The junior rushed for 181 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 364 yards and four more scores as the Thunder gained their second win of the season, as well as their second regional victory.
“We played to the end,” Jacksonville Christian coach Tommy Miller said. “I feel good about the win.”
Coosa received first but had to punt away after a short drive. Jacksonville Christian was unable to capitalize on their first possession as well, resulting in a turnover on downs.
The Conquerors next possession looked promising, starting with a 52-yard from junior quarterback Johnny Grizzard, followed by a first-down run from running back Benjamin Mills.
Two downs later, Jacksonville Christian recovered a fumble, and on the next play, junior Kris Armprester took a long pass for a 70-yard touchdown, putting the Thunder up 7-0 at the end of the first.
Coosa answered at the start of the second with a 49-yard touchdown run from Mills.
The rest of the half was a shootout with both teams scoring on every possession.
Toward the end of the half, a quarterback keeper led to another touchdown for Brackett, and on the kickoff the Thunder recovered the ball after it bounced off a Coosa defender.
Jacksonville went into half time with a seven-point lead over Coosa 34-27.
The third quarter saw a much more aggressive defense from Jacksonville Christian. The Thunder held Coosa to no points the whole quarter while putting up three more touchdowns.
Armprester completed a touchdown pass, and Brackett returned a kickoff for an 85-yard run into the end zone. Senior running back Cody Blohm scored on a carry at the end of the third.
The Conquerors rallied back in the fourth. Grizzard took in two keepers, and freshman Isaac Hamby completed a touchdown pass bringing Coosa up to 48.
A short carry from Brackett late in the fourth sealed the victory for the Thunder.
“We’re still young, and we’re still finding ways to shoot ourselves in the foot,” Coosa head coach Scott Clifton said. “We’ve got to learn to overcome adversity.”
Miller said that the success of his defense in the third quarter was due to last minute adjustments during the half: “I didn’t know if they were going to work or not, but they did.”