More Than The Score

Community and co-op contribute to Broncos' success

When the lights come on in Brookwood Community Stadium, they spotlight more than just the score of a Broncos football game.

“For our student-athletes and fans, ‘Friday night lights’ means football, marching band performances, cheerleaders, food and drink, and most importantly, community pride,” said Jason Dopson, Brookwood High School’s athletic director.

Broncos football has enjoyed exceptional community support since the Snellville school’s opening in 1981. Despite being one of Georgia’s largest high schools, there’s a small-town community feel surrounding Brookwood, said Dopson.

“One of the things I can always count on, and our players and our coaches can count on, is the tremendous following from the Brookwood community,” he said.

Electricity from Walton EMC literally provides the “Friday night lights” for games.

The Broncos play under four banks of lights, each having 20 1,500-watt bulbs.

“There’s just no way we could play a Friday night football game without the assistance and the power that Walton EMC gives us,” Dopson said.

Walton EMC also lights up the scoreboard, powers the stadium sound system, keeps concessions food hot and cold and runs training room equipment.

Dependable electricity powers the essentials of education in Brookwood’s classrooms, too. “A tradition of excellence,” the Gwinnett County school’s motto, is apparent in academics as well as athletics.

For the last two years, the school has claimed the most Georgia Scholars, a recognition honoring the state’s most outstanding seniors in academics and community service. Fifty-seven seniors graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average last spring.

The school’s Science Olympiad team has won the state championship nine consecutive years. Three Brookwood athletic teams claimed state championships in 2018-19.

It’s no coincidence that about 2,000 of Brookwood’s 3,600 students participate in athletics, said Dopson.

“We’re committed to fostering an environment for student-athletes that builds a foundation for academic success and teaches leadership. Then, winning championships follows that,” he said.