“Alex brings everything,” Jones said. “He’s extremely high character, he’s a leader and challenges everyone to play to a higher level. Then he goes out and performs every Friday night to the standards that he sets.”
Lonergan completed 13 of 23 passes for 214 yards and one touchdown and ran for 64 yards and one touchdown. Stone Bonner caught three passes for 45 yards and Niles Prince caught two for 66 yards.
Newton’s versatile tailback Rontravious Perry ran 12 times for 90 yards and quarterback Jevarra Martin completed 8 of 15 passes for 26 yards, but was sacked three times and held to 2 yards on nine carries.
The Broncos scored their first points with 6:46 left in the first half. A 36-yard pass from Lonergan to Diggs set up an 8-yard touchdown run for Diggs. Brookwood went up 14-0 on a 14-yard pass from Lonergan to Diggs with 3:21 left in the half.
“Our offense probably plays best when it plays fast,” Jones said. “But as we settled into the game, we learned it was one of those games where they were likely going to struggle to move the ball on us. So it really needed to be more of a field-position game.”
Newton got its only points with 4:56 left on the fumble recovery, but the Broncos blocked the extra point to hold the score at 14-6.
Brookwood wasn’t able to answer with a touchdown, but punted the ball dead at the 1. Newton couldn’t move it and an ensuing 9-yard punt set the Broncos up at 15. On the first play, Diggs went for the score, dragging a pile of blockers and would-be tacklers with him into the end zone.
The Broncos finished the game with Lonergan scoring from the 1 with 14 seconds left.