SPARTANBURG – If Broome’s going to make a deep run in the 3A playoffs, the Centurions know they’re going to have to show some offensive balance.
In the final week before region play and the push toward the post-season began, Kamajay Brackett-Brannon showed he’s more than capable of providing it.
While the Centurions were running wild over Woodruff, with 336 yards on the ground on the way to a 55-14 win over Woodruff, Brackett-Brannon was quietly showing off his arm.
He rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, adding 155 yards and two more scores through the air. That’s far from his best passing night of the year, but two throws should’ve opened some eyes. The first was a 36-yard completion to Tre’Sean Suber that Brackett-Brannon put into a tiny window, setting Broome up at the Woodruff 3 and leading to a score. The second came on 4th-and-3 deep in Woodruff territory near the end of the first half. Brackett-Brannon zipped an absolute dart to Tristan Cromer in the end zone, Cromer made a good catch, and Broome had six more.
Brackett-Brannon said lots of off-season work had helped him sharpen his skills.
“I think sometimes people see my speed and they don’t think I can throw the ball that well,” Brackett-Brannon said. “Thank you to Coach Fleming. We were out here all summer, just throwing the ball. We probably threw the ball 10,000 times this summer.”
The second passing TD was all Suber. He collected a pass that looked to be setting up a screen before slipping down and nearly falling. He put a hand on the ground, steadied himself, and was off to the races, dashing in for a 69-yard TD.
Broome’s talented backfield provided plenty of pop, too. Jaylen McGill had a short night, with just 15 carries. Those went for 174 yards, though, as McGill ran for 27 yards on the first play from scrimmage, had eight runs of 10 yards or more, and ended his evening with a 54-yard TD on his first carry of the second half. He scored twice on the night, and Darren Crook added 23 rushing yards and another TD.
“It was a personal game,” McGill said. “This was the team that kicked us out of the playoffs last year, and we beat them in the regular season. We just had to come back. That’s a great organization over there. They planned for us. They had a great defensive scheme and a great offensive scheme, but we just wanted it.”
Broome also showed plenty of defensive muscle. They harassed Woodruff QB TJ Morris all night, and Cromer was outstanding, with a pair of interception returns for touchdowns.
“Our defense has played phenomenal all year long,” Broome coach Lynn Fleming said. “We’ve had two bad quarters, and other than that they’ve really done a tremendous job all year. They’re playing fast, they’re creating a lot of turnovers, and they’ve just been tremendous.”
Snoop Green and Aiden Gibson provided Woodruff’s touchdowns.