This Friday night the Metter Tigers will host their third straight playoff game as the Brooks County Trojans come to town for a quarterfinal contest. There are only eight teams left standing in the state playoffs and that is quite an incredible accomplishment. The Tigers will certainly be looking to take advantage of playing in The Jungle and a chance to advance to the final four.
Another home game was certainly not a sure thing as action started this past Friday, but Brooks County upset the number two ranked team in AA football. The Trojans beat the undefeated Rockmart Yellowjackets 41-3 which meant that Metter, as the higher seed, would get to host at least one more home game.
Brooks County will come into the game with an 8-4 overall record, and they finished second in their region as runner ups to Thomasville. The Brooks County Trojans are led by head coach Maurice Freeman, and he has coached the team since 2008. Coach Freeman has an impressive record in the last 11 seasons, having made the playoffs every single year since he took over the program. The Trojans have won five region championships and advanced to the semifinals four of those years.
This isn’t Coach Freeman’s first stop in Brooks County, in fact, he led the Trojans from 1994-1997 and even won the Class A State Championship back in 1994.
The offensive attack of Brooks County will look very similar to what we saw last week with Union County. Brooks County runs a pistol spread attack, but relies more on the rushing game than the pass. They will go no huddle, but move at a slower pace. The offense is led by quarterback Ni’tavion Burrus, a Junior who has thrown for over 1400 yards and rushed for over 400. He has scored 22 touchdowns on the year. Burrus is not a pocket passer, he likes to roll out towards the sideline and either pass the ball or tuck it and run based on what the defense gives him.
Then Burrus throws the ball he spreads the ball around nicely, with three receivers each having over 300 yards on the season. When Burrus hands it off it will be to Omari Arnold who has over 1,200 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Defensively, the Trojans will stack the box, pin their ears back, and try to shut down the Metter rushing attack.
It will be a great night of football in The Jungle, and the Tigers need all the support they can get. Kick-off will be at 7:30, so come out and experience playoff football under the
Friday night lights.