THOMASVILLE — Let the GISA postseason begin for the Brookwood Warriors.
The Region 3-AAA champions and No. 6 seed will hit the road on Friday to play Westfield in Perry.
It's a rematch of last year's playoff tilt when the Hornets prevailed 49-48 in overtime. Brookwood coach Shane Boggs expects another classic this time around.
“Last year we were in a one-point game with them in overtime. I think it's got a chance to be another one of those great high school football games like we played them in last year,” Boggs said. “They're 7-2 and their losses are to Stratford, who is obviously a great GHSA team, and then they lost to John Milledge (two weeks ago), who is playing at a real high level in our league. They certainly have a lot of good players up front on both sides of the ball, and they have a lot of great athletes out in space. They have weapons, certainly at all the different position groups.”
So do the Warriors, who reeled off five straight wins to end the season, including a thrilling 16-15 victory over Southland Academy two weeks ago to claim the region title. It's been a complete turnaround for a team that started 0-6.
It's also a team that Boggs believes can make a run in the state playoffs.
“I know we can make a run. I know that we're good enough to compete,” he said. “We're good enough to compete in any of these games we're getting ready to play in.“Seven of our 11 games have basically come down to the last drive, if not the last play. I think we're good enough to where we're going to be in that type of game on Nov. 19. If we play well enough to pull that off, I think we'll probably be in that same position the next week as well.
“Are we good enough to make a run? I think absolutely.”
The winner will play the winner of Pinewood Christian-Valwood in the state semifinals.