CHESAPEAKE (WAVY) – Quarterback Dominique Brooks took a knee as the final seconds ticked away, and Indian River High School celebrated a win it had waited 20 long years for. Behind Brooks’ two touchdown tosses, and a stellar defensive effort, the Braves (8-0) stormed into Tiger Stadium and took down arch rival Oscar Smith 28-16 on a rain-soaked Saturday.
“We know what team we had,” said Brooks, who led Oscar Smith to the Class 6 state championship game last season. “(Head Coach Glenwood Ferebee) told us from the jump that this team is probably one of the best teams he ever coached. We knew what we had to do, we knew our talent, our hard work that we put in over the summer.”
Ah’Shawn Moore started the scoring for Indian River with a touchdown run on the game’s opening drive. The Tigers (7-1) quickly responded with Auburn-bound Cam’Ron Kelly finding Kenny Ethridge in the endzone to tie things at 7-all.
Indian River scored the next 14 points, starting with an electric, 85-yard touchdown reception by Braves receiver Rasheen Brooks. Running back Carmelo Sweat gave the Braves a 21-10 lead with a 69-yard dash to the endzone just before halftime.
In the third quarter, Brooks lobbed to the corner and found Moore, who made a sensational one-handed touchdown grab that essentially locked up Indian Rivers’ long-awaited win.
Oscar Smith made one final charge, thanks to another touchdown toss from Kelly to Ethridge, and a fumble recovery deep inside Indian River territory. But the Braves defense held off any comeback hopes for Oscar Smith.