The Valdosta Daily Times
The Brooks County Trojans (4-1, 1-0) earned a key win to open region play Friday night, knocking off the Early County Bobcats (2-3, 0-1) 13-6 thanks to a late-game surge. Friday night did not look like Brooks County’s first four, high-scoring games, however, as the Trojans were forced to win a game solely relying on their defense for the first time all season. After falling behind 6-0 at the half and not finding much running room against an Early County defense that allows only 9.4 points per game and is statistically one of the best defenses in the state, the Trojans rose to the challenge in the second half. With Brooks County leading 7-6 late in the game, Malkom Parrish found running room and scrambled for a 50-yard touchdown that ultimately sealed the fate of Early County and helped Brooks, who averaged 36 points per game heading into region play, win its first defensive struggle of the season.
Brooks County has now won two games in a row since falling to Valdosta three weeks ago, and the Trojans have a considerable amount of momentum heading into the team’s first home region game of the season against the Thomasville Bulldogs. The Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0) also won Friday night, as they defeated Cook County 21-14 in region play.