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It’s always tough to replace a legend.
Brookwood coach Mark Crews has performed admirably in succeeding his mentor, the legendary Dave Hunter. In eight years as head coach of the Snellville school, Crews has guided the Broncos into the state playoffs every season.
Last year, Brookwood sent shockwaves around Georgia by knocking off previously undefeated McEachern in the playoff opener.
What about this year? Will it be nine years in a row under Crews?
Things are looking good for Brookwood as they return a top candidate for the best “player” — not college prospect — in Georgia. That would be Andre Sims, the 5-foot-8 missile who can score from anywhere on the field. Last season, Sims had 57 catches for 921 and 9 touchdowns. He also starts at defensive back. Sims has committed to Michigan State. His biggest value to the Broncos is leadership.
Here are some of Brookwood’s other top players:
What about this spring? Crews needs a few good men along the defensive front, and will be determining whether Nick Tompkins will be the No. 1 tailback. The 5-8, 175-pound Tompkins started at DB last year as a sophomore.
Team: Brookwood Broncos
Spring Game: Public scrimmages on May 12 and May 21.
Spring practice dates: Until May 21
Last year’s record: 6-6
Starters lost: 11
Head coach: Mark Crews
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