Shiloh at Brookwood preview

Brookwood’s Hobby McCain

Brookwood’s Hobby McCain

Shiloh Generals (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Troy Hobbs

Record: 3-3, 1-3 region

Last week: Lost to Archer 45-16

Brookwood Broncos (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Mark Crews

Record: 1-4, 1-2 region

Last week: Lost to Dacula 21-7

These teams still have a goal of reaching the playoffs, but they both need to build momentum starting with this matchup in Snellville.

Shiloh’s promising start has hit the skids the past few weeks with lopsided losses to Archer (45-16) and Grayson (44-3). Those losses followed a nice win over rival South Gwinnett. Meanwhile, Brookwood has suffered some painfully close losses already in region play, falling to Dacula last week when the Falcons sealed it with an interception for a touchdown and losing 25-20 to region leader Archer in the 8-AAAAAA opener. In between, the Broncos topped rival Parkview 10-0.

“As always, Shiloh’s a pretty athletic bunch and they make big plays,” Brookwood head coach Mark Crews said. “They’re sort of like us. We’ve both hurt ourselves with mistakes.”

The Generals’ offense continues to revolve around running back Charles Shavers, who rushed for 101 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards last Friday against Archer. He will present a challenge to an improving Brookwood defense, which has played much better in region play than it did in the non-region contests. Hobby McCain (11 tackles, fumble recovery) led the Broncos’ defense last Friday, while Chase Middleton, Chris Dancy and Casimir Isles also had stellar games.

Shiloh also has a chance to reverse history with the Broncos, who have won 18 straight in the series. The Generals have won just two times (1995 and 1991) in their long history with Brookwood, but they closed the gap last year in a narrow six-point loss.

Last meeting: Brookwood won 30-24 last year

Directions to Brookwood High School: From I-85, go east on Pleasant Hill Road and merge onto Ronald Reagan Parkway. Proceed to the Five Forks-Trickum Road exit. Turn right and take the next left on Dogwood Road. School is on the right.