AA blog: Brooks County, Freeman rolling in the face of adversity

Maurice Freeman is coach of the Brooks County Trojans, ranked No. 8 and hailing from Region 1-AA. He is – at least with the media – a man of few words.

Is Brooks County a state title contender?

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“Everything,” Freeman said after being asked what his team still has to work on at this point in the season.

“Ourselves,” his response to the biggest obstacles in the Trojans’ way of the No. 1 seed.

The Trojans are 6-1 overall and at 3-0 in 1-AA, are the lone undefeated team in the region. On Friday, they knocked off perhaps their biggest challenge in the region, beating Fitzgerald, 39-21, on the road.

It’s easy to understand Freeman’s guarded approach to the media. A little more than a month before the season began, he and his program endured everyone’s nightmare when a car wreck took the lives of three football players. The wreck occurred near the school, which is located in south Georgia 17 miles west of Valdosta and just 10 miles north of the Georgia-Florida border. The players were on their way to morning practice.

Despite the tragedy, Freeman believes there are no excuses for losing on the football field.

“We’re just like everyone else,” Freeman said. “It’s just like someone losing a kid to a torn ACL. You can’t cry about it. You’ve got to be ready to play and we’ve done a good job of that. We continue to function.”

Of course Freeman’s not comparing the tragedy to tearing an ACL. But his point is valid – opponents aren’t going to cut the Trojans any slack. Opponents will try to beat them just the same, and it’s the Trojans who’ll have to overcome.

The good news for Brooks County is it has. De’Vron Whitfield – the lone survivor of the crash – is not only fully recovered, but a key component to the run game. The Trojans’ success thus far can largely be contributed to the talents of University of Georgia commitment Malkom Parrish, who plays quarterback and cornerback. Last Friday, Parrish was the difference against Fitzgerald, throwing for three touchdowns and returning an interception for a touchdown on defense in what Freeman believes permanently turned the game in Brooks County’s favor.

Brooks County has three region games left before an inevitable sixth consecutive trip to the playoffs. That would make Freeman 6-for-6 in taking the Trojans to the postseason. They finished 3-7 in 2007, the year before Freeman arrived. Two of Brooks County’s final three games are against teams winless in 1-AA, Pelham next week and Berrien to close out the season. Cook – who is fighting for a top four finish and playoff seed – is sandwiched between.

It’s very possible Brooks County will run the table – the Trojans outscored their final three opponents 120-41 last season – and win the region for a second year in a row and third time in Freeman’s tenure. From there, it’s onto the playoffs, where the Trojans have advanced five consecutive seasons, including the quarterfinals last year and semifinals in 2008.

How does Brooks County match up against the rest of the state?

“I don’t know,” Freeman said. “I’m only concerned about the next game.”

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23 comments Add your comment

the champ is here!

October 15th, 2013
9:46 am

Don’t think brooks have a chance at a state title..there not what they were last year and calhoun beat them 49 to 14..JMO

Trojan4life

October 15th, 2013
12:07 pm

Pls we are still one of the teams to beat to get to the title game Calhoun isn’t what they were last year so who is title contender worthy… Just because we lost 3 players to a tragedy watch how we stand up this year… By the way the brackets are in tomorrow favor take a look at them we own AA FOOTBALL region 1 is the best hands down….

Trojan4life

October 15th, 2013
12:07 pm

Pls we are still one of the teams to beat to get to the title game Calhoun isn’t what they were last year so who is title contender worthy… Just because we lost 3 players to a tragedy watch how we stand up this year… By the way the brackets are in our favor take a look at them we own AA FOOTBALL region 1 is the best hands down….

Titletown USA

October 15th, 2013
1:31 pm

A coach that knows how to get the best out the player athletes he has, I wish Valdosta would consider someone like this guy who knows how to motivate today’s athletes.

the champ is here!

October 15th, 2013
2:02 pm

Brooks can’t handle calhoun..bring that hammer back to calhoun and watch us break it again…tough regions do mean jack!!!! Win in the playoffs gets you a chance for ’ships….

the champ is here!

October 15th, 2013
2:04 pm

Don’t mean jack!!!!

the champ is here!

October 15th, 2013
2:07 pm

Brooks will be lucky to make 3rd round!!!!

FMFHM

October 15th, 2013
3:25 pm

@THECHAMPISHERE! pls find another blog to comment on. Brooks County is a mighty fine program loaded with lots of talent. This team is not focused on Calhoun. They are focused on winning the next game. So please grow up and let the boys play!

the champ is here!

October 15th, 2013
4:36 pm

So your saying brooks don’t owe calhoun anymore? Check out coach L Thomas “bring that hammer”on you tube then tell me brooks ain’t focused on calhoun….I quote “calhoun we owe you” ….

Trojan4life

October 15th, 2013
4:41 pm

@the hampishere pls saw y’all play a talented Carrollton program and what did you guys do not a thing Taylor Lamb is not there anymore. BTW I knew you was slow go to http://www.ghsa.net and go to the resources link and you’ll see you guys are on the other side of the brackets this year that why I said go look at the bracket we ain’t worried about nothing but Pelham which is the next game. So tell that coach of y’all to go recruit another QB and y’all might get out the 2nd round…

the champ is here!

October 15th, 2013
5:01 pm

Yeah there #6 in state in all classifactions..so you think brooks could beat them? I think not..btw if ya’ll make it to the semi’s we could meet up so you still wouldn’t make to the dome..point is ya’ll are a running team that don’t win champonships..to win you need to be balanced…and you ain’t..

the champ is here!

October 15th, 2013
5:03 pm

Look at the brackets yourself…your the slow one…put the pipe down and back away!!!!!!

BigDave

October 15th, 2013
5:44 pm

Calhoun will be in the State Championship game once again.

Trojan4life

October 15th, 2013
8:12 pm

Are you serious you guys are region 7 but here’s the link you feel I the blanks http://www.ghsa.net/2013-2014-ghsa-class-aa-state-football-championship-bracket…. See Calhoun in the dome if that piece of crap team makes it but hey better hope that QB don’t choke….

the champ is here!

October 15th, 2013
8:58 pm

You didn’t answer my ? Could brooks beat carrolton? Only way y’all will see the state championship game is on gpb….

Trojan4life

October 15th, 2013
9:30 pm

Oh I just forgot to answer you darn skippy we would beat them in a close one……

CoffeeC100

October 16th, 2013
2:02 am

Brooks has Angels on the field. When individuals that badmouth s Brooks afterr what they have endured are without class. Tasteless, ignorant, and rude beyond believe. Move to Texas and put up a Don’t mess with Texas sticker of every stop sign so I can detest you even more.

CoffeeC100

October 16th, 2013
2:04 am

See! You disgust me so I can’t even type.

the champ is here!

October 16th, 2013
5:08 am

You wound have beat them in a close one? Well what happend at valdosta…this has nothing too do with the accident of the 3 players!!!!!@coffec100….nobody cares what you think!!!!this has to do with can they win a championship…NO THEY CAN NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jefferson

October 16th, 2013
6:48 am

Calhoun is #1 or #2 just like how have been for the last 5 years. Brooks is not a factor, nor have they been in the big picture. Their coach sounds like a nice fellow, respected by his community and peers, he just needs to end the lame hammer dance and pull the starters when the are getting drilled and the clock is running, the frustration leads to fights – this comes back to him, not the players.

Their pre season loss is tragic and it is a terrible thing for a team to have to endure and they are doing well considering everything.

Trojans4life

October 16th, 2013
3:02 pm

You can’t be serious ok we can’t win a championship well we are 1 for 1 in state title games. Man we been powerhouses in AA just haven’t made it to the title game since 1994. So y’all Yellow Jackets it’s nothing you guys your town have a problem with the Trojans why because we are a force to be reckon with. And that Valdosta game we put 21 up despite the turnovers that’s what costed us the game what happen when y’all played them Trojans from Carrollton couldn’t even put up points… See y’alll in the playoffs…

Jefferson

October 16th, 2013
6:10 pm

The final 4 is the big picture.

FMFHM

October 17th, 2013
9:21 am

GO TROJANS! C/O 09!