It was a classic rivalry renewed Friday night as the Brookwood Broncos hosted the hated Panthers of Parkview. A game each team circles on the schedule every year, this battle of two top 10 teams in the state certainly did not disappoint. It was a fantastic game all the way through, as the Broncos edged out the Panthers in overtime 24-23
The biggest Georgia target in the game had to be Brookwood linebacker Leonard Warner. Warner didn't look like an elite prospect out there, but he certainly looks the part at 6-foot-4 225 pounds. There were a few plays I thought he could have made in the run game, but he was all around the football most of the game. He's a big kid who can really run for his size, and has the ability to make a play on the football. He had an impressive interception in the second half that he took 37 yards almost for a touchdown. Three Panther players had to fight as hard as they could just to bring him down. The Panthers had success running on Warner and the Broncos defense early, but they really stepped up big on defense in the second half.
Brookwood Matthew Hill was the most explosive Bronco on Friday night, a top receiver prospect in 2018, Hill played all over the offense for Brookwood, and they made sure they got him the ball early and often. He's not the biggest guy at 6-foot-0 162-pounds, but he's athletic and makes plays throughout the game. He has reliable hands, he runs hard through defenders, and has the speed to beat defensive backs down field. Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, among others have offered the second-ranked WR prospect in Georgia so far. The Georgia staff might not like his size, but he's explosive and athletic enough to play with the best at the next level. They need to offer sooner than later.
Another Bronco who had a big night was tackle prospect Casey Holman. He was impressive this summer at the MVP camp, and is having a great junior season so far. The 6-foot-5 270-pound tackle was dominant on Friday night, and was mauling his defender on almost every play. He was great in pass protection, and good things happened when the Broncos ran behind him in the run game. Miami has recently offered, and I'm expecting more too as well.
I've been talking about Malik Washington all offseason, and the Parkview athlete just continues to impress. Once again, Washington played all over the field, and made big plays when it mattered most. He made nice tackles on defense, including a key forced fumble and recovery in the second half that gave Parkview the momentum it needed. As a receiver, it was important he touched the ball as much as possible. He showed great quickness with the ball, he's instinctive, and displayed good balance when escaping defenders for extra yards. He's a little undersized at 5-foot-10 185-pounds, but he's a strong kid who makes much bigger than his size. Washington was deadly at QB when running the read option, something Parkview should have done more of earlier in the game. He certainly has the chance to be one of the top athlete/defensive back prospects in the south for the 2019 class.
Panther running back Christian Malloy was impressive as well. The 2018 back showed good power and burst early in the game on a long run, and ran hard between the tackles all night. Malloy is guy who could start collecting more interest from smaller schools as the season goes on.