On one of the coldest nights of the fall, Brooks football traveled 75 miles north to take on New Hampton School in the Ken O'Keefe Bowl. Brooks entered the game with a record of 6-2, and New Hampton stood at 7-1. This was the third post-season bowl game in the last four years for Brooks, and the experienced squad came ready to play.
"Our season was really a testament to our senior class," said Head Coach Pat Foley. "They have had a great four-year run here, and they wanted to finish it on a high note. It is obviously a really talented group of kids, but the best part was how much fun they had playing football. They knew when it was time to be serious, but our practices and meetings were fun, and they really enjoyed being around each other."
The game's first half featured numerous hard hits and explosive plays, but Brooks slowly inched ahead off a 1-yard touchdown run by Jay Cromwell '18 and a 44-yard TD pass that was caught by Penn State-bound tight end Pat Freiermuth '18. New Hampton responded with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but Brooks entered halftime up 21-7.
The second half was a slug-fest at the middle of the field as both teams fought for field position. A touchdown by New Hampton late in the third quarter tightened the Brooks lead to 24-14, but that margin would hold until the clock ran out.
"After our last regular season game we weren't sure if we would get selected for a bowl game, so that made it so much more exciting to get that call," said Foley. "The team really took advantage of getting another week. We wanted to make sure that we enjoyed the week, but you could tell early on how focused they were on making the most of the opportunity. There is no better feeling than winning your last game."