Brookwood holds off late Shiloh rally

Brookwood's #14 Zach Moon

Brookwood's #14 Zach Moon

SNELLVILLE -- Brookwood made a handful of key offensive plays to take advantage of five Shiloh turnovers and held off a furious fourth quarter rally to defeat the Generals 30-24 Friday in a Region 8-AAAAAA game at Shiloh Community Stadium.

The Broncos took early control of the game, scoring on their opening possession and turning two interceptions by Shiloh quarterback Devante James into touchdowns and a 21-0 lead with less than a minute gone in the second quarter. But Brookwood (4-2, 3-1) sputtered on offense for the next three quarters, coming away with only three field goals, while Shiloh put together TD drives of 68, 84 and 84 yards to come within six points with 28 seconds to play. The Broncos' snared an onside kick to seal the victory.

"We played well on offense and special teams, and we did a good job on defense until their last drive, but we couldn't quite knock them out," said Brookwood head coach Mark Crews. "We were up by 20 points, then by 13 points, and we ended up fighting for our lives. But we weren't going to roll over and play dead. They're a very athletic team and I give them a lot of credit."

Brookwood was opportunistic in every phase of the game in the first quarter. On its first possession, quarterback Zach Moon bought time in the pocket on a third-and-18, then found senior wide receiver Colin Cotter behind the secondary on the Shiloh 10, and Cotter raced into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.

After Jamaal Cole gave the Broncos' excellent field position on its second possession with a 30-yard punt return to the Generals' 45, he fumbled inside the Shiloh 10 and Raekwon Shelton recovered for Shiloh. But Shiloh made key mistakes on its next three possessions. James threw two interceptions and running back Trevon Jones fumbled deep inside Shiloh territory.

Brookwood couldn't take advantage of the first interception, but turned the second one and Jones' fumble into TDs. Matthew Price picked off James at the Shiloh 40 and returned it to the 6, setting up a 6-yard run by Cole to give Brookwood a 14-0 lead.

Shiloh started its next possession at its 12, but a fumble by Jones gave Brookwood possession at the Generals' 23. Four plays later, Moon hit Cole with an 18-yard TD toss and the Broncos' had a 21-0 lead.

Shiloh fought back to cut the lead to 24-10 by halftime after James engineered the first of two 84-yard TD drives late in the second quarter. He completed five of six passes on the drive, including a 47-yard scoring strike to sophomore wide receiver Cameron Stewart.

Brookwood stretched its lead to 30-10 midway in the fourth quarter on Brandon Morrow's third field goal of the game. But after a 51-yard run by Shiloh's Jones moved the ball to the Brookwood 9, James scored three plays later to cut the lead to 30-17. And he took the Generals' 84 yards on its next drive, capping it off with a 12-yard scoring strike to Daniel Wardell.

James completed 21 of 41 passes for 233 yards and three TDs, but had four interceptions. Stewart had five receptions for 91 yards. Brookwood's Moon finished with 10 of 21 for 163 yards and two TDs.