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PREVIEW: Dacula at Brookwood

Dacula's Josh Bullock

Dacula's Josh Bullock

Dacula Falcons (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Jared Zito

Record: 0-5, 0-3 region

Last week: Lost to Archer 17-14

Brookwood Broncos (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Mark Crews

Record: 2-2, 1-1 region

Last week: Lost to Parkview 21-14

These two teams may be coming off disappointing losses, but each have plenty of hope. For Brookwood, the hopes lay in the record. Sure losing to Parkview hits the Broncos in the gut, but the early date leaves plenty of time to re-assert themselves in the region.

At Dacula, the hope is less apparent. The Falcons dropped a three-point game to Archer, keeping them winless on the season. But for a team running in sophomores all across the field, head coach Jared Zito speaks optimistically.

“We feel encouraged because we are getting better,” Zito said.

Receiver Josh Bullock is leading the improvement along with QB Brandon Goodson.

“The truth is our backs are against the wall if we have any hope of making the playoffs,” Zito said.

And as luck would have it, the Falcons meet another playoff-caliber team in the Broncos. The run-first Broncos have a more balanced attack this year, including putting up more than 200 yards in the air in last week’s loss to Parkview. For the year, 760 of Brookwood’s 1,369 total yards have come on the ground and 609 have come through the air.

“They know exactly where they want to attack you and how they want to do it,” Zito said of Brookwood.

Dacula will start the same five offensive linemen this week as it did last week, a first this season due to injuries. Senior David Flake will dress, but Zito does not expect him to play much.

Last meeting: Dacula won 20-6 last year.

Directions to Brookwood High School: From I-85, go east on Pleasant Hill Road and merge onto Ronald Reagan Parkway. Proceed to the Five Forks-Trickum Road exit. Turn right and the next left on Dogwood Road. School is on the right.