It was a simple math problem.
After Brookwood suffered its third loss at Tiftarea Academy on Sept. 20, Warriors coach Shane Boggs looked a little closer at the numbers. The Warriors averaged 4.4 yards per play in the 28-27 loss to the Panthers. However, in the 11 plays where Swiss Army knife Cale Deese lined up at quarterback, Brookwood averaged more than seven yards per play when he ran it.
So last week Deese took the majority of the snaps at quarterback and Brookwood’s offense rolled. The 2-3 Warriors — who host Westwood (3-1-1) on Friday in the GISA Region 3-AA opener — beat host Flint River Academy 32-16 and Deese and the Warriors’ ground game did most of the damage.
“I’m not the smartest guy around, but that’s pretty good stuff,” Boggs said about the statistical improvement with Deese at quarterback. “If you look at what we did last week, the quarterback-running back run game complement is tough to defend. If you look all around high school football and college football, you just get an extra blocker. So as far as the strength of it, you get an extra blocker, you have an extra weapon. There is misdirection you can build into it with quarterback runs off the other stuff.
“Offensive football is about, No. 1 minimize penalties and minimize turnovers. And we lost one fumble. But we had no turnovers from the quarterback position so it was a great game from that perspective as well.”
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