My how times have changed for the Brookwood Warriors.
Two years ago, the Warriors were a four-win team. Today, Brookwood enters the GISA Class AA playoffs as a state title contender.
Brookwood is 22-3, has a 15-game winning streak on its resume and will play Robert Toombs Academy.
"What we're trying to do is what we've done all season long. We're playing one game at a time," Brookwood coach Ken Johnson said. "That's the way we're looking at it. We're not looking ahead. It's like I told them, I've been here many times. My experience is, we're going to play them one at a time and win one at a time. If you lose, with everything being the best 2-out-of-3, you’ve still got another chance. We're just approaching everything like that, playing it one game at a time. I think they understand that and bought into that. They've bought into it all year long. We're not changing anything really. We're just continuing where we left off.”
If Brookwood is to prevail this weekend, it'll have to do it against a state finalist from last year. Although Robert Toombs is 10-10 this season, it has postseason experience that concerns Johnson, especially with his squad that's comprised of mostly sophomores and juniors.
"They've got some playoff experience which will probably be a big advantage for them," Johnson said. "What we're trying to do is strive for the success we've had this season and continue with that success. We have not lost to a double-A school all year long. We've played some good triple-A teams. We've played some good teams out of Florida and good teams out of Alabama. All of that was in preparation to get to the playoffs."
For full details, see Friday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.