Alas, Brooks County football players accomplished what their predecessors couldn’t.
With Friday night’s 43-14 Region 1-AA win over Berrien, the Trojans completed their school’s first 10-0 regular season, taking a step beyond the 9-1 effort of 2008, when this year’s Trojans were in middle school.
Next comes the now nine-time region champions’ attempt to exceed that year’s semifinals playoff appearance and duplicate the school’s state championship of 1994.
Here are other newsworthy bits from Friday:
– Talk about turnarounds: Coosa, the 7-AA team that languished with an 0-5 start this season, completed a 4-1 second half of the year to squeak into the postseason as that region’s fourth seed. Denver Penney’s three touchdown passes and running back Dequaylon Dennis’ three scores capped off the decisive 41-14 victory over Murray County, according to the Rome News-Tribune.
– Can anyone stop Calhoun?: With a 49-14 demolition of Chattooga, the defending AA champion Yellow Jackets have won 25 straight since losing the 2010 state championship. Remarkably, the top-ranked Jackets are 65-5 in their run toward at least a fifth straight championship game appearance.
– Lovett keeps hanging around: The No. 10 Lions, who remained ranked despite four consecutive losses in the middle of the season, further proved their resilience by winning a fourth straight and clinching the 6-AA championship with a 31-30 victory over Greater Atlanta Christian. The Lions overcame a 17-7 deficit with 17 straight points and clinched the victory by blocking an extra-point kick late.
– Model’s back in the dance: The 7-AA Blue Devils (6-4) are in the playoffs for the first time since finishing 5-6 in 2003 and are riding their first winning season since going 6-4 in 1999. “This is a no-fear team,” Devils coach Gordon Powers told the News-Tribune following Friday’s 41-21 defeat of Dade County. “It’s good to see some validation of what we’re doing.”
– Seems Jefferson’s picking up steam: With Friday’s 42-7 win over Union County, their ninth straight, the 8-AA champion Dragons now have held six straight opponents to 10 or fewer points. That 22-7 season-opening loss to Commerce seems distant, now that the No. 9 Dragons have outscored their last six foes 42-5 on average.