Brookwood file

Ty Joyner and the Brookwood defense will have its hands full with Southland's speed Friday night.

THOMASVILLE – Brookwood's quest for a region title begins Friday night when the Warriors open GISA Region 3-AAA play on the road against familiar foe Southland.

Brookwood enters region competition with a 3-3 record but is coming off a disappointing 41-6 loss to Heritage last week. Warriors coach Shane Boggs said there's a different feel at practice this week with the start of region play just days ahead.

“It's exciting. It's always a tough challenge to go up to Southland. Our kids are excited about it,” Boggs said. “This is when the real season starts. We need to start playing a little better.

“There's always a different feel when you get into these region games. Our kids knows how important it is and they know what the opportunity that's still out there.”

The Raiders begin region play with a 3-2 record but have dropped two straight heading into Friday night's game in Americus. As Boggs prepares for the Raiders, one facet of Southland's team jumps off the screen — the Raiders' speed.

“They're really fast. They're one of the faster Southland teams that we've seen,” Boggs said. 

The Warriors defense will be focused on slowing Raiders running back Clay Owens, who broke the school's all-time rushing record and the mark for all-purpose yards against Westfield earlier this year. He scored six touchdowns in the 47-14 win.

“It really starts with him in everything they do,” Boggs said.

BROOKWOOD LOOKS TO REBOUND: Brookwood's loss to Heritage snapped the Warriors' two-game winning streak. Boggs came away thoroughly impressed with the Hawks.

“They were really good, a complete team, just exceptional up front and with the skilled guys. They're well coached and really one of the better teams we've ever played,” Boggs said. “I don't think we played great, but I also don't want to say we played poorly. I think it's one of those games where, certainly, we left a few plays out there. In the end, sometimes you have to commend your opponent on being really good and this is the way we felt about that one.”

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