SNELLVILLE— After trailing by seven at halftime, Brookwood reeled off 20 straight second-half points to defeat Shiloh 20-7 on Friday night.
It was the 19th straight victory for the Broncos (2-4, 2-2 8-AAAAAA) over the Generals (3-4, 1-4 8-AAAAAA), with the last Shiloh victory coming in 1995.
After punting on its first four possessions of the game, Brookwood opened up the second half with a 73-yard scoring drive capped off by a six-yard touchdown pass from Joey McLane to Matthew Price.
Running back Jesse Brown scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards to give Brookwood the lead in the fourth quarter.
“It’s a huge region win for us,” Brookwood head coach Mark Crews said. “Because if we’re going to have a chance to stay in the hunt we can’t lose again. Right now we’ve got two region wins, we’ve got eight teams and if you can beat four or five of them you’ve got a chance to get in the playoffs even though we haven’t started very well.”
Shiloh scored the first half’s only touchdown on a 2-yard plunge by senior running back Damonta Hill with 6:32 left in the second quarter.
The Generals began the scoring drive at the Brookwood 47-yard line as the defense backed the Broncos up with a big sack from defensive lineman Joshua Mitchell. On the first play of the drive Hill broke loose for a gain of 18.
Quarterback Sean Halsey, who entered the game in the second series for the hobbled Wil Larimore, connected with James Mials for a 20-yard gain down to the three-yard line.
In the second half though, the Generals managed just four first downs. Hill, who took over for starter Charles Shavers after a lower leg injury in the first quarter, was kept in check the rest of the night.
“We’ve got to learn how to finish football games and win football games,” Shiloh head coach Troy Hobbs said. “We knew being up 7-0 at the half that wasn’t going to win the game for us. We knew it was going to be a four quarter game and they finished and we didn’t.”
Trailing at home by seven, the Broncos came out firing in the second half as Brown broke free for a gain of 39 yards to set up the first touchdown. The sophomore tailback finished the game with 112 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.
McLane completed 8 of 12 pass attempts for 132 yards and a touchdown, while Price had four grabs for 57 yards and a TD. Fullback Joshua Collins was also a big cog in the Broncos’ offense with 73 all-purpose yards, including a 27-yard reception to set up Brown’s second score of the night and a 20-7 lead.
“The biggest thing was we were able to run the football in the second half,” Crews said. “We didn’t have to throw it all the time. Our lineman kind of for the first time, took control of the game and we were able to run the football and got good results in the second half.”
While the Broncos rushing attack controlled the ball on offense, the defense was stout as well. Shiloh had just 181 yards of total offense in the game and punted six times. Hobson McCain, Chase Middleton and Casimir Isles all recorded sacks for Brookwood.
“The big thing was the defense was out there minimally,” Crews said. “They got us the ball back and did a good job of controlling their offense in the second half.”
BROOKWOOD 20, SHILOH 7
Shiloh 0 7 0 0 —7
Brookwood 0 0 7 13—20
Shiloh: Damonta Hill 2 run (Adrian Lollar kick) 6:32
Brookwood: Matthew Price 6 pass from Joey McLane ( Brandon Morrow kick) 8:44
Brookwood: Jesse Brown 1 run (Morrow kick) 11:56
Brookwood: Brown 2 run (Morrow kick failed) 5:41