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Broncos try to keep offense rolling against South

Brookwood head coach Mark Crews meets with quarterback Zach Moon during a break in a game earlier this season.

Brookwood head coach Mark Crews meets with quarterback Zach Moon during a break in a game earlier this season.

Brookwood head coach Mark Crews has been waiting for his team's offense to start to clicking all season.

The Broncos have showed flashes of brilliance, but never consistently for an entire game.

Brookwood (3-2, 2-1 region) put together its best game of the season in last week's win over Central Gwinnett. Now the Broncos will try to make it two weeks in a row as they host Snellville rival South Gwinnett (1-4, 1-2) on Friday night.

"It's the best game we've played as far as production," Crews said. "Our offensive line played as well as a group as they have all year. We had less mistakes which led to driving the ball."

Offensive tackle Jackson Buonamia, an Air Force commitment, has been the Broncos' most productive lineman this season. The unit's progression last week allowed running backs Nick Tompkins and Jamaal Cole to have big games.

Brookwood had 454 yards rushing, including a season-high 192 yards and two touchdowns from Tompkins, while Cole had 129 yards and three scores.

"They have two great running backs and always have an awesome offensive line," South Gwinnett head coach John Small said.

It has taken some time for the offense to gel, but the Brookwood defense has been consistent all year. The unit held Central's offense, which was averaging 50 points a game, to just 14 points.

"Our defense has played fairly well pretty much all year," Crews said.

Defensive end Ramirez Galbreath, linebacker Connor Hennessey and defense back Zach Jackson lead the group. Hennessey leads the team in sacks with five and is the leading tackler with 52.

"Defensively, they are very opportunistic and are playing well," Small said.

South Gwinnett only has one win this season and that was a 63-55 victory over Central Gwinnett in the Georgia Dome. The Comets know how to score points, it's just matter of having enough healthy players on the field.

"We're a young football team and have had a lot players get banged up that are out for the season," Small said. "We're facing a lot of adversity, but we're going to keep working and not feel sorry for ourselves."

The Comets lost starting quarterback Jordan Ramey in a preseason scrimmage and star linebacker Reginald Carter in the season opener. Running back Jourdin Shiloh has played sparingly, receiver Coray Keel has missed a few games and leading receiver L.J. Gainey was out for last week's game and is questionable tonight. The injury list continues with cornerback Nicholas Hylton and linebacker Anthony Beck getting hurt last week and are out for the season.

"A lot of guys are out, but a lot of guys are getting the opportunity to play," Small said.

The Battle of Snellville is a lopsided series. South Gwinnett has won just four times in 27 meetings, the most recent was a 17-14 victory two years ago. But Crews is quick to point out that win-loss records don't mean a lot in Region 8-AAAAA football.

"It's a big rivalry game for them. They will be ready to whip us and that's a good thing. You want people's best," Crews said. "I'm sure they are excited about playing us to turn their season around. Like we tell our team all the time. Anyone in this region can beat you."