A hot start staked Woodlawn to an early lead, and the Panthers were able to keep Madison Prep at arm’s length the rest of the game Friday night at Woodlawn.

With quarterback Charles Brooks throwing for two scores and running for two more, Class 5A Woodlawn rolled to a 35-16 win over the Chargers.

Woodlawn scored on its first four possessions, including a trio of three-play drives in the first quarter. Madison Prep (1-1) got as close as 20-16 in the second, but Woodlawn (2-0) took a 28-16 lead into the half.

The final score came on a short scoring run by Brooks in the third quarter. He later left the game after taking a hard shot to the head early in the fourth quarter.

Brooks completed 13 of his first 15 passes and finished the game 15 of 22 for 232 yards with no interceptions. Javin Myers led the Panthers’ ground attack with 136 yards and a score on 12 carries.

Madison Prep’s duo of quarterback Charrod Brumfield and receiver Otis Dunmars hooked up six times and provided most of the Chargers’ highlights. Dunmars caught a 5-yard touchdown pass and a pair of two-point conversions.

Overall, Woodlawn dominated the statistics outgaining MPA 441 to 138, but the Panthers had trouble putting away the Class 1A Chargers. Part of the trouble was 12 Woodlawn penalties for 105 yards.

“We made mistakes at critical times that gave them a little life and let them back into it,” Woodlawn coach Brett Beard said. “We roughed their punter on fourth and long when we could have really started to hit that gas pedal.

“But, 1A up to 5A, they’re a good football team, and if you give them some life, they’re going to fight.”

Following the opening kickoff, Woodlawn took over at the WHS 32. Brooks hit Dominique Jackson in the right flat for what turned into a 38-yard gain. Myers picked up 23 yards on an option before Brooks kept for a 2-yard touchdown.

After a three-and-out, MPA series, Woodlawn wasted little time moving to its second score. Brooks hit Ashton Johnson in the left flat, and he broke free for a 67-yard gain. Myers scored on the next play from 3 yards out.

Aided by the roughing the punter penalty, MPA drove to its first score on the next series. Brumfield sneaked in for the score, then hit Dunmars for the conversion.

With four minutes left in the first, Woodlawn led 14-8, but it wasn’t done.

With the offense starting at the WHS 40 after the kickoff, Brooks hit Jackson for a 35-yard gain. One play later, off a play fake, Brooks hit a wide open Courtlen Walker for a 25-yard score.

“Being a 1-A team playing a 5A school, I think our guys were a little starstruck (at the start),” MPA coach Michael Roach said. “They had to settle down a little bit.

“We had a couple of blown coverages that gave them some big plays early. But take nothing away, (Brooks) can play. He made the plays when he had to, especially converting third downs.”

The teams traded scores in the second quarter. MPA finished off a 10-play, 80-yard drive on a 5-yard Brumfield to Dunmars connection. The Chargers also were helped by two Woodlawn holding penalties on the drive.

Woodlawn came right back with a 13-play, 67-yard drive to push the lead to 28-16. The Panthers converted three third downs before Brooks found Jackson for a 9-yard touchdown on third-and-1 at the MPA 9.