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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Tigers face stiff road test at Brookfield

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  • After being doubled up on the road at Clark County in week three, the Macon Tigers have rattled off three straight wins, with their record sitting at 5-2, two more wins that most predicted.
    If they want to extend that streak to four, they will have to pull off an upset on the road, against what will surely be a highly-motivated Brookfield Bulldog crew.
    Last week, the Tigers faced off against Mark Twain for their 2012 Homecoming game, and came away with a big shut out, 21-0.
    As for Brookfield, the Bulldogs came away with a road win last week against a tough Palmyra squad, by the score of 31-14.
    The Bulldogs, under the leadership of head coach Nile Thudium, have a number of talented players in the arsenal, including junior quarterback J.J. Abongo, who has dazzled both on the ground and through the air.
    This will be something that the Tiger defense must be weary about, as opponents have found some success through the air this season.
    Coach Thudium knows his team is capable of standing up in the face of adversity.
    "We really feel like we've made a lot of progress the past two weeks," he said. "We believe we're really starting to come together as a team."
    When the play doesn't call for Abongo to run, he has three talented running backs behind him.
    Ramzie Cooper is a seasoned senior, standing at 5' 9" and weighing in at 170 lb, and will look to make a difference.
    Collin Thudium is measured at 5' 10" and 160 lb., and can really brake through defensive lines.
    Reed McBroom is an up-and-coming freshman, who stands at 5' 10" 185 lb., and can make an impact when needed.
    "We have been very banged up, so many younger players have been called upon to do their part," Coach Thudium said. They have done an excellent job, and our starters have shown great heart by fighting through some nagging injuries."
    When Abongo wants to become an airborne threat, he has two talented wingmen as targets.
    Matt Neeley and Marcus Liebhart each stand at 6' 3", so they are both capable of skying over the defense to make the catch.
    The Brookfield line is loaded with talent that can make the quarterback untouchable.
    Brent Sparks, Tyler Lane and Trent Hoover are seasoned seniors, and can knock the defense to the ground when needed.
    A number of these players are just as tough on defense, including Abongo, who lines up as a defensive back.
    As for the game itself, Thudium knows the rivalry between Macon and Brookfield is a spirited one.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Macon will be an excellent test for us. They have improved greatly throughout the year," he said. "Year in and year out, they are always a quality opponent because they are so well coached."
    Thudium also knows that his players always look forward to the matchup.
    "Our kids are very much looking forward to this game," he said.
    "Macon had won this game in convincing fashion the past two years, so our players would obviously really like to win this year."
    Brookfield comes into this game with a record of 6-1 overall, but their CCC record stands at 5-2, as they took an automatic CCC loss by playing in the Bell Game vs. Marceline.
    The showdown between Macon and Brookfield is always a tough one, so come out to Burlington Field to see the action!
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