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Quitman community catches glimpse of Brooks County's championship game preparation

Posted at 11:33 PM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 23:33:35-05

QUITMAN, Ga. - WTXL — Back in familiar territory, the Brooks County Trojan football team is now just two days away from their state title game, against defending class A champions Irwin County. Head coach Maurice Freeman and his team hit the field for some post-Christmas practice earlier today, but they weren’t alone.

That’s because the Trojan faithful made their presence known at Veterans Stadium. You would’ve thought it was gameday in Quitman. A police escort led the team to practice, where the community caught a glimpse of the team putting together their final touches for Monday night’s state title game. A special afternoon for this team, looking to bring back their first state championship since 1994.

“Oh man it’s awful special to see the band, the cheerleaders, our fans come out and drink a little hot chocolate, buying tickets. I didn’t expect really anyone to be out here for this, but for them to come out like this, it’s meaningful to us," said Freeman.

“I feel like we have a big community that really supports us, really helps us. And it’s really heartwarming that they came out in the cold and supported us," says Brooks County senior defensive end Joaquinn Dawson.

“It’s definitely special for our community to come out here and join us because we’ve been wanting a state championship for like 26 years now. So we’re just trying to get it," adds senior defensive end J'shawn Baker.

The GHSA class A-public state title game kicks off at 7 p.m. Monday night in Atlanta.