Photo: Karl L. Moore Dacula's Jordan Sanders (50) and Bijan Sirleaf (31) can only look on as Brookwood running back Josh Brown (28) finds a large hole for a touchdown during Friday night's game at Brookwood.
SNELLVILLE -- Brookwood broke its Dacula hex Friday night and gave head coach Mark Crews a milestone win in the process.
The Broncos snapped a three-game losing streak to the Falcons with a 45-17 victory, Crews' 100th in 11 seasons as Brookwood's head coach. Josh Brown scored four touchdowns, three in the second half as the hosts turned the game into a runaway.
"It's kind of a personal (milestone), but at the same time I was an assistant coach for a long time and I know how much those guys contribute," said Crews, now 100-31 since taking over for longtime head coach Dave Hunter in 2002. "I want to give them the credit they're due. It's not just my 100th win, it's theirs, too. ... A lot of guys have given a good portion of their life to this place."
Brookwood (3-2, 2-1 in Region 8-AAAAAA) was rarely slowed down on offense by Dacula, which fell to 0-6 and 0-4 on the season.
The Broncos scored on seven of their first eight possessions, the only non-scoring one coming as they ran time out in the first half. That and a missed 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter kept them from scoring on their first nine drives.
Brown had TD runs of 13, 32 and 13 yards in addition to a 19-yard scoring catch from quarterback Zach Moon, who completed 7 of 11 passes for 176 yards. Moon also hit Ky Priester for a 32-yard TD pass and rushed for a short TD.
Priester caught four passes for 78 yards and had 187 all-purpose yards, including a 38-yard kickoff return and a 42-yard punt return. Jamaal Cole rushed for 95 yards on nine carries and had 184 all-purpose yards.
"We struggled a little bit on defense early again and the offense kind of picked up the slack," Crews said.
Dacula took a 14-10 lead early in the second quarter on a 59-yard TD run by Marcus Cox, but Brookwood scored the next 28 points. The Broncos also tightened up on defense, holding the Falcons to 36 yards in the second half.
Cox had 19 carries for 94 yards, but gained just eight yards on his six second-half attempts. Dacula quarterback Brandon Goodson was 10 of 12 passing for 111 yards in the first half, but completed just 1 of 5 passes in the second half. He was intercepted twice by Brookwood's Matthew Price.
The Broncos played without Georgia commitment Shaun McGee, who is nursing an injured ankle, but others stepped up in his absence, led by Price. The defense bowed up against its only test of the second half when a fumbled punt gave Dacula possession at the Brookwood 7-yard line. Eric Rawls led a charge that threw Cox for a three-yard loss on first down, Christopher Dancy followed with a big sack and a short pass from Goodson to Zentavias Cobb forced the Falcons to settle for a 32-yard Nick Mattiucci field goal.
Third-team tailback Nick Aube rushed for 50 yards on seven carries as the Broncos drained the clock.
"Ky had a good night, Josh Brown is steady, the offensive line did a good job, the kickoff and punt teams gave us good field position," Crews said. "A lot of people played well. It was a good, team win."