Samuel D. Logan
The Valdosta Daily Times
The Brooks County Trojans (12-1) will travel to Atlanta today to face the Lovett Lions (12-1). While both teams have the same record, the Trojans, who are undefeated at home for the last two seasons, will make the trek up I-75 to play in the Class 2-A Final Four. The winner of the game will face the winner of the Lamar County vs. Benedictine game on Dec. 14 at the Georgia Dome for a chance at the state championship title.
Quarterback and defensive back Malkom Parrish has been phenomenal not just in the regular season, but also in the playoffs, throwing for ten plus touchdowns and running for a couple as Brooks has beaten all three playoff opponents by a margin of at least 16 points in the contests.
“I’ve never been to the fourth round before. We’re going to live it up. I hope my knee heals and I’m going all out for the win,” said Parrish.
The Brooks offense has been efficient, scoring 50 plus points in their first two playoff games and 42 in their victory last week over the Bowden Red Devils. With the combination of Parrish, receiver Deric Herring and running back Mitavius Brooks, the offense is moving on all cylinders, attacking opposing defenses through the air and ground.
The Trojan defense has been playing well also, holding teams to under 28 points each game in the playoffs. In their first two games, the Trojans even pulled starters on both sides of the ball in the second half due to leading by wide margins.
This is the Trojans fifth time in the Final Four in school history and the Trojans hope to not disappoint in their first appearance since 2008.
The Lions defeated Laney 35-33 last week and are in the semifinals for the fifth time since coach Mike Muschamp became the Head Coach in 2005. This is their first time in the semifinals game since 2010. The all-time series between the Trojans and Lions is tied at 1-1. Both matchups occurred in quarterfinals games at Brooks County High. The Trojans got a win in 2008 while Lovett grabbed a win in 2010.
With Parrish injuring his knee in last week’s contest, we could see a Trojan team that is forced to pass the ball, with Parrish from the pocket. However, Parrish rose to the challenge last week, tossing three touchdowns from the pocket against the Red Devils.
In order for the Trojans to win, Parrish has to continue to be the phenomenal player he has been his entire career as a Trojan. Minimizing penalties and turnovers will be two keys for the offense to pull off the victory. On defense, the Trojans will have to be aggressive in pass coverage and tackle better to get a win.
“We had some bad passing plays last week, but we will work to correct that. With penalties, we have to continue to work on discipline. We have to teach them what to do, and not to do,” said Head Coach Maurice Freeman.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Stay tuned to the Times website, Facebook and Twitter for game updates throughout the night.