After wild game, Central moves on to Brookwood

Photo: Karl L. Moore Brookwood's Jamaal Cole (23) goes up high to make the catch behind Dacula's Roman Schnaak (19) during a game earlier this season.

Photo: Karl L. Moore Brookwood's Jamaal Cole (23) goes up high to make the catch behind Dacula's Roman Schnaak (19) during a game earlier this season.

Breaking down the game video alone was tiring.

Brookwood head coach Mark Crews and his staff slogged through the extensive video from last weekend's crazy football game between Central Gwinnett and South Gwinnett, which ended in a 63-55 South victory. There was plenty of footage to look over to get ready for Friday's matchup with Central and its explosive offense.

"That game was a track meet," Crews said.

Central head coach Todd Wofford saw it firsthand.

He watched his offense roll up 693 yards and endure some turnovers and penalties. He also had his defense on the field for 109 plays and it gave up 649 yards to South.

The heavy work was rough on the defense, but Wofford expects his players to bounce back without a problem this week. He needs his defense to recover, but also play better than it did last week against South's spread.

Central's defense, led by college commitments Trey Johnson (Auburn) and Francis Kallon (Georgia Tech), hopes to play a cleaner game this week against a much different challenge --Brookwood's running game.

"We watched the film and we saw the mistakes that were made last week," Wofford said. "Most of the time it was lining up wrong. I don't know if it was the excitement of the (Georgia) Dome or what. We had a lot of mix-ups in our calls."

The Black Knights' next task is a Bronco offense that hasn't found its rhythm offensively, despite returning two 1,000-yard rushers in Nick Tompkins and Jamaal Cole. Brookwood averages just 14.3 points and was held to just six points in losses to Lassiter an Dacula.

That offensive inconsistency has led to the defending Class AAAAA state champions' slow start.

"We've had a couple of breakdowns, but our defense has kept us in every game we've played," Crews said. "We were up against Lassiter with four or five minutes left and couldn't finish a drive. Dacula was up 13-7 late and we couldn't get anything going offensively. Our defense has kept us in games, we just haven't been able to make plays offensively."

That hasn't been an issue for Central, which has scored 41 or more points in each of its first four games. The Black Knights average a county-best 49.8 points behind prolific passer Eman Westmoreland, whose 569 passing yards vs. South were the second-most in state history. Wideout Malachi Jones (11 catches for 276 yards) and running back George Morris also had big games in the Dome.

"They're explosive on offense," Crews said of the Black Knights. "They've got some cats that can run and they do a good job of throwing the ball around. It's the same old story for us. We've got to do a good job of controlling the ball on offense and keeping their offense off the field."