Brad Kinni (2) pulls through a tackle during an 86-yard kickoff return for a score.

The Brookwood Warriors cracked the goose egg that was nestled in their win column Friday night.

Brookwood (1-3) rallied from a one-touchdown deficit on two occasions to defeat the Tiftarea Panthers (0-4) 20-14 in a non-region matchup at Warrior Field.

After the game, Warriors coach Robert East urged his team to enjoy its first victory of the season.

“I want this young group to understand what it really means to win,” he said. “I want it to soak in so they will know what it feels like.”

The victory did not come easy. Brookwood drove 90 yards for its final touchdown, a 5-yard run by Taylor Patterson with 7:24 left in the final period.

After the ensuing kickoff, Tiftarea advanced the ball close to midfield before running out of steam. Its hopes ended when Ethan Mims gained only nine yards on a fourth-and-10 pass from Rob Flick with 1:45 left.

Brookwood was outgained in total yards 319-285, but it got a huge play from its special teams in the third quarter that made a difference. Just seconds after the Panthers took a 14-7 lead in the third quarter, Brad Kinni took the ensuing kickoff and broke several tackles en route to an 86-yard touchdown. An unsuccessful extra point left the score 14-13 early in the period.

“Brad played his heart out,” East said. “He played as hard as I’ve ever seen any young man play. He doesn’t understand that there are other people on the field.

“When people try to lock him up, he just keeps those legs moving and keeps going.”

See Saturday's edition for more details.

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