MUNFORD — Skyler Beck and the Brooks Lions used huge second half to defeat Munford 45-35 in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs Friday night.
The Lions (11-1) advance to the quarterfinals and will host Madison County next Friday.
“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.”
In the first half, Munford was able to score on the first four times they touched the football and took a 28-18 lead into halftime. The Brooks defense stepped up in the second half, holding Munford to seven points.
Brooks 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. Deion Bonton capped off the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run for fourth down. The extra point was good to cut the Munford lead to 28-25.
On the ensuing kickoff, Brooks tried and recovered an onside kick at the Munford 39.
Beck then connected with Devan Henson for a 39-yard touchdown to make it 32-28.
Munford’s Monteo Garrett scored from 3-yards out on fourth-and-goal to put Munford ahead 35-32 with 41 seconds left in the third.
Brooks went to its 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.
Munford turned the ball over on downs on its next two possessions deep in their own territory, but Brooks was unable to capitalize.
But after the Brooks defense stopped Munford again, Beck scored on a 2-yard run to seal the 45-35 victory.
Beck finished with 305 yards passing for the Lions.
Munford scored early on a 64-yard fumble return and quickly built a 28-12 lead. Brooks managed to cut the margin to 28-18 at halftime and then rallied in the second half.