“That’s a really good offense,” Munford head coach Will Wagnon said. “They have been a really good offense all year and we knew that. There are a couple things that we could have easily done better defensively, but for the most part, we fought hard. We got after it, but at the end of the day, they came out on top. Offensively, in the first half we played awesome, but in the second half, we missed some blocks and we did some things that we usually don’t do. That cost us. I knew we had to score every time and I told them at half time, ‘look guys we are up 28-18, but as good as their offense is we need to play like we are tied or behind, because they can score at any moment’ and they did.”
It was a tale of two halves for the Lions. In the first half, Munford was able to score the first four times they touched the football and took a 28-18 lead into halftime. The second half the Lions’ offense struggled as they only put up seven points, which wasn’t good enough to keep up with Brook’s how-powered offense.
The visiting Lions put together an 82-yard drive for a score to open the third quarter. Beck picked apart Munford’s secondary during the drive as he completed passes of 21,31 and 14 yards. Darious Bonton capped off the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good to cut the Munford lead to 28-25.
On the ensuing kick off, Brooks tried and recovered an onside kick at the Munford 39-yard line.
It didn’t take Brooks long to make the Lions pay. On the first play of the possession, Beck connected with Devan Henson for a 39-yard touchdown to make it 32-28.
Monteo Garrett and Lions put together their lone scoring drive of the second half on their ensuing possession. Garrett displayed his arm and legs on the drive. The junior rushed for 35 yards and threw for 29 more on the drive. His 13-yard completion to Tweety Richardson for set up first-and-goal. Garrett scored from 3 yards out on fourth and goal to put Munford ahead 35-32 with 41 seconds left in the third.
Beck and the Lions offense proved to be too much for the Lions defense to handle in the second half.
Brooks went to their ground game on their next possession. Raekeal Beasley rushed for 27 yards around left end down to the Lions’ 2-yard line. Bonton scored from 2 yards out to put Brooks back on top 38-35.
The Lions turned the ball over on downs their next two possessions deep in their own territory.
Munford was able to keep Brooks off the scoreboard the first time as it missed a 32-yard field goal.
The Lions turned the football over on downs on their next possession. Garrett was stopped short on a quarterback keeper on fourth-and-four to give Brooks the ball at the Munford 25-yard line.
Munford’s defense had a chance to the give the offense another chance to go for the win, but a pass interference call on Munford on fourth-and-four from the 8 gave Brooks a new set of downs. Beck scored from 2 yards out to seal its 45-35 victory.
“We call them the cardiac kids,” Hill said. They just find a way to win and refuse to lose. On defense, we looked real suspect in the first half, but we gave up one touchdown in the second half. Our coaches did a great job of making some adjustments. Our kids played really hard and defense won that game. They have a ton of athletes over there. It is one of those games where you hate to see someone lose, because those are two good football teams.”
Garrett led the Lions offense with 265 passing yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed for 131 yards on 21 carries.
On Brooks’ first possession of the game, Beck fumbled the football. Munford’s Quendarius Taylor recovered the football and took it in for a 64-yard touchdown. Garrett scored from 5-yards out to make it 14-6 in the second quarter. The junior ran for a 73-yard touchdown and threw for a 25-yard touchdown to Christopher Chapman to give the Lions a 28-12 advantage.
The Lions are losing 15 seniors off this season’s team that finished with an 8-4 record.
“We have some great seniors, Wagnon said. “Just like I told last year’s seniors when we went 5-5 and didn’t have a losing season. They turned it around. Now, these seniors took us to another level. Hopefully, this will be a program builder that we continue to build on.”