yards 70 142
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-24 1-8
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 1-1
Penalties-Yards 7-44 7-55
Time of Possession 30:26 29:34
RUSHING: Flint—- George 18-104; Walker 2-7; Levy 1-4; Caldwell 1-0; Williams 1-(-1). Kings—- Brooks 18-129, TD; D.Johnson 2-8; Tyus 3-8, TD; Kidd 3-4; Strong 1-4; Baltimore 2-(-2).
PASSING: Flint—- Walker 4-13-2 58; Levy 1-7-1 12. Kings—- Tyus 8-14-2 142, 2 TDs.
RECEIVING: Flint—- Trawick 3-49; Moten 1-14; George 1-7. Kings—- Hellams 3-58, TD; Back 2-14; McMillan 1-49; Sferra 1-11; Brooks 1-10.