Unbeaten McAdory overpowers Brookwood
Fri. October 19, 2012 at 11:31 p.m. | By A.A. Moore
McCALLA | The final outcome was about what many expected Friday night, with McAdory racing out to a big lead and coasting home to a 35-14 victory over Brookwood.
But after struggling the last few weeks, the Panthers (3-5, 1-5) showed some life against the undefeated Jackets (8-0, 6-0), who will play unbeaten Wenonah next week for the Class 5A, Region 5 title.
Brookwood was able to get a couple of key defensive stops against McAdory, and the offense showed some consistency by putting together several long drives and scoring twice in the fourth quarter.
“We’re just trying to improve to give ourselves a chance the next two weeks,” Brookwood coach Ricky Bush said. “We still have an opportunity to get to .500. But we had to play better in the second half, and I thought we did.”
The Panthers engineered two 68-yard drives in the final period and held the ball for just over nine minutes, aided by a recovered onside kick. Anthony McCostlin scored on a 15-yard run and Seth Franks connected with his brother, Caleb Franks, on an 8-yard scoring pass with 2:27 remaining.
“It felt good to get those touchdowns,” said Seth Franks, who threw for 119 yards.
“It gives us confidence going into homecoming (against Parker). It gives us momentum.”
While McAdory was never in any real trouble and got touchdown runs from five different players, Brookwood had a couple of chances to make the game a bit more interesting.
Down 7-0, the Panthers forced a punt and had the ball at its own 41-yard line. But an interception on a catchable pass gave the Jackets the ball. Two plays later, McAdory was in the end zone for a 14-0 advantage.
The Jackets scored again after recovering the ensuing onside kick. Then, another pass in and out of the hands of a Brookwood receiver turned into a second McAdory interception that led to another score and a 28-0 lead.
“We had two big turnovers that set up those scores,” Bush said. “We’ve got to catch those passes when they hit us in the hands.”
After battling the top two teams in the region the last two weeks, Seth Franks was glad to move on to the rest of Brookwood’s schedule. But he thought Wenonah might have the edge in the region title game.
“Both teams were physical and fast but I thought Wenonah had more athletes,” Franks said.