Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Peachtree Ridge quarterback Nick Lombardo breaks through tackles for a 22-yard touchdown run in the second half of Friday's game against Brookwood.
SUWANEE -- Peachtree Ridge offensive lineman Trevor McBurnett chowed down on his fourth hot dog after the Lions' second round playoff win on Friday.
That was after he and his offensive line mates paved the way for a big scoring drive.
Peachtree Ridge secured a 21-6 win over Brookwood with a seven-play, 81-yard scoring drive on all runs to put the Lions in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA playoffs.
"We just got the killer instinct and started driving and running on them," McBurnett said. "We knew we had to score and wanted to put another one on the board, so we just ran all over them. That's what we wanted to do, just run."
Peachtree Ridge, the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAAA will play at Region 1-AAAAA champion Northside-Warner Robins Friday in the quarterfinals.
The War Eagles defeated Union Grove 21-10 in the second round on Friday.
Peachtree Ridge led 14-6 in the fourth quarter, but a snap over the punter's head gave Brookwood the ball at the 23.
Twan Sandridge sacked Brookwood quarterback Ben McLane and the Lions stopped the Broncos on fourth down.
"I was really proud of them for answering that," Peachtree Ridge coach Bill Ballard said. "We call that sudden change. That's one of our goals in the office, no touchdowns after sudden change and they answered the bell right there. That was big."
"That kind of put the game away I think," Brookwood head coach Mark Crews said. "We needed to convert in that situation and we didn't."
Peachtree Ridge responded with its scoring drive to secure the game. Nick Lombardo and Chris Sawdey alternated big runs for the Lions before Lombardo scored on a 22-yard scamper with 7:02 left in the game.
"We knew we had to take control of the game, run down the clock and just control the game," McBurnett said.
Peachtree Ridge's offensive line of McBurnett, Jordan Boatright, Alex Jauregui, Austin Louchart and Jon-Jon Pratt led the way for 216 yards rushing. Lombardo was the game's leading rusher with 85 yards.
"Our offensive line played great tonight and they stepped it up," said the senior QB, who 11 of 11 passing for 113 yards. "Our receivers played great and the yards after catch was big tonight."
Brookwood (6-6) upset unbeaten McEachern in the first round to reach the second round of the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.
Peachtree Ridge (10-2) survived six fumbles, including three lost, in its first round 14-7 win over Kell last week. Fumbles plagued the Lions again with five on Friday, but only one was lost and it was a costly one.
Sawdey fumbled the ball at midfield and Zeke Brown scooped it up for a 46-yard touchdown. After the failed PAT the Broncos led 6-0 with 5:59 left in the first quarter. Brown also had five tackles. Cameron Lynch led the defense with 10 tackles and Keenan Harp had nine, including two for losses.
Peachtree Ridge came right back with a 69-yard drive. Lombardo had a 21-yard run and then a 20-yard pass to Brandon Stanley at the three. Stanley walked in the end zone and the PAT gave the Lions a 7-6 before the end of the first quarter.
"That happens to us a lot," Lombardo said of the fumble for a touchdown. "We give up a quick touchdown and we're pretty good going against adversity and coming back."
Brookwood managed four first downs the entire game. McLane was sacked six times and was 2 of 15 for 16 yards passing. Sandridge had 31/12 sacks and five tackles. Dubem Nwadiogbu and Brad Roby had five stops each.
"We really had a hard time moving the ball against their defense, which traditionally that's kind of their thing," Crews said. "We really struggled trying to run and when we tried to throw it we didn't have time enough to get the ball off because the rush was up in our face."
McLane's second sack by Tyler Botts and Sandridge helped set up the Lions' second score.
Lombardo had a 42-yard pass to Roby and then Roby, a Vanderbilt commitment, had a 26-yard run on a reverse. That set up Stanley's 14-yard TD run that was sprung by receiver B.J. Mitchell's block on the outside, giving the Lions a 14-6 lead at halftime.
Peachtree Ridge put it on the offensive line in the second half and the big guys paved the way to a third-round playoff game.
"The linemen did a really good job," Ballard said.
"They came off the ball hard and I'm really, really proud of them."