DAWSON -- If you predicted at the beginning of the season that the Warriors would win the Region 3-AA championship, you would have been only half right.
The Warriors did, in fact, win the championship but it was the Warriors from Brookwood who reigned supreme as they demolished the Warriors from Southwest Georgia Academy, 53-23, on Friday night in Dawson in the Region 3-AA championship.
One key reason for the lopsided score between two teams that had split their regular-season meetings was the loss of SGA's star player, senior Parker Adams, who suffered a concussion after being elbowed in the back of the head on a rebound attempt during the opening moments of the game.
"I probably should have taken him out before I did," said SGA coach David Byrne, who allowed Adams to try to continue before pulling him from the game midway through the first," We called a couple of timeouts and (Adams) came over and did not know where he was."
Without Adams -- who scored 33 in the Warriors' upset win Thursday against Fullington -- SGA struggled to get into its offensive sets, which Brookwood keyed on and exploited.
"It was a big shock for us because in the past four games he has scored 30 (plus) for us," Byrne said. "When you take him off the floor, the rest of the guys out there are just young."
SGA stumbled out of the gate offensively and didn't score its first points until 2:26 left in the first quarter, but was already down 10-1.
Jacob Dennis led all scorer with 14 points for Brookwood and Taylor Bragg added 12 more, while McKinley Chambless and Ray Spooner led SGA with seven each.
"I told my guys that I am proud of them," Byrne said of coming up short. "SGA has not been close to getting to a region championship game in 20 years, so for us to accomplish this (is good)."
SGA's season is not done as it will enter the state tournament next week as No. 2 seed.
"We're still fine and hopefully we get Parker Back," Byrne said.