By MICHAEL ALPERT
For the AJC
Zach Moon threw three touchdown passes, and Jamaal Cole ran for two scores and caught a pass for another as Brookwood scored 31 consecutive points and beat visiting South Gwinnett 59-21 in a Region 8-AAAAA game.
Brookwood’s second consecutive victory over its Snellville counterpart upped its stranglehold on the teams’ series to 24-4 dating back to 1982. Importantly, it was a third consecutive win for the defending state champion Broncos (4-2, 3-1) after a 1-2 start and kept them in contention to repeat as region champions.
Combined with their 56-14 victory over Central Gwinnett, the Broncos have scored 115 points in their last two outings.
“We talk about winning and controlling your own fate and not waiting on somebody else to beat someone else,” Broncos coach Mark Crews said of his team righting its slow start. “At this point, every game is an important one.”
Moon broke open a 14-14 tie with a 15-yard scoring pass to B.J. Sammon 1:27 before intermission. And after Brandon Morrow’s 44-yard field goal put the Broncos up 24-14, Moon passed 38 yards to Michael Gouge for a 31-14 lead. Cole’s 7- and 37-yard runs gave the Broncos ample cushion, 45-14, though D.J. Brown’s 65-yard interception return and Josh Brown’s 17 yard run in the late moments provided the final margin.
South, which last beat Brookwood 17-14 in 2009, got two touchdown passes Friday from Jordan Ramey and a Spencer Williams’ 22-yard scoring run. However, the Comets (1-5, 1-3) failed to halt Brookwood’s prominent running back tandem of Cole and Nick Tompkins, who also ran for a touchdown.
“You’ve got to get them corralled and gang tackle them,” Comets coach John Small said. “You’ve got to get a lot of hats on those two.”
South fumbled on the game’s second play, precipitating Brookwood’s 7-0 lead on Tompkins’ 1-yard run six plays later. South recovered Brookwood’s fumbled punt reception and needed only three plays to tie 7-7 on Travon Davis’ 17-yard reception from Ramey with 28 seconds left in the first quarter. Cole put Brookwood up 14-7 with a 17 yard run 9:45 before intermission, but L.J. Gainey’s 14-yard catch for South made it 14-14.