SNELLVILLE — Brookwood’s Marquis Groves-Killebrew intercepted a pass and caught a game-clinching 51-yard touchdown pass on Friday to lead Brookwood's football team to a 24-13 win over Mill Creek at Brookwood Community Stadium.
“I’d say the touchdown was more important tonight,” Groves-Killebrew said. “We really needed it.”
Brookwood avoided some of the mistakes in the second half that limited its performance in the opening half. It was another step forward for the Broncos, who improved to 3-0.
“Our guys are playing more poised,” Jones said. “In Game 1 and Game 2, we committed a lot of foolish penalties, shot ourselves in the foot more. I knew if we did that (Friday) we’d have a tough time against a good team like that. Luckily we didn’t do that tonight.”
Brookwood was led by quarterback Dylan Lonergan, who completed 19 of 28 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns. Alexander Diggs rushed 12 times for 83 yards and one score. Samuel M'Bake caught seven passes for 77 yards and Denylon Morrissette caught seven passes for 57 yards and one touchdown.
Mill Creek (1-1) got 90 yards rushing from Joshua Battle, who carried 18 times. Quarterback M.J. Patterson completed 10 of 18 passes for 70 yards, but was intercepted twice.
“Really proud of the way we played, especially in the second half,” Brookwood coach Philip Jones said. “They kind of forced us into a ball-control field-position kind of game and our guys made the kind of plays they needed to make in the second half.”
Brookwood had to buckle down after spotting Mill Creek a 10-point lead. The Hawks got on the board with a 54-yard field goal from Brock Pellegrino and a 10-play penalty-aided drive capped by Caleb Downs' 1-yard touchdown run.
Brookwood got on the board with a 80-yard drive aided by a 27-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Lonergan to Conley Davis. The drive was completed when Lonergan found the elusive Morrissette for a 17-yard touchdown.
Mill Creek used a big kickoff return from Khamari Glover to reach midfield when the Hawks made their first mistake. On third-and-8, M.J. Patterson was picked by Groves-Killebrew to kill the drive.
After an exchange of possessions, Brookwood drove for the tying field goal. The Broncos had first-and-goal at the 7, but settled for a 29-yard try from Dan Le Hernandez.
Brookwood took its first lead with 3:29 left in the third quarter. A key third-down reception to Morrissette set up a 51-yard touchdown pass to Groves-Killebrew, who easily beat his defender and ran untouched into the end zone for a 17-10 lead.
Mill Creek answered by driving to the Brookwood 8, but had to settle for a 25-yard field goal from Pellegrino with 9:21 remaining.
“We made some good stops against a very talented team,” Jones said.
That’s when Brookwood put away the game. Diggs, who had been bottled up all night, broke free for a 51-yard touchdown run that stretched the lead to 24-13.
“Right when we needed it,” Jones said. “I know he had a frustrating night, but when we needed it, he came through with a big run. Credit the offensive line. They did a great job.”
Brookwood dashed any hopes for the Hawks when Niles Prince intercepted a pass at midfield.
“I knew they were a good team and we’d have to play hard,” Groves-Killebrew said. “I think we’re getting better every single game. We're going to continue to do that.”