SNELLVILLE — Jesse Brown delivered quite the entrance into the Battle of Five Forks-Trickum.
The Brookwood sophomore, making his varsity debut in the storied rivalry, provided the only steady offense for either team in a defensive battle as the host Broncos defeated rival Parkview 10-0 Friday night. It gave Brookwood its first win of the season, while keeping the Panthers winless.
“Jesse’s a youngster and he’s sort of feeling his way a little bit, but he’s got a chance to be a really good player,” Brookwood head coach Mark Crews said. “He showed that tonight. He grew up a little bit and got a little tougher. I’m proud of our offensive line for paving the way for him, too.”
Brown has stepped up into a role that was supposed to be filled by his older brother, Brookwood senior Josh Brown. But a torn ACL in the season opener sidelined the elder Brown, sending his younger brother into the feature back role.
Jesse Brown carried 27 times for 171 yards and the game’s only touchdown Friday night.
“My brother tore his ACL in the first game of the season and I was sort of thrown into the position,” said Brown, toting the MVP trophy handed out by the Great American Rivalry Series. “I was just shocked. The first game it was crazy. I had no idea what was going on. Now that I have the experience, it’s flowing now.”
Brown’s TD came on a 42-yard run, converting a third-and-2 and more early in the second quarter. It capped a 13-play, 89-yard drive that was kept alive by two Parkview penalties, one roughing the punter call and one for pass interference. Joey McLane also hit Keenan Sweeney for a big 16-yard gain on third down during the possession.
Brown’s 27-yard run, followed by an 18-yard run by teammate Joshua Collins, set up the game’s only other points, a 41-yard field goal by Brandon Morrow on the opening drive of the third quarter. That put the Broncos (1-3, 1-1 Region 8-AAAAAA) ahead 10-0, a lead that was more than enough for their impressive defense.
While Brookwood controlled the clock, its defense kept Parkview’s offense on the sidelines for much of the second half. The Panthers (0-5, 0-3) ran just eight offensive plays with one first down in the third quarter and had only 11 offensive plays in the second half until a drive in the closing minutes that stopped at the Broncos’ 28-yard line.
Brookwood had its own struggles — two red zone turnovers in the second half kept it from putting the game away — but nobody was complaining after the season’s first win.
“We’ve both been struggling offensively but we moved it a little better than they did,” Crews said. “Our defense really stepped up. I’m proud that our kids came out on top. I’m proud that our defense got the shutout and I’m proud that our offense controlled the ball enough so we could win the football game.”
Brookwood forced one turnover, a Matthew Price fumble recovery, and held Parkview to 101 rushing yards, 46 coming on one Richard Walker run.
“We don’t have any production on offense,” Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe said. “It’s been that way all year. We’ve got weapons, but we don’t get production. The defense stays on the field all night long. It’s just not the way you play football. Our kids don’t understand that. They don’t understand how to get 10 yards.”
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BROOKWOOD 10, PARKVIEW 0
Parkview 0 0 0 0 - 0
Brookwood 0 7 3 0 - 10
Brookwood: Jesse Brown 42 run (Brandon Morrow kick) 10:15
Brookwood: Morrow 41 FG, 7:41
First downs 12 14
Rushes-yards 26-101 41-185
Passing yards 119 55
Comp-Att-INT 12-26-0 5-9-1
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-1
Penalties-yards 10-90 12-105
RUSHING - Parkview: Richard Walker 2-49; Brandon Sullivan 5-19; Justis Rosser 7-15; Jeremy Lacey 3-12; Jack Chambers 8-11; Team 1-(-7). Brookwood: Jesse Brown 27-171; Joshua Collins 5-19; R.J. Brown 1-2; Team 2-(-3); Joey McLane 6-(-4).
PASSING - Parkview: Chambers 12-26-0, 119. Brookwood: McLane 5-9-1, 55.
RECEIVING - Parkview: Lacey 5-57; Rosser 2-27; Johnathan Boyd 2-18; G.G. Robinson 2-12; James Huston 1-5. Brookwood: Mike Allen 1-17; Matthew Price 1-16; Keenan Sweeney 1-16; Collins 1-6; Brown 1-0.
HIGHLIGHTS: Parkview vs. Brookwood Football
Highlights from the Parkview vs. Brookwood football game on Sept. 27, 2013.