THOMASVILLE — The Brookwood Warriors just keep rolling along now.

The Warriors exploded for 27 first-half points and beat visiting Valwood 33-21 Friday night.

Brookwood improved to 2-0 in GISA Region AAA-3 with the win and can win a second straight region title with a victory over Southland next week to close the regular season.

The win was also the fourth straight for the Warriors (4-5 overall).

“i’m so proud of them,” Warriors coach Shane Boggs said of his players. “I can’t say enough about them. We went through some tough times and they kept coming back with great attitudes.” 

Rodge Waldrop threw touchdown passes of 16 yards to Kelton Lewis and 13 yards to T.J. Thomas to stake the Warriors to a 13-0 lead. 

After a Valwood safety, the Warriors went 96 yards in two plays. First, Thomas broke through the line, shook off a tackler and raced 90 yards to the Valiants’ 6-yard line. A Valwood penalty preceded Waldrop’s 3-yard TD pass to an open Grant Gaston, who cradled the ball near the sideline for the catch.

“That was big time by TJ,” Boggs said. “They had a couple of guys who could have tackled him at (Brookwood’s) 5-yard line, but he had great balance and great effort and he ran away from them. They got a hand on a shoestring or something to trip him up.”

Brookwood ended the first half with a five-play, 36-yard drive in less than 50 seconds. Destin Moore’s 7-yard scoring run on a reverse capped the drive and put the Warriors in front 27-2.

Collin Clark’s 5-yard run with 7:39 left in the third quarter capped Brookwood’s scoring.

Valwood had the ball inside the Brookwood 5 on three separate possessions but came away empty each time. The Valiants finally got into the end zone on Dru Womack’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Tahj Sanders with 1:10 left in the third quarter. 

“I’ll tell you what, our defense played easily the best performance we’ve had all year,” Boggs said. “It starts with running and hitting. We ran and hit. But our secondary played really well at times as well.”

Womack added touchdown runs of 32 and 16 yards, the second coming on the game’s final play, for the Valiants.

Boggs pointed to Brookwood’s effort in a comeback win over Edmund Burke Academy as a catalyst for the current streak.

“We made a couple of plays down the stretch to win that one,” he said. “We started to learn how to win and learn how to finish and start building more and more confidence. 

“We’re on a roll. I’m excited to play for a region championship.”

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