THOMASVILLE -- Brookwood turned to the veer offense halfway through the season in 2004.

The 2005 version gets a much earlier head start.

"All the extra weeks of repetition will benefit," said Brookwood head coach Shane Boggs.

Boggs is referring to his team working on the veer this week during spring practice, which started Monday.

"It was a day of high energy, a day of mistakes," said Boggs. "It was a day of patientce. I was pleased with the effort, not pleased with the execution. But you've got to expect that on day one."

The Warriors' offense loses two of its big weapons, quarterback Rann Day and running back Tyler Alexander to graduation. Brookwood does return Ben Hopkins, who returns for his senior year after amassing 700 yards last season.

"He actually acounted for a good portion of the offense," said Boggs. "It's good to have him back."

Also back are wide receivers Cameron Reed and Ashton Thomas, each with around 400 yards receiving last season. Brookwood also loses Jamey Harrell, Brent Bond and Hunt Mitchell. The newest face on the Brookwood offense has a familiar name. Scott Cheney, brother of former Brookwood quarterback Stephen Cheney, is expected to take over the reigns.

"He's a taller, stronger player," said Boggs, who added Drew Balfour and Keith Bentley will serve as backups.

The defense wasn't hit nearly as hard, as it returns 10 starters, led by Zack Johnson, the team's only returning captain. Other key returnees are Joe Reed, Brett Jones and Mark Coram.

"We have a chance to be very good on defense," said Boggs.

Very good could be used to describe the Warriors' participation this year. Boggs said there were 30 boys out for spring practice, the most in his tenure at Brookwood.

"Anytime the participation is up, there's got to be good things going on," said Boggs.

Brookwood finished 2-8 last year and will end its two-week spring practice on May 13 with its spring game against Robert F. Munroe.

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