THOMASVILLE — The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Brookwood Warriors.

After enjoying a 5-0 start — including a breakout win against George Walton on Sept. 21 — the Warriors will use this week to heal some key injuries.

“It’s actually probably the best time it could possibly be,” Brookwood coach Shane Boggs said.

“You always talk about getting people healed up. That’s the kind of the case.

“We need it, there’ll be a couple of guys that’ll be ready to go for our next game as a result of it.”

Among the Warriors’ walking wounded are juniors Kevin Clark and Rodger Walker.

Clark, who plays on the offensive and defensive lines, didn’t play in Brookwood’s last game against Eagle Nest Christian as he nursed a lower leg injury.

Walker, a wide receiver/defensive back. also missed the Eagle Nest game with a groin injury. He left the game against George Walton early in the first quarter after suffering a hip pointer. The open week also allows senior David Hopkins to completely recover from his array of injuries. Although he played last week, the running back had a high ankle sprain from the beginning of the year and he suffered a broken hand during the second week of the season. The Eagle Nest game was his first of the year and he responded with a touchdown run of 58 yards.

“His competiveness, he’s one of the guys going into the season that we knew would be a fighter,” Boggs said.

“It’s huge to have him back. We’re happy about that.”

Boggs can also be happy about his team’s performance, on offense and defense.

The Warriors have won their five games by an average of 23 games. Still, Boogs admits his team is far from being perfect.

“You certainly haven’t mastered any realm of the game and we always go back to fundamentals, slow it down a lot more, teaching, drilling, that kind of stuff — a whole bunch of fundamentals,” Boggs added.

“I think every football coach talks about turnovers and tackling. You look at what we did over a five-game period — we did have a bunch of turnovers, offensively, in the George Walton game, but we overcame it. Over the five-game period we won the turnover battle, we tackled well. I’m very pleased that a whole bunch of people have contributed. We’re excited.”

After Brookwood’s week off, it travels to Americus to play Southland Academy on Oct. 12.

The Warriors’ first Region 3-AA game is on Oct. 26 in Valdosta against defending region champ Valwood.

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