Samuel D. Logan
Special to the Times
The Brooks County Trojans have been electric on offense all season, and the sparks continued flying Friday night as they defeated the Bleckley County Royals 55-28 at Veterans Stadium.
To honor the BC3 (three Trojans who passed prior to the first game of the season in a fatal car crash), three current Trojan players wore the jerseys of the BC3.
Quarterback Malkom Parrish, who normally wears number 12, suited up in the jersey of Shawn Waters (32). Receiver and defensive back Deric Herring, who normally wears number 11, wore the jersey of Johnie Parker (26). Kahil Goss, who normally dresses in number 65, wore the jersey of Jicarrie Watkins (72).
Playing the role of a dual-threat quarterback and defensive back, Parrish ran all over the Royal defense, accounting for just over 200 yards and accounted for three touchdown runs, and added two through the air to help push the Trojans to another playoff win.
“This is what we’ve been working on all season. We are happy we won. We have a long way to go still on offense. They’re working hard and we’re doing some great things; we make some mistakes in some spots, but we will continue to work and clean it up,” said Brooks County Head Coach Maurice Freeman.
With the Trojans receiving the ball first, they quickly showed the Royals their game plan was to run, run, run, and that is what they accomplished.
Parrish took the first snap of the game and bolted off for an 11-yard gain on a scramble. After back-to-back runs for Trojan first downs by Parrish, senior running back Mitavious Brooks scampered into the end zone for a six-yard touchdown, putting the Trojans up 8-0 after the two-point conversion.
Instead of the typical deep kick, the Trojans elected to have Herring, who is also the team's kicker for kickoffs, try an onside kick. The Trojans recovered the kick and scored on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Parrish to Herring. The Trojans went for the two-point conversion again and Parrish found receiver Exavius Medlock to make the score 16-0.
The Trojan defense came out stout on the Royals' first possession causing them to go for a 4th and 13 and kept them from converting.
On the Trojans' third drive, the Royals stripped Trojan running back Willie Williams and recovered the fumble. Ironically, on Bleckley’s next play, the Trojans caused a fumble and the ball was recovered right back for the Trojans.
Parrish found the end zone yet again with a short one-yard touchdown run, making the score 22-0 after the extra point was missed.
The Trojan defense stood tall again and forced a punt on the Royals' next drive. Soon after the Trojans received the ball, Parrish found the end zone again for a touchdown run, making the score 28-0 after the two-point conversion was successful.
Finally able to sustain a drive, the Royals punched the ball in the end zone on a short run, making the score 28-7.
Right before halftime, the Trojans star quarterback found Herring for a six-yard touchdown reception, sending them to the half with a 35-7 playoff lead.
After the half, the Royals received the ball, but quickly had to punt after the tough Trojan defense forced a 3 and out.
With the help of a 35-yard run by Brooks and a huge catch by Herring to the two-yard line helped set up a two-yard touchdown run by Brooks to make the score 42-7.
The Royals fooled the Trojan defense on the next drive with a crafty 58-yard touchdown on a screen play to the receiver. This score cut the Trojans lead to 42-14.
On the very next drive, Parrish took off for a 26-yard touchdown run, pushing the Trojans' lead to 49-14.
When the Royals' next drive ended with a fumble recovered by Parrish at his defensive back position, the Trojans opted to add more points to the board.
Eleven yards away from the end zone, Parrish ran it in once more, making the score 55-14 after another missed extra point.
Still in the third quarter, Royals quarterback Ross,found the end zone on a sneak, cutting the Trojans' lead to 55-21.
To start the fourth quarter, the Trojans pulled starters to allow backups playing time, and to ensure that no starters were hurt.
“We had some fighting going on, some unsportsmanlike conduct penalties were called, and I did not want any of my players to get ejected from the game or hurt. The young guys also deserved to play,” commented Freeman on the decision to pull his starters in a playoff game.
Sophomore Demontay Jones came into the game as the Trojans quarterback and ran for 11-yards for a first down. The drive eventually stalled however, forcing the Trojans to punt.
The Trojans second team defense came out for the first time of the day and was burned for a 53-yard run by Royal running back Mario McClendon. The score moved to 55-28 as the game came to an end.
The Trojans will face the Bowden High Red Devils next week as they move close to a chance to win a state title.