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Brooks County used a wave of speed and power on Friday night in Quitman, as the Trojans out of Region 1A marched over the Vidalia Indians 39-7 in round 1 of the GHSA State playoffs.

The Trojans racked up 317 total yards of offense, while holding the Indians to just 140 yards and will now travel to Eastman on Friday to play Dodge County in the second round.

Brooks County wasted no time getting on the board as they took possession after the opening kick and went 65 yards in just under nine minutes to take a 7-0 lead on Jonathon Whites first of four touchdowns of the night, an 11 yard run, to cap a 7 play drive.

Brooks would then recover an onside kick which ended up in controversy, after the Brooks kicker drove the ball into the ground off the tee, which was supposedly not allowed due to 2017 rule changes. However the officials after a lengthy discussion ruled that no violation had occurred and the Trojans retained possession at the Indian 38.

From there Brooks County was able to drive to the 20 yard line before the Indian defense stiffened and forced a 37 yard Field Goal from Tony Velasquez to make the score 13-0 with 5:48 to go in the first quarter.

The Indians offense would go three and out on their next possession and Brooks County would take possession at their own 43 yard line following a 40 yard Tyshon Powell punt with 3:05 to go in the opening qtr.

From there the Trojans went on a 10 play 57 yard drive, converting on three third down plays to make it 17-0 when White powered in from two yards out with just 5 seconds left to go in the first quarter.

The Indians would then get their best drive of the first half, a 9 play 49 yard drive to the Trojan 22 yard line. But Hall Graham’s pass was picked off at the 12 yard line and ended the Indians hopes of putting points on the board in the first half.

Neither team was able to score any more points in the rest of the half, although Brooks was driving and had the ball at the Indian 4 yard line when time expired.

The second half wasn’t any better for the Indians who fumbled the ball on the first snap of the half which was recovered by Brooks County at the Indian 14 yard line. One play later White ran in untouched and following a blocked PAT, the Trojans led 23-0 with 11:38 to go in the third quarter.

The Indians would get their only score of the night following a Trojan fumble which was recovered by Vidalia at the Brooks County 43. The Indians would take just 6 plays to get in the end zone, when Hall Graham took it in from 7 yards out on first down to make it 23-7 following Grady Blount’s PAT with 3:47 to go in the 3rd quarter.

Brooks would answer back with a score of their own on their next possession taking it 55 yards in 5 plays, capped by another White touchdown to make it 30-7 with 2:18 to go in the quarter.

Brooks would get two more scores, including a safety to make it 32-7 with 10:21 to go in the game, and a 55 yard kick return on the ensuing free kick to make it 39-7.

White finished the night with 136 yards and four touchdowns while quarterback Mac Perry finished the night 14 for 21 and 162 yards through the air.

Tahj Watts led the way for the Indians with 58 yards on 18 carries while Hall Graham, who had the only Indian touchdown, had 20 yards on 9 carries,

With the loss, the Indians 2017 season comes to a close with a record of 5-5 and 5-2 in Region 2AA play and made the playoffs for the 6th straight year. The Indians will say goodbye to 15 seniors who have played in four straight state playoffs and finished with a four year record of 34-13 and a Region 2AA Championship. The Indians will return 20 Juniors, 13 Sophomores and 16 Freshman and will also benefit from an very talented 8th grade class which was part of a 36-20 win over West Laurens Saturday to win the Middle Georgia, Middle School Conference Championship.

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