Brookwood Football started its season in dramatic fashion, winning Friday night's scrimmage over Lafayette High School (FL) in Overtime. While the 24-21 win won't officially go on Brookwood's 2020 record, it will go down as a most memorable game considering the remarkable comeback and context leading up to it this year.
After seeing spring sports halted in their tracks during the month of March, and a long summer of workouts amid uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Friday night high school football was a welcomed sight for many.
The first half saw both teams feel their way through the typical first game jitters. Lafayette led at the Halftime break by an odd score of 2-0. The only score came on a Brookwood punt attempt deep in their own territory late in the 1st Quarter when the snap rolled through the end zone.
The 3rd Quarter was dominated by Lafayette, sticking to its ground game and controlling possession. The Hornets scored two touchdowns but were unsuccessful on both PATs, which would ultimately prove costly, to take a 14-0 lead. Another Hornet touchdown in the first minute of the 4th Quarter put Brookwood down 21-0. And then things got interesting at Warrior Stadium.
A long kickoff return by Marcus West down the sideline put the Warrior offense in great field position. With just under 10 minutes remaining, senior quarterback Dallas Forsyth scrambled on third down to get in the end-zone and the Warriors on the scoreboard. With renewed life, the Warrior defense forced an immediate fumble on the ensuing possession and recovered to give the offense the ball around midfield.
Forsyth connected on a deep ball to Nathan Yokley, putting the Warriors inside the Lafayette 5-yard line. With 8:06 remaining in the 4th Quarter, Forsyth hit Yokley after the receiver won an individual matchup on the outside for his first touchdown catch of the season. Just like that, it was 21-13 and Brookwood had all the momentum.
With 6:09 left in the game, Brookwood came up with yet another big defensive stop. Lafayette went for it on fourth-and-1 near midfield only to be pushed back by the Warrior defensive line, which was great all game. On the first play, Forsyth went deep and was intercepted. The Warrior Defense had to come up with another big stop down by 8 and did again.
The Warrior offense would get another chance with a little over 3:00 minutes remaining. But a controversial turnover on a fumbled snap, recovered by Lafayette, appeared to have exhausted all of Brookwood's lives. The play appeared to be blown dead by an official's whistle, only for the crew to give the Hornets the ball.
The senior-laden Warrior defense came up with another big stop. After using all three timeouts on defense to get the ball back, the Brookwood offense had one more chance with 2:00 minutes remaining. Taking over at their own 30-yard line with no timeouts, a perfectly executed screen pass to Marcus West out of the backfield netted nearly 65 yards before West was tripped up around the Lafayette 5-yard line.
Nathan Yokley carried the ball on a sweep play to score his second touchdown of the night. Forsyth found freshman TJ Thomas for a highlight catch in the corner of the end-zone for the two-point conversion, tying the game at 21-21 with just over a minute to play.
On Lafayette's first play in overtime, a botched snap was able to be recovered by the Warriors. A Nathan Yokley field goal after a few Brookwood runs sealed the deal, finishing the furious rally for a 24-21 win.
The Warriors are in action for their first regular season game this Friday at Maclay School in Tallahassee. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Located in Thomasville, GA, Brookwood School is a private school for grades JK-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.