Brooks County has its work cut out

In state football championships, Valdosta leads Brooks County, 21-1.

In region championships, 35-5.

In head-to-head matchups, 6-0.

So what does comparatively tiny Class AA Brooks have to lose by traveling Friday to face AAAAAA juggernaut Valdosta?

Nothing.

“You’ve got to have your chin strap on, your jock strap tight, and your whits about you,” Brooks coach Maurice Freeman said of playing in a place nicknamed Winnersville just 22 miles up the road. “Valdosta is the big dog. If there’s a program you want to be like, it’s Valdosta. You can’t get anything but better by playing a team like that. You’ll find out what’s good about your program and what’s bad about it.

“If you’re going to be a great football team,” he added, “you have to play great football teams and beat great football teams like Valdosta’s.”

Freeman said scheduling the ninth-ranked Wildcats (1-0) for his third-ranked Trojans (2-0) came somewhat of necessity. There simply weren’t many small schools nearby, prior to Brooks embarking on its slate of six Region 1-AA games beginning on Sept. 28. Along with opponents one and four — Class A Clinch County and Mitchell County — he booked AAAA Monroe in Week 2 and the Wildcats this week.

Freeman, Brooks’ coach of four seasons in the mid-1990s and now another five, said he believes in challenging his players. He even developed a rap song named by the team’s slogan, “Bring the Hammer,” in which he mentioned several opponents, though he said not derogatorily. To his surprise, in a good way, the song has everyone riled up.

“The intention was to inspire my own team, not call anyone else out,” he said.

The Trojans come in led by the pass-catch combination of Malcolm Parrish and Deric Herring. In last week’s 21-18 win over Monroe, Parrish threw for 217 of his 523 yards, including the winning, 55-yard touchdown to Herring in the final minute. Herring, a wide receiver, has six TD receptions.

Valdosta comes in after beating North Augusta (S.C.) 28-7 with 140 rushing yards from Nelson Herring and 135 from Malcolm Joseph, as well as 104 passing yards from Shelby Wilkes. The Wildcats blew open a 7-0 lead with three second-half touchdowns.

But Friday, despite the odds, Brooks hopes to break through against a team it’s never come within a touchdown of beating.

Interestingly, though, Freeman likes Valdosta. He even gets hair cuts there.

“It might not be a good week for me to go over there, though,” he joked. “They might give me a bad one this week.”

14 comments Add your comment

5-Time

September 6th, 2012
6:56 am

Last year, Brooks Co. had Valdosta on the ropes. This year, expect Valdosta to win BIG!! Trust me, they’re coming to win, but it just ain’t happening!! No bringing the hammer this year….

WildcatFan

September 6th, 2012
8:00 am

Valdosta has 23 state titles.

texas red

September 6th, 2012
8:28 am

And what in the world does the writer think a “whit” is? It’s your wits, man, your wits!

shankit

September 6th, 2012
9:03 am

WildcatFan: Valdosta has 23 Georgia state titles,
and two Alabama and one Florida state title.
Beat Bessemer and Robert E. Lee from Alabama,
who finished Alabama state champs, only loss to Valdosta,
and Leon High, who finished Florida state champ, only
loss to Valdosta. So, we claim a couple of Alabama and
one Florida state championship in addition to our 23 Georgia
state championships.

Oldschool Hawg

September 6th, 2012
9:44 am

Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah….living in the past. BROOKS county bring the hammer and shut their mouths!

reggaeman

September 7th, 2012
12:02 pm

I agree this year game want be close. Our offense is to good, especially the o-line where it all begins. I also expect our defense to have a field day in their backfield. 35-7 Cats victory

mg5612

September 7th, 2012
3:18 pm

Cudo’s to Brooks County and Valdosta from Calhoun. I totally agree with what both coaches are doing by stayin off the “cupcake diet” and playing some real competition. Both teams benefit from competition like this, no matter who wins or loses. Good luck to both teams tonight.

j

September 7th, 2012
10:38 pm

… Brooks County won!!! Congrats to Coach Freeman and staff. What would Walt Bazemore say? Remember the Quitman 10+2…

QTown Dawg

September 7th, 2012
11:09 pm

What an upset!!! AA beat a AAAAAA SCHOOL! BC Trojan Class of 79!!!!

QTown Dawg

September 7th, 2012
11:10 pm

Did someone say it will not be close?

Gridiron

September 7th, 2012
11:11 pm

Congrats to Brooks Co., great game!!!

Trojans85

September 8th, 2012
12:31 am

Trojans did “BRING THE HAMMER” on Wildcats!

Trojan96

September 8th, 2012
12:33 pm

Don’t under estimate BC Trojans!!! We’ve got some talented kids, and some talented coaches!

Washington Wilkes Tiger for LIFE!

September 8th, 2012
4:23 pm

I have the most respect for Valdosta and their past championships, but Lowndes County is a beast! Great Win Brooks County!