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Wenonah 42 – Brooks (Killen) 14

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Giovanni Williams

Wenonah gained control of Brooks on the opening snap of a 42-14 victory in Friday’s second round of the Class 5A playoffs.

On the first play of the game, Wenonah quarterback Carlos Rogers connected with Will Moore for a 43-yard gain. The Dragons scored four plays later on a 14-yard pass from Rogers to JaDarius Redwine, and the rout was on.

“We never got established in this game,” Brooks (9-3) coach Brad Black said. “We had a good game plan but we just didn’t make some plays. We missed some tackles on the first drive and it just rolled from there.”

On its second possession, Wenonah drove 71 yards on six plays, scoring on a 23-yard run by Cortney McGhee with 4:49 left in the first quarter to make it 13-0.

After the Dragons forced another Lions’ punt, Wenonah’s offense went back to work with a four-play drive capped off by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Rogers to Moore.

At the end of the first quarter, Wenonah led the home team 21-0.

“They had a great team,” Black said. “They were very fast, athletic and well coached. They’ll probably advance next week.”

Through Brooks’ first four possessions, the Lions had punted three times and thrown an interception.

After the Brooks interception, the Dragons handed it off to running back Telvin Miller, who took the handoff and raced down the sideline for a 79-yard touchdown to put the Dragons up 28-0 midway through the second quarter.

The Lions finally got on the board with 5:02 left in the second quarter when quarterback Lake Spurgeon scrambled on a fourth-and-2 and dove into the end zone from four yards out.

Wenonah tacked on another touchdown before the break when they faked a punt on its own 20-yard line and Redwine took off for an 80-yard touchdown, untouched to make it 34-7.

Both teams failed to score in the second half until Spurgeon found receiver Kolton Medley in the back of the end zone to make it 34-14 with just less than 10 minutes left in the game.

Medley finished with five catches for 65 yards and the score in his final game for Brooks.

“(Spurgeon) wasn’t getting comfortable in the pocket, so I did my best to get open and make plays,” Medley said. “I used to play quarterback so I know what to do to help him out.”

It didn’t take long before the Dragons to answer, as Miller scored two plays later on a 47-yard run to make it 42-14.

“I’m going to miss seeing these seniors’ faces every day,” Black said. “They are a special group of kids and I loved coaching them. They’ll be sorely missed.”

Wenonah (9-2) will host Scottsboro (12-0) in the third round of the Class 5A playoffs

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