Unbeaten Wenonah overwhelms Brookwood in Region 5 game
Sat. October 13, 2012 at 12:24 a.m. | By A.A. Moore
Brookwood’s Caleb Franks (18) plows into Wenonah’s Joel McCandless (51) for extra yardage. (Photo by Erin Nelson)
BROOKWOOD | Entering Friday night, there were still seven undefeated teams in Class 5A. For a Brookwood team with faint playoff hopes, it didn’t look good that two of those teams were the next two on the schedule.
The Panthers’ faint flicker of hope for a second straight playoff appearance was extinguished when one of those unbeatens — Wenonah — dominated Brookwood 47-0 to improve to 7-0 overall, 5-0 in Region 5. The Dragons were in complete control the entire night — scoring on offense, defense and special teams — while Brookwood (3-4, 2-3) never ran a play inside the Wenonah 26-yard line.
“I’m proud of our effort. Wenonah’s a good football team with a lot of good athletes,” Brookwood coach Ricky Bush said. “We did some good things. But just their sheer number of athletes let them take the game over.”
Bush knew his team would have to execute a perfect game plan and get some luck to pull off the big upset. He started by trying to slow the game to a crawl and limit the number of opportunities for the Dragons. But when the Panthers punted after a nearly five-minute drive stalled, Wenonah quickly went to work, running eight plays in just over three minutes to take an early 7-0 lead on a Kenneth Jordan 2-yard scoring run.
On the ensuing drive, Brookwood executed a perfect fake punt when Seth Franks connected with Justin Carter for a 44-yard gain. But four straight incomplete passes handed the ball back to Wenonah, and three plays later Nicolas Jackson scored on a 55-yard run. By halftime, the Dragons led 40-0 and coach Ron Cheatham let off the accelerator.
“We just make sure we play well the entire game because every team can come back,” Cheatham said. “But in the second half, we tried to slow it down some.”
While Wenonah went exclusively with backups on offense in the second half, many of the first-string defensive players remained in the game. Bush said it may have been the best group of defensive linemen and linebackers his team had seen all season, and the numbers bore that out. Brookwood had just 76 yards of offense in the game — 11 in the second half.
“Their front seven is pretty good. Their line was real physical and fast,” Bush said. “Their linebackers just fly to the football.”
Brookwood was led on offense by Franks, who completed 9 of 25 passes for 104 yards, Carter (42 yards receiving) and Jay Buffer (25 yards receiving). Spencer Hill had a team-high 10 tackles.