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May 16, 2014

Brooks County readies for spring game

Quitman — Following an inspiring football season such as the Brooks County Trojans played last year can be a difficult task.

After suffering the loss of three football players and students right before the season began, the Trojans vowed to honor each of their fallen teammates with every game they played. Finishing the season with a road loss in a Class AA semifinal to Lovett, the Trojans were pleased with their 12-2 record.

“Last season was a wild ride. You never want to lose in the playoffs but our team, we fought hard to get to that point and I was proud of what the team accomplished,” said coach Maurice Freeman.

Led by star quarterback/defensive back Malkom Parrish, the Trojans were known for their exciting plays with Parrish leading the way. However, with Parrish headed to the University of Georgia in the fall, the question for the Trojans is who takes the throne at quarterback?

Enter rising junior Demontay Jones. Jones was used in 2013 as a situational quarterback, including playing two series in the Trojans home win against Bowden in the playoffs on Nov. 29. Jones will have big shoes to fill in an offense that relies heavily on good quarterback play.

To replace All-American Deric Herring, the Trojans will turn to senior Exavius Medlock, a returning player who not only is a speedy receiver, but also a great cover cornerback. Look for returner Devon Wimms to take over at the running back spot completely, as Mitavius Brooks, the Trojans starter in 2013, has graduated.

On defense, the Trojans are known for utilizing players on both sides of the ball, and that will still be an expectation this season, especially due to the lack of depth returning on the offensive line. Darren Anderson, a defensive tackle, will be returning to the team and is a terror for running backs trying to make their way through the line. Anderson will be a key component to watch as he may be one of the names called to help fix a depleted offensive line with only one returning starter.

With the Trojans fresh off their last spring practice Thursday, they will be prepared to leave it all on the field today at 6 p.m. in the annual spring game, held at Veterans Stadium. The Trojans began spring practice May 5.

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