REC SPORTS: Team Brooke brings home flag football title |

REC SPORTS: Team Brooke brings home flag football title

Team Brooke, the winners of 2016 Nevada County Adult Sports Association's winter Flag Football League.
Laura Mahaffy/ | The Union

Amid scattered showers and on a mucky field at Western Gateway Park, Team Brooke powered past the Ballers, 46-21, to win the Nevada County Adult Sports Association’s winter flag football championship Sunday.

The No. 5 seed Ballers took the early lead on a long touchdown pass from Chad Mason to a streaking Robbie Gruber. But every time the Ballers scored, Team Brooke (the No. 2 seed) had an answer.

“We wanted to just dink and dunk, but when we realized they were in man and with the talent we have we had to take a couple shots and it worked well,”said Team Brooke quarterback Brandon Brooke.

Trailing 7-0, Team Brooke scored on a Brandon Brooke to Ben Brooke 20-yard scoring pass.

Ben Brooke would then grab an interception on defense that led to a Brandon Brooke to Max Brooke scoring play. Max Brooke was just getting warmed up.

After a turnover on downs by the Ballers, Brandon Brooke again found Max Brooke for a touchdown to give Team Brooke a 21-7 halftime edge.

“I think one of the keys that helped us win not only today, but all season was our defense,” said Brandon Brooke. “We didn’t let teams score very many points.”

Team Brooke’s Cover 2 and Cover 3 defensive schemes, along with its pass rush, made it tough for the Ballers offense to keep up with the highly efficient Team Brooke offense which couldn’t be stopped.

“We rushed (the quarterback) every play. We got some speed with our rushers and it makes it really hard on the quarterback,” said Brandon Brooke.

Team Brooke’s Daniel Tinnel, one of two players on the team without the last name Brooke, had two sacks in the first half and put pressure on the quarterback all game long.

In the second half, Team Brooke’s impressive offensive show continued, this time with Mason Brooke taking a short pass and jetting into the end zone to give Team Brooke a 28-7 advantage.

The Ballers would respond with a Mason to Gruber score to put the game at 28-13 after a failed extra point try.

Team Brooke didn’t waste time getting those points back as they ran a hook-and-latter play to Max Brooke who took the ball up the right sideline for a long touchdown.

Ben Brooke would grab another touchdown pass from Brandon Brooke, who had six passing touchdowns on the day, to make it 40-13.

Mason would hit Gruber one more time to make it 40-21, but it was too little, too late for the Ballers.

With 2 seconds left in the game, Brandon Brooke, at this point playing receiver, took a short pass and weaved through a half-hearted defensive effort for a long touchdown to put icing on the cake for Team Brooke and salt in the wound for the Ballers.

Team Brooke is comprised of Bailey Brooke, Heath Brooke, Brandon Brooke, Mason Brooke, Max Brooke, Dylan Brooke, Ben Brooke, Daniel Tinnel and Conner Johnson.

As team Brooke collected the coveted “NCASA Champs” T-shirts after the game, Johnson had just one thing to say, “We’re number one.”

For more information about the Nevada County Adult Sports Association visit or contact Rich Ramirez at 530-575-9142.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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