QUITMAN, Ga. (WTXL) - The Brooks County Trojans are always a team in the running when it comes to postseason competition. While they may have fallen short of a State Championship last season, they're after hardware this time around.
After posting a 5-1 mark in Region play, the Trojans fell last year in the 2A State Semifinals. Head coach Maurice Freeman said Brooks County returns a "nice nucleus" of performers, including six guys back on offense, five back on defense, and 21 seniors.
Among those returning? Demontay Jones, who three for over 1500 yards last season, as well as 6'4 receiver Nate Vick.
To get over the hump and win a title, Freeman said the Trojans will have to get over a serious depth issue, as well as tighten up on defense, but he said some tough offseason work has prepared his guys for a postseason run.
"The pressure is always on, and I put the pressure on myself and my staff," the veteran coach said. "We've got to make sure our young people understand that listen, nobody is giving us anything. In 7 on 7's, we always try and play someone that's better then us, Lowndes and thomasville Central and folks like that that are much larger schools. That kind of keeps you a little calm and keeps your head from getting too big when you're going up against teams like that that are very experienced and got guys that don't have to play both ways and are going to speed the game up and make you work hard."
The Trojans get right in to a tough schedule, starting Friday the 14th as they host Cook County in a jamboree. They open up the regular season at home against Ware County.