Brookwood defensive end Ramirez Galbreth (11) tackles South Gwinnett running back Spencer Williams (5) during the first half of Friday's game. Brookwood defeated South Gwinnett 59-21.
Brookwood's D.J. Brown (10) attempts to strip the ball from the hands of South Gwinnett's Bernard Morrison during the third quarter of Friday's game. Brookwood defeated South Gwinnett 59-21.
Brookwood running back Jamaal Cole (23) is hoisted aloft by a teammate after Cole scored a touchdown during the first half against South Gwinnett Friday night.
Brookwood running back Jamaal Cole (23) runs for a gain as South Gwinnett defensive back Brandon Bazueye (29) makes a tackle during the third quarter of Friday's game.
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SNELLVILLE -- South Gwinnett needed to gain some momentum.
The Comets trailed by 10 points early in the third quarter and faced fourth-and-one at midfield.
Travon Davis took the handoff to the right, but Ramirez Galbreath and the rest of the Brookwood defense was there to meet him.
The stop lifted new life into Brookwood as the Broncos scored the next 21 points to roll to a 59-21 victory over South Gwinnett.
"It was a big change of momentum and got everyone pumped up," Galbreath said.
Brookwood running backs Nick Tompkins and Jamaal Cole each went over the 100-yard rushing mark again. Tompkins, a Michigan State commitment, had 107 yards and one touchdown. Cole had 105 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The junior was also the game's leading receiver with five catches for 124 yards and one score.
"He catches the ball pretty well, too," Brookwood head coach Mark Crews said.
Brookwood (5-2, 4-1 region) held a 21-14 lead at halftime and scored on every possession in the second half.
Brandon Morrow kicked a 44-yard field goal and Michael Gouge caught a 38-yard touchdown pass after Brookwood's big fourth-down stop. Galbreath led the Broncos' defense seven tackles, while Conner Hennessey and D.J. Brown had five each.
"Our defense played well when they had to," Crews said. "They gave up some plays, but made stops when they had to."
Cole added a seven-yard TD catch and a 37-yard run and the Broncos led 45-14 with 2:01 left in the game.
"We just self destructed," South Gwinnett head coach John Small said. "We made way too many mistakes. It's part of the growing pains."
South's Spencer Williams scored on a 22-yard run and the Comets recovered an onside kick. Jordan Ramey was intercepted by Brookwood's D.J. Brown and he returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. The Broncos added a final score with third-string running back Josh Brown scoring on a 17-yard run.
"I was proud of the way our kids played," Crews said. "I think they played a lot better in the second half."
South Gwinnett (1-5, 1-3) fumbled its first two possessions of the game. Brookwood took advantage of the first turnover by Cole scoring on a 49-yard pass from Zach Moon, who was 12 of 14 for 232 yards and three touchdowns.
"Our quarterback did what he had to do and he completed some ball when he had to," Crews said
South lost four fumbles and threw an interception in the game.
"You can't turn the ball over to a good team," Small said. "A good football team is going to capitalize."
South starting quarterback Mason Hart led the Comets on 63-yard drive to the Brookwood red zone. Ramey, who missed the first the first five games after breaking his arm in a preseason game, threw a 17-yard TD pass Travon Davis to tie the game at the end of the first quarter.
Ramey didn't look rusty from missing the first half of the season by completing his next six passes. The junior finished the game 15 of 23 for 171 yards and two TDs.
Brookwood regained the lead on Cole's 17-yard touchdown run. The Broncos' Zach Jackson was ejected after a personal foul and the Comets took advantage of the Illinois commitment not being in the secondary. Ramey led South down the field with a 14-yard touchdown pass to L.J. Gainey to tie the game 14-14.
Brookwood took the lead again before the half thanks to two personal fouls by South. That set up Moon's 15-yard TD pass that was tipped by a South defender into the hands of B.J. Sammon for a 21-14 halftime lead.