Lions host Brooks in round 2
by LAVONTE YOUNG
MUNFORD- The Munford Lions host Brooks tonight in the second round of the Class 4A Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs. This is the first time since 2005 that the Lions been in the second round and this is the first time in 15 years that they host a second round game.

The Lions defense came up with big stops when they needed them in the first round victory over Fairview. The Lions recovered a fumble on a quarterback-running back exchange. A few plays later Monteo Garrett sealed the victory with a 84-yard touchdown run to make it 41-27.

The Lions (8-3) racked up 596 yards of total offense against Fairview. Garrett was responsible for 453 yards (200 rushing and 252 passing) and four touchdowns. Calvin Smith also had a strong game as he rushed for a 103 yards on nine carries. Kyle Franklin caught four passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.

For the season, Garrett has 1,469 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with 1,409 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Lions have won seven games when head coach Will Wagnon says ‘no comment’ on Thursdays when The Daily Home shows up at the field house for an interview.

No.9 Brooks (10-1) enter tonight’s game looking to increase their winning streak to seven games and more importantly move on to the third round of the playoffs. Last week, the orange and black Lions defeated DAR, 42-20.

Skylar Beck led the way with 190 passing yards and three touchdowns.

He also rushed for 65 yards and six carries.

Slowing down dual threat quarterback was a problem last week against Fairview. Last week, Luke Bailey rushed for 177 yards and threw for 205 yards. Wagnon believes that was one of best athletes he has ever coached against.

“That’s one of the better players I’ve coached against,” Wagnon said of Bailey. “He’s a special player, and he had a great game tonight. Fairview does a good job of picking you apart with the short game, so we decided to take away the short game, and if they beat us deep it has to be a perfect throw. We knew we couldn’t sit back and let No. 7 pick us apart, because we knew that was very possible.”

On the season, Brooks averages 43,7 points per game and allows 25.4 per game.

Winning the turnover battle, sustaining drives for points not allow the big play are three vital keys for Munford if they look to send Brooks into basketball season.

Contact LaVonte Young at lyoung@dailyhome.com.
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