By RICK HEAD
ADEL — Cook High scored on five consecutive possessions after falling behind 14-7 to beat visiting Brantley County here Friday night 40-23 in a non-region matchup. The game was played on a soggy field on the Cook High campus after a rainstorm passed through the area before kickoff. There was also some misty conditions throughout the first half before the weather cleared out.
The Hornets (3-2), who have won two straight and 3-of-4 since a 38-6 loss to Ware County in Week 1, scored six seconds before intermission tying the game at 14-all. That was followed by touchdown drives of 70, 63, and 44 with a field goal and a safety mixed in during the opening 17 minutes of the second half.
“Our effort and passion to play was great,” said Brantley County head coach Geoff Cannon, whose team dropped to 0-6. “All of that starts with me. I’ve been lacking in the passion part and that showed the last couple of games. My wife brought that to my attention and that was a wake-up call for me.
“Tonight we had the passion and effort for four quarters. That’s something to look forward to the rest of the season. We came over here with 48 players and there was passion and effort from every one of them.”
The Herons surpassed their point total of the first five games with an 80-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tywon Walker (9-of-16, 161 yards) to a streaking Quinton Walker with 8:52 remaining in the game to cut the deficit to 33-23. The scoring play was the longest of the season for Brantley County, which schematically changed is offense.