Grayson 14, Brookwood 7


For the AJC

In a defensive struggle for the Region 8-AAAAA championship Friday night, Grayson got precisely the defensive play it needed — just in time.

Kasey Gaines intercepted a pass and returned it 15 yards for the winning touchdown with 27 seconds left to lift the Rams over visiting Brookwood, 14-7. The interception occurred when Broncos quarterback Zack Moon was flushed from the pocket and attempted a shovel pass near the sideline.

The Rams’ third win in their last four tries against the Broncos gave them a third region championship in the last four years and relegated defending state champion Brookwood likely to the third playoff seed in region, behind Dacula. Still, the unbeaten Rams, ranked No. 2 in Georgia and No. 5 by USA Today, haven’t lost a regular-season home game since 2006 and continue to allow opponents only a touchdown a game.

“Winning is winning,” Grayson coach Mickey Conn said of now five of the teams’ last six meetings being determined by 10 or fewer points. “I feel we’re where we need to be. I feel good about this program.”

Brookwood tied 7-7 when Moon passed 21 yards to Michael Gouge with 4:43 left in the third quarter. The Broncos had opportunity to add to that after holding special-purpose running back Robert Nkemdiche’s attempt on fourth-and-1 at Grayson’s 37-yard line with 5:28 to play, but wound up punting. The Broncos also missed an opportunity with 59 seconds left in the third quarter, when Brandon Morrow’s 39-yard field goal attempt sailed wide.

It was the defensive struggle many anticipated, not unlike Brookwood’s 10-0 win last season, when the Broncos limited the Rams to just 89 yards of offense. This time, offense was similarly hard to come by, particularly during intermittent rain, as Grayson (9-0, 7-0) gained just 223 and Brookwood (6-3, 5-2) only 184.

Grayson had the ball nearly three times longer than Brookwood in the first half, but had only a 7-0 lead to show for it. Nkemdiche capped the Rams’ opening 14-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown run with 4:18 left in the first quarter. Grayson nearly scored again as the half ended, but couldn’t get off a 23-yard field goal attempt as the half expired.

“(Grayson wins) the right way,” Brookwood coach Mark Crews said. “They play great defense and keep away with the football.”

23 comments Add your comment


October 29th, 2011
2:50 am

Guess we found out where the broncos were …… In the L column

Max Sizemore

October 29th, 2011
8:15 am

So what was Mark doing, throwing the ball deep in his own territory that late in the game?

Mary Ski

October 29th, 2011
8:32 am

YEA……………………love to see the “B” school in the loss column…..Congrats Grayson…Coach Conn…an ole COMET knows how to get it done….


October 29th, 2011
9:16 am

Well the superstars at Brookwood find themselves in 3rd place. Crews relies on his superstars when he has a lot of talent on the sidelines. Whats the point of having 80 players when you only let 20 of the play. Loosing is humbling. It takes that head right out of the clouds.

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October 29th, 2011
9:39 am

Losing this game may be the catalyst to send Brookwood deep into the playoffs,. I am a Camden County fan, and several years ago we lost 2 games to very good teams during the season, but when the playoffs started, we ran the table with relative ease. Watch out for the wounded broncos, they could come out with a renewed sense of drive. Too bad Camden will still win it all!


October 29th, 2011
9:49 am

Well hehe,Mary and Jeremy,your jealousy just goes to prove what the Legacy at Brookwood Is all about.A consistent winning program does that to other schools jealous fans.Who won the state championship In 5A last year? Hurts bad doesn’t It…congrats to Grayson…I like them too, but The Brookwood boys may see them again soon….

Alan F

October 29th, 2011
10:04 am

Glad Grayon won but what a great game played by both teams. Definitely an ill advised play by the Brookwood QB but one that he will learn from.

A.B. Normal

October 29th, 2011
10:18 am

Good football game played by 2 teams with a lot of class. These programs are what all schools should strive for.

Taylor K

October 29th, 2011
11:48 am

Where are you now Brookwood?

Col dont quit

October 29th, 2011
1:28 pm

Grayson and its fans have no right to talk any smack after that poor performance last night. Grayson should have nailed the coffin shut on Brookwood last night and they did no such thing. Cannot see this hyped up team taking it too much further this year.

I have relatives that live in the Grayson area and they say the community show of support is just that – just show. My sister in law will even admitted that the Brookwood video is a true testament to who they are – true champs all around.

Grayson can claim only a small win last night, but that is about it. Very sore winners on this blog! Enjoy your limited claim to fame.

PS col dont quit

Grayson: Green w/ Envy

October 29th, 2011
3:15 pm

“Guess we found out where the broncos were”

“Where are you now Brookwood?”

LMAO … I really wouldn’t take those silly lyrics and continue to puke them out ad naseum. They make absolutely no sense in your video and they certainly don’t apply now since you didn’t “step your game up” to win BIG! It ain’t easy being Green! :)


October 29th, 2011
4:48 pm

i was at the game last night and the coaching by grayson has alot to be desired…especially after the first quarter.

the end of the second was total jv and the screen read was a joke, to be grayson, just watch that game…unless grayson runs off left side, they got nothing and if the super star robert comes in, just laod the box,,,the grayson qb cant throw deep at all…

they also have no kicking game.

all this and I was pulling for grayson…grayson got out coached period,,,,


October 29th, 2011
7:42 pm

Looks like Grayson stepped their game up ;)


October 29th, 2011
7:58 pm

If Grayson and Brookwood meet again in the playoffs I’m taking Brookwood! The Brookwood QB was trying to make a play, he’s not responsible for losing the game! :-)


October 29th, 2011
11:24 pm

Camden74 – playing calling a factor. I would have tried to run out the clock after the holding penalty made it 1st and 20 with 1:30 left with 1 time out for Brookwood on their own 14. The QB had a very good game until then, and all of a sudden, that one moment cost the team’s chances for OT.


October 29th, 2011
11:54 pm

Col Dont Quit: Shut up. That was the dumbest remark i have ever seen on this blog. It was a tight defensive battle both ways. EVERYONE though it would go to OT. God had other plans.


October 31st, 2011
10:49 am

I am a Grayson fan, but I was not very impressed with how they played Friday night, it could have went either way…..I have to say that Brookwood’s defense is good…..

And about that the Brookwood video, I couldn’t understand a word those boys were saying. Was it English?


November 1st, 2011
1:00 pm

@Camden74; you do blow the game by making that type of play take the sack and punt. dont throw an int for a touchdown. ‘com on man

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