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Broncos use traditional style to roll past Comets

SNELLVILLE - The newest street running by Brookwood is now called "Dave Hunter Way," and the school's football team did it Dave Hunter's way on Friday night.

Using a traditional power running game, the Broncos rolled past visiting South Gwinnett 45-8 on a night when their athletic facilities were named in honor of Hunter, Brookwood's longtime athletic director and football coach from 1987 to 2001.

Brookwood rushed 31 times for 181 yards - led by Demetre Ledlum's 127 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries - and met little resistance from South in the Region 8-AAAAA clash. Of the hosts' five offensive scoring drives, none lasted longer than six plays thanks to the defense providing good field position.

The win made the night even better for Hunter, who had the athletic complex and the street named in his honor. He also learned of a proclamation by Snellville mayor Jerry Oberholtzer that Friday was "Dave Hunter Day."

And the Broncos' football team did it his way.

"Everything that (Hunter's) done around here, it's a well-deserved honor," said current Brookwood head coach Mark Crews, a longtime assistant to Hunter. "He's always been supportive of me. I guess probably you could say it was his kind of game, we just kind of ground it out and stuffed it at them.

"He's done so much for Gwinnett County and done so much for our program when he was a coach and after. I can't say enough about how deserving the honor is that he received from the

community."

A fourth-down stop by David Kelley on South's first drive set the tone for the Broncos (5-2, 4-0). Six plays later, Ledlum scored on a 4-yard TD run.

Ledlum then had a 46-yard punt return to set up Daniel Peek's 5-yard scoring run before the Bronco defense forced a three-and-out. It took just one play for Ledlum to make it 21-0, racing through a gaping hole for 39-yard TD run.

Zach Simmons made a 44-yard field goal as time expired in the half for a 24-0 lead.

South (1-6, 0-4) fell behind 45-0 in the third quarter, which started with an 18-yard TD run from Ledlum and was followed by a 19-yard TD pass from Peek to Josh Jackson. Jared Reine then blocked a South punt and recovered it in the end zone to close out the Broncos' scoring.

Buddy Jones had an interception for the Brookwood defense, while Andrew Geschke (one sack, one tackle for loss) and David Kelley (two tackles for losses) also played well.

The Comets didn't do much on the ground, rushing 35 times for 98 yards, although David Johaningmeier threw for 127 yards on 10 of 15 attempts. Most of his yards came late, including an 18-yard TD pass to Dejuan Martin with 2:20 remaining.

By then, the outcome was decided and the Brookwood fans that didn't head home went to a post-game celebration for Hunter.

Many of the longtime coach's former players were on the field for the halftime ceremony, as well as Hunter's family, friends and several Bronco boosters.

"First of all I wanted to win the game and we did, I thought we played really well," said Hunter, who is retiring as athletic director in December. "It was a nice tribute. I was very honored. We had a lot of former players here, lots of boosters, several former coaches that I've worked with and my whole family was here. It was just a nice thing. It was a real honor."