Samuel D. Logan
The Valdosta Daily Times
The Brooks County Trojans put up 54 points en route to a first-round playoff pounding over the Screven County Gamecocks on Friday night.
The Trojans won the game 54-22 and were leading 54-6 before putting in the JV defense in the fourth quarter.
“We felt like we had more team speed than (SCHS) had,” BCHS head coach Maurice Freeman said. “We knew that we were in better shape than them and we wanted to speed that game up.”
Coach Freeman wanted to get the ball to all of his playmakers, and succeeded.
“We wanted to spread (the SCHS defense) out, and they spread out with us,” Coach Freeman said. “We wanted to use every player we had to get out there and spread that love around. We wanted everybody to get a chance to get the ball.”
Senior quarterback Malkom Parrish played a big role in the victory. Parrish went 7-9 with 174 yards through the air and threw a touchdown. He rushed the ball five times for 43 yards and added another touchdown.
“(Parrish) is a great team player,” Coach Freeman said. “He is doing exactly what we ask and he has caught fire.”
Parrish enjoys giving his teammates an equal chance to touch the football.
“(Spreading the ball out) is what this offense is designed for,” Parrish said. “We aren’t too big so we are going to use our speed as a wrecking ball.”
The Trojans moved the ball at will, but they also had an alarming 13 penalties accounting for 85 yards.
“I’m concerned about that,” Coach Freeman said. “We will look at the tape and try to clean that up. The farther you get in the playoffs, you cannot make those kind of mistakes.”
Parrish, senior Deric Herring and senior Kahil Goss wore the uniforms of the three BCHS players who died in a car accident on July 9. Parrish wore the uniform of senior Shawn Waters.
“I’m glad my coach let me represent my beloved friend,” Parrish said.
Herring wore the uniform of junior Johnie Parker.
“I feel light on my feet (when I wear this jersey) and I feel somebody watching over me,” Herring said.