Lightning delay can’t short-circuit Okolona Chieftains

By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal

FALKNER – Okolona High went up 14-0 in a shorter amount of time than Friday night’s lightning delay at Falkner High School.
Less than eight minutes into its Division 1-1A opener, Everett Brooks scored two touchdowns – a 13-yard run and a 38-yard dash right up the middle – for the visiting Chieftains.
Right after Brooks’ 38-yard run with 4:02 left in the first quarter, the officials halted play due to lightning. The game would resume an hour and 10 minutes later, but Brooks’ pair of first-half scores, plus two more in the second half, proved to be the difference, as the Chieftains went on to win 27-7.
“Sometimes that’s kind of a momentum buster,” said Okolona head coach Calvin Aldridge. “But we jumped up early.
“Of course, E-Mac (Brooks) had quite a ballgame, and of course that big fullback and those two guards pulling out in front of him helps a lot, too.”
The win upped the Chieftains to above .500, at 3-2 on the season. The loss dropped Falkner to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the division.
“Levaughn Jones also had a big night running the ball,” Aldridge said. “So, I don’t know what all our stats were, but we rushed the football pretty good tonight.”
Okolona outgained Falkner 158-60 on the ground in the first half, and Brooks and Co. picked up where they left off in the first half.
Brooks, a sophomore, scored on a 37-yard run with 4:52 left in the third and on a 7-yard carry with 6:57 remaining in the game to give the Chieftains a commanding 27-7 lead.
Friday night’s four-touchdown performance was the first of Brooks’career.
“My line blocked well for me and I just did what I had to do to punch it in,” said the 5-foot-6, 170-pounder. “When the passing game didn’t work, I had to pick up for my team.”
The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard thanks to a Dalton Ward 10-yard run with 48 seconds to play.

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