THOMASVILLE — Too many Maclay big plays — and too many Brookwood mistakes — were too much for the Warriors to overcome Friday night.
The Marauders held on for a wild 34-27 win, sending the Warriors to 0-3 on the season.
“We had some guys who fought hard,” Brookwood coach Shane Boggs said. “We had some guys who need to fight a little harder. We made so many mistakes.There is no way to beat a good team making the mistakes we made tonight.”
The Marauders piled up more than 500 yards of offense and had 12 plays of at least 20 yards. The game, though, was still in doubt, and Brookwood looked poised to tie ti late after Kaden Giles recovered Michael Grant’s fumble at the Warriors’ 22 with 2:34 to play.
But Rodge Waldrop’s pass to T.J. Thomas glanced off Thomas’ hands at midfield, and Caleb Heuchan collected the Marauders’ fourth interception of the night.
“You talk about missed opportunities — that certainly goes both ways,” Boggs said. “It was one of those games where we get a stop and then we turn it over on offense, or we get a score and then we can’t get a stop. It’s just one of those nights. You have to credit them — they made a lot fewer mistakes for us.”
William Templeton’s 66-yard touchdown run on Maclay’s second play from scrimmage put the Marauders in front. Brookwood tied it up as Collin Clark powered in from 2 yards out, capping a 14-play, 80-yard drive.
A Grant touchdown pass and Tucker Hicks’ field goal staked Maclay to a 17-7 lead midway in the second quarter.
Brookwood sliced the lead to 17-13 as Grant Gaston fought his way into the end zone for a 19-yard TD catch from Waldrop with 44 seconds left in the first half.
Maclay struck almost as quickly in the second half as they did in the first. Grant found an open Shane Croston on fourth down for a 39-yard scoring strike with 9:49 to go in the third quarter.
Brookwood drove right back down the field, and Clark’s 1-yard run made it 24-19.
A Croston TD run and another Hicks field goal stretched the lead to 34-19, but Clark got his third TD run of the game with 4:13 to play. Gaston hauled in Waldrop’s two-point conversion to make it 34-27.
Maclay, however, picked off the Warriors on their last two possessions to preserve the win.
The two teams combined for 150 plays and 980 yards of offense. There were also 22 penalties assessed on the Marauders, and 10 on the Warriors, who committed five turnovers.
The Warriors now head into an open week.
“It comes a the right time to get healthy,” Boggs said, “but you would love to get back out there and create some positive momentum.”