High School Football

Brookland-Cayce rallies for dramatic win over rival Airport

Coaches' sons quarterbacking Airport and Brookland-Cayce

B-C's Reed Charpia and Airport's Brett Burnett both play quarterback and both are sons of head coaches.
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B-C's Reed Charpia and Airport's Brett Burnett both play quarterback and both are sons of head coaches.

Brookland-Cayce scored the final 20 points to rally for a wild 47-43 victory over rival Airport on Friday night.

Sammy Lykes’ 5-yard run with 2:20 remaining capped the frantic comeback over the final 9:36 for the Bearcats.

Airport had taken a 43-27 lead with 9:51 remaining when Brett Burnett connected with Calvin Ford on a 25-yard scoring toss. After that, however, it was all Brookland-Cayce.

“That kickoff return chaged the whole momentum,” Brookland-Cayce coach Rusty Charpia said.

Raycron Williams started the rally with a 90-yard kickoff return. After an Airport punt, the Bearcats (2-0) went back to work and Joe Pradubsri capped a four-play, 70-yard drive with a 9-yard scoring run.

Lykes had the big play in the drive with a 53-yard run to get the ball inside the Eagles 10-yard line.

Airport (0-1) went three and out on their next possession and gave the ball back to the Bearcats at their own 11-yard line with 5:30 remaining. The Bearcats converted two long third-down conversions on the 10-play, 89-yard drive.

First, Reed Charpia hit Lykes on a 22-yard gain on third-and-seven. He then connected with Williams on a 40-yard pass on third-and-13 to move the ball to the Eagles 27-yard line.

Four running plays later, and Lykes scored the game-winner.

“We were very fortunate, that’s all I can say” Rusty Charpia said. “They never gave up and kept trying hard. We kept saying if we wanted to see what we are made of, we had to not be scared and play. We did that in the second half.”

It wasn’t pretty as turnovers and penalties played huge factors in a game that last 3 1/2 hours. There were 10 turnovers combined and more than 40 penalties called.


Williams turned the momentum in the Bearcats favor with his 90-yard kickoff return for a score. Airport had just taken a 43-27 lead with 9:51 remaining when he electrified the crowd. Williams picked up the ball on the hop, reversed field to the his left and picked up a couple of key blocks down field to walk into the end zone.


Sammy Lykes: With several players cramping, Lykes did all of his damage in the fourth quarter. He rushed for 75 yards and caught a 22-yard pass in the final quarter alone.

Brett Burnett: It was a mixed bag for the Eagles’ senior quarterback, He committed five turnovers, but threw four touchdowns and ran for another as he was the main factor in putting Airport ahead early in the fourth quarter.


8.25: Average yards per punt for Brookland-Cayce in the first half. Airport started each drive in BC territory and scored on three of those possessions.

10: Combined number of turnovers, with each side turning it over five times.


“I said early in the week the team with the most people still standing with about four minutes remaining would win the game. Both teams had players falling all over the place.” Rusty Charpia said on the three hour and 30 minute contest

How they scored

1st Quarter

BC – Marquis McCoy 63 pass from Reed Charpia (Jonathan Edwards kick) 9:26

BC – Dominick Perry 27 pass from McCoy (kick failed) 7:01

A – Brett Burnett 1 run (Paxton Brooks kick) 1:26

2nd Quarter

A – CJ Wright 32 pass from Burnett (Brooks kick) 11:29

BC – Cam Brown 40 interception return (Edwards kick) 8:05

A – Jamir Robinson 17 run (Brooks kick) 2:19

A – Anthony Calhoun 17 pass from Burnett (kick failed) 1:16

A – Brooks 49 FG 0:00

3rd Quarter

BC – Rasheed Taylor 39 pass from Charpia (Edwards kick) 7:05

4th Quarter

A – Will Lorick 7 pass from Burnett (kick blocked) 11:10

A – Calvin Ford 25 pass from Burnett (Brooks kick) 9:51

BC – Raycron Williams 90 kick return (Mike Williams run) 9:36

BC – Joe Pradubsri 9 run (pass failed) 6:34

BC – Sammy Lykes 5 run (run failed) 2:20

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