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Brookwood Broncos 2011 Football Preview

Brookwood Broncos 2011 Preview

Mascot: Broncos, Coach: Mark Crews (89-25 at Brookwood, 89-25 overall) Region: 8-AAAAA Last playoff appearance: 2010

Offense

Brookwood rarely wavers from its run-heavy offense, but the past few seasons has seen the passing game used more substantially with veteran starting quarterback Ben McLane, now at Georgia State. He threw for a school-record 2,346 yards with 17 touchdowns last season.

Zach Moon, last year's backup QB, has stepped up as the starter ahead of sophomore Joey McLane (Ben's brother) this summer. But the guys returning around him should take some of the pressure off.

The Broncos will rely on tailbacks Nick Tompkins (pictured) and Jamaal Cole as the go-to guys in the run-oriented offense. Neither back is huge, but both are quick, fast and proven in Class AAAAA football.

Tompkins rushed for 1,890 yards and 22 TDs last season as Brookwood won its first state championship since 1996, but he also played heavy snaps on defense. That led to him sharing the tailback load with then-sophomore Cole, who rushed for 1,146 yards and 18 scores for the state champs.

"Both of those guys are unselfish," Brookwood head coach Mark Crews said. "You have to have that when they're sharing the position like that. They both put the team above their individual accomplishments."

D.J. Brown, a former Bronco who played at Shiloh last season, and B.J. Sammon are the leaders at wide receiver, where they must replace standouts A.J. Sims and Nathaniel Minor, who now play at Michigan State and Georgia State, respectively.

Michael Gouge returns at tight end alongside returning line starters Jackson Buonamia and Adam Ledford. Dillon Snider, Blake Cunningham, Max Bauguss, Jah-Mai Davidson and Cameron Henson also have played well for the Broncos up front.

Defense

The defense's top two playmakers have graduated, with Daily Post defensive player of the year Cameron Lynch up at Syracuse and standout safety Nick Moore playing minor league baseball for the Boston Red Sox.

That leaves a lot of new faces on the defense.

Safety Zach Jackson (five interceptions last season) leads what should be a stout secondary with Tompkins, Brown, Mill Creek transfer Toby Guinn, Josh Brown, Cole and Sammon all in the rotation.

Connor Hennessey and Eric Mapoles are the leaders at linebacker, while Chris Dancy, Greater Atlanta Christian transfer Ty Alston and Chandler Price also have played well.

Defensive end Ramirez Galbreath heads up the defensive front, while Javier Dyer is the other defensive end. A handful of players will rotate in at the tackle spots, and Buonamia will see heavy action in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

2011 schedule

Aug. 20 Lassiter^

Sept. 2 Collins Hill

Sept. 9 at Dacula

Sept. 16 Archer

Sept. 23 at Central

Sept. 30 South

Oct. 14 at Shiloh

Oct. 21 Parkview

Oct. 28 at Grayson

Nov. 4 Berkmar

2010 results (14-1)

Walton^ W 27-10

at Collins Hill* W 45-38

Dacula L 24-14

at Archer W 37-0

Central W 59-13

at South W 42-21

Shiloh W 44-7

at Parkview W 10-3

Grayson W 10-0

at Berkmar W 45-20

Alpharetta W 44-13

Norcross W 34-24

Hillgrove W 45-35

Collins Hill W 26-7

Colquitt County^ W 52-38

^at Georgia Dome

*2OT

Ten-year run

The 2010 state championship capped a pretty good nine-year run under Crews, a longtime Brookwood assistant who took over for previous coach Dave Hunter in 2002. Crews has an 89-25 record with the Broncos with last year's state title and state runner-up finishes in 2002 and 2005. His 2005 and 2010 teams each won 14 games, sharing the school record for wins in a season.

"It would be neat to win 100 games and go the playoff 10 times (in 10 seasons)," Crews said. "We feel like we've got a good nucleus coming back and our kids have a good bit of confidence. We just have to put our head down, go to work and see how far we can go.

"Everybody talks about the state championship, but we've got to quit polishing our rings from last year. At spring practice, I told them not to wear their rings around. I didn't want to see them. We need to put those in a box on a shelf somewhere and see what we can do in 2011."

Etc.

Brookwood is looking at a trio of players in the kicking game, where top-notch kicker Erick Yang (Michigan State) will be sorely missed. ... Courtesy of their state championship, the Broncos take a 12-game winning streak into this season, but they're a long way from toppling the school record. They won 26 straight games during the 1996-97 seasons, highlighted by the '96 state championship. ... The rarely changing staff added only one new coach, former Brookwood/Valdosta State player P.J. Katz, who will coach the ninth-grade wide receivers and defensive backs.

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Brookwood roster

No. Name Position Grade

Probable starters

Offense

QB Zach Moon (6-2, 172, Jr.)

RB Nick Tompkins (5-10, 177, Sr.)

or Jamaal Cole (5-10, 168, Jr.)

FB Ty Alston (5-8, 215, Sr.)

or Chandler Price (5-9, 215, Jr.)

WR B.J. Sammon (5-7, 148, Sr.)

WR D.J. Brown (5-9, 170, Sr.)

TE Michael Gouge (6-3, 210, Sr.)

OT Jackson Buonamia (6-3, 280, Sr.)

OT Blake Cunningham (6-3, 260, Sr.)

OG Max Bauguss (6-2, 223, Sr.)

OG Adam Ledford (6-4, 220, Jr.)

C Dillon Snider (6-3, 240, Sr.)

PK Brandon Morrow (5-8, 150, Soph.)

and Brandon Schuster (5-9, 155, Sr.)

Defense

DE Ramirez Galbreath (6-1, 225, Sr.)

DE Javier Dyer (6-2, 215, Sr.)

or Shaun McGee (6-3, 230, Jr.)

DT Jah-Mai Davidson (6-4, 260, Sr.)

DT Jackson Buonamia (6-3, 280, Sr.)

or Dillon Snider (6-3, 240, Sr.)

LB Eric Mapoles (6-0, 205, Sr.)

LB Conner Hennessey (5-11, 195, Sr.)

LB Christopher Dancy (5-10, 172, Soph.)

FS Zach Jackson (6-0, 185, Sr.)

SS D.J. Brown (5-9, 170, Sr.)

or Toby Guinn (5-11, 185, Sr.)

CB Josh Brown (5-8, 175, Soph.)

CB Jamaal Cole (5-10, 168, Jr.)

or Nick Tompkins (5-10, 177, Sr.)

P Mitch Hotop (6-1, 180, Jr.)

10 D.J. Brown WR/DB 12

11 Ramirez Galbreath RB/DE 12

12 Joey McLane QB 10

14 Zach Moon QB 11

15 B.J. Sammon WR/DB 12

16 Louis Skinner QB/DB 12

17 Toby Guinn WR/SS 12

18 Shaun McGee TE/DE 11

19 Josh Moore FB/LB 11

20 Barry Brady CB/WR 12

21 Afolabi Laguda WR/DB 11

22 Ty Alston FB/LB 12

23 Jamaal Cole RB/CB 11

24 Javier Dyer TE/DE 12

26 Tommy Brannon WR/CB 12

28 Josh Brown RB/CB 10

29 Luke Houser WR/DB 11

30 Liam Trainor FB/LB 11

31 Gia Cao RB/LB 12

32 Nick Tompkins RB/CB 12

33 Chandler Price FB/DE 11

34 Jayson Bonelli WR/DB 11

35 Kendrick Elmore WR/FS 12

36 Eric Mapoles TE/LB 12

37 Christopher Dancy RB/LB 10

38 Cody Gober RB/DE 11

39 Danny LaMontagne TE/DE 12

40 Ryan Chau TE/DE 12

41 Jordan Owens WR/DB 11

42 David Renard FB/LB 12

43 Xavier Robertson TE/DE 11

44 Taylor Swinwood TE/LB 12

45 Zach Jackson WR/DB 12

46 Keenan Sweeney TE/DE 10

47 Conner Hennessey FB/LB 12

48 Jay Lawson WR/DB 12

49 Michael Gouge TE/DE 12

50 Eric Rawls OL/DE 11

52 James Heslin OG/DE 11

53 Blake Cunningham OL/DT 12

54 Dillon Snider OG/DT 12

56 Sedale Hayden OL/DT 11

57 Suprotik Paul OL/DT 11

58 Jah-Mai Davidson OL/DT 12

59 Dylan Lockwood OL/DT 12

60 Jared Munday OL/DE 11

61 Sebastien Pierre-Lewis OL/DL 11

62 Wills McRee OL/DE 12

64 Gunter Yeagle OL/DT 11

68 Travis Farmer OL/DT 11

70 Omari Yassa OL/DT 11

71 Igwe Onumah OL/DT 12

74 Max Bauguss OL/DE 12

75 Camaran Henson OL/DT 12

76 Adam Ledford DE/OG 11

77 Rene Moz OL/DT 11

78 Jackson Buonamia OL/DT 12

80 Eric Fitz TE/DE 12

81 Terrell Anderson TE/DE 11

82 Jeremy Crane WR/DB 11

83 Nick LaMontagne WR/DB 11

84 Carson Oprysko WR/DB 11

85 Colin Cotter WR/DB 11

86 Drew Goolsby WR/DB 11

87 Garrett Reynolds WR/DB 11

88 Cameron Lockhart WR/DB 11

89 Carter Hilliard WR/DB 11

90 Brandon Morrow PK 10

91 Mitch Hotop PK/P 11

92 Brandon Schuster PK/P 12

94 Josh Johnson TE/DE 12

96 Malik Price WR/DB 12