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Football - Sat, Sep. 22, 2012
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LAKE WALES, Fla. - Senior quarterback Mike Brinkley completed only 14 passes for 223 yards, but it was enough to make him the all-time leading passer in Union football history as the Bulldogs defeated host Webber International (Fla.) 10-7 on Saturday.

The Anthony, Fla., native was able to put his name once more in Bulldog record book while visiting his home state as he now has compiled 7,906 career passing yards. Brinkley surpasses Joey Water's mark of 7,880.

Brinkley already owns the school records for most passing touchdowns in a game (six), season (32) and career (83).

The Bulldogs (2-2 overall) also registered a rare feat for them in recent history: back-to-back road wins. Both victories this season have come on the road; something that has not happened since the 2008 campaign.

Union outgained Webber 342-153 in total offense but had to come from behind to collect the win.

The Warriors (0-4 overall) drew first blood when Larry Gaskins scored on a 13-yard run. The scoring play was set up by a 61-yard pass to Kody Sallis as Webber's scoring drive covered 74 yards in two plays. After the PAT, Webber held a 7-0 advantage with 34 seconds left in the first quarter.

Despite the 61-yard pass play, Webber finished with only 87 yards passing for the game.

The Bulldogs had several chances to score in the second quarter as they got the ball in the red zone three times but came up empty each time. On these three trips, Union missed a 27-yard field goal, had a pass intercepted in the end zone and turned the ball over on downs to end the half as Webber led 7-0 at the break.

Union finally scored on a 22-yard Jared Miller field goal with 4:47 remaining in the third.

On the ensuing kickoff, Cole Vires forced and recovered a fumble to give Union the ball on the Webber 35. On the very next play, Brinkley hit Domonique Jefferson for a 35-yard scoring strike. Miller added the PAT, and the Bulldogs then led 10-7 with 4:32 to go in the third.

The rest of the game, the Bulldog defense held strong as the Warriors failed to cross midfield.

Brinkley completed 14-of-25 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown, and Rob Brown rushed for 92 yards on a 25 carries. Ten different receivers caught at least one pass with Jefferson leading the way with three receptions for 75 yards and a score.

Defensively, Zach Eagler led the way with eight total tackles, while Mike Beard had three tackles - all of them sacks.

Union returns home next week to host Bluefield (Va.). Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.