Staff Photo: John Bohn Brookwood fullback Ty Alston (22) attempts to catch a pass while covered closely by Lassiter defensive back Cameron Flores (27) during the second game of the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome on Saturday.
ATLANTA -- The last time Brookwood was in the Georgia Dome, the Broncos were celebrating their Class AAAAA state championship win.
It was a different feeling after Saturday's Corky Kell Classic.
Lassiter scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat Brookwood 14-6.
"We didn't play very well on offense and we gave them too many chances," Brookwood head coach Mark Crews said. "We moved the ball up and down the field in between the 30s, but you don't get any points for getting to the 30-yard line."
The Broncos won last year's state title with a 52-38 victory over Colquitt County, which is the state's highest scoring state finals. In Saturday's game, points were at a premium.
"Our team has to mature, they have to grow up a little bit," Crews said. "They think because they won the state championship last year that everyone is going to roll over and play dead. That's the opposite. Everyone is going to play their butts off because it's against what they perceive to be a good football team. We've got to grow up a little bit and play up to our reputation."
Brookwood has lost four of the last five Corky Kell Classic games, which celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday. The Broncos are 11-9 all-time in the annual kickoff classic.
Brookwood won its final 12 games of the season last year to win the state title. The Broncos were ranked No. 1 in the preseason Class AAAAA pole and gained interest in some national polls, but will drop after the loss.
"I don't think a lot of people gave us much of a shot coming in here. We believed," Lassiter head coach Jep Irwin said. "We knew we weren't playing the state champs, we're playing Brookwood, which is still a great team and great program. It's a new year. They're a different team, we're a different team."
Brookwood's B.J. Sammon had a 23-yard run down the left sideline on an end around and Lassiter tacked on a late hit to put the Broncos in scoring position in the second quarter. Nick Tompkins took care of the rest, carrying the ball four straight times before he scored on a one-yard run. The extra point failed and Brookwood led 6-0 with 5:41 before the half.
Tompkins, a Michigan State commitment, finished with 83 yards rushing on 18 carries. It was well off his 142-yard and 123-yard performances in last year's state finals and Corky Kell, respectively.
"I think we took over as the game went on, especially defensively. We were able to stop the run," Irwin said.
Tompkins continued his strong running in the second half, breaking off gains of 14 and 11 yards. Then the offense sputtered with two sacks and an incomplete pass on fourth down.
Josh Brown intercepted Eddie Printz's pass, but the Brookwood offense still struggled with two plays for negative gains.
"In the early season, a lot of times you shoot yourself in the foot. I feel like that's what we did today," Crews said. "Not to take anything away from them. They played great, they played hard. We put our defense out of the field too much because we couldn't drive the football in typical fashion the way we like to."
Brookwood managed two first downs the rest of the game, while the Lassiter offense began to click.
After N.C. State commitment Charlie Hegedus dropped a wide open touchdown from Printz in the third quarter, Printz hit Juwan Dickey for a 42-yard score.
Printz, one of the state's top junior quarterbacks, finished the game 12 of 21 for 144 yards.
Lassiter added its second score with a four-yard run from Isiah Hillis with 5:16 left in the game to put the Trojans ahead 14-6.
Brookwood's Zach Moon completed a 25-yard pass to Chandler Price on fourth down. The first-year QB threw four straight incomplete passes afterwards to end Brookwood's comeback. Moon finished 7 of 18 for 78 yards with four sacks.
"He struggled a little bit. It's big boy football out there," Crews said. "He's got to grow up a little bit and make some reads. All-in-all, I think for his debut he showed some potential."