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Brookwood at Central Gwinnett preview

Brookwood’s Chase Middleton

Brookwood’s Chase Middleton

Brookwood Broncos (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Mark Crews

Record: 2-4, 2-2 region

Last week: Beat Shiloh 20-7

Central Black Knights (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Todd Wofford

Record: 2-4, 2-2 region

Last week: Lost to Archer 41-20

Neither team in this matchup has an impressive overall record, but with both sitting at 2-2 in region play, the playoffs are a real possibility. At least for the victor.

“No doubt, this is the biggest game since I’ve been at Central for us as far as positioning yourself (for the playoffs),” Central coach Todd Wofford said. “This right here, both teams have the same record in the region. The winning team is set up better for the playoffs and the losing team is behind the eight ball.”

Central had four starters, three on defense, out last week in the loss to region frontrunner Archer. But there were bright spots for the Black Knights in the loss, including the continued emergence of running back Nigel Adams (22 carries, 110 yards) and Eric Forrest (199 passing yards) at quarterback. Central also has a long losing streak in this matchup — its last win over Brookwood came in 1993.

“We’ve got to win the game this year, not because of the past,” Wofford said.

The Broncos have been up and down in region play thus far, losing to Archer and Dacula but beating Parkview and Shiloh. They rallied from a halftime deficit last week when Jesse Brown (131 rushing yards, two touchdowns) and Joey McLane (136 passing yards, TD) led a strong second-half surge.

The Brookwood defense was stout throughout last week’s victory, spearheaded by two sacks each from Casimir Isles and Chase Middleton.

Last meeting: Brookwood won 42-21 last year

Directions to Central Gwinnett High School: From I-85, take Sugarloaf Parkway exit and go east to Ga. Highway 29. Turn left on Highway 29 and school is on the right at Gwinnett Drive.