After winning the school’s first football championship in a decade, Brentwood Academy coach Cody White knows there is no rest in one of the most competitive leagues in the state, but the Eagles will be ready.
BA looks to continue its winning tradition with senior quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall back under center to lead the Eagle offense. An all-state performer a year ago, he accounted for more than 3,000 yards of total offense and 26 touchdowns. Having his experience directing traffic will be crucial to BA’s quest to defend its title.
With the likes of Ensworth, MBA and Father Ryan waiting on the schedule, White knows there are no weeks off in his league.
“I laugh at anyone who says they play in a more competitive league than we do,” he said. “But our kids have been in big situations.”
Lining up out wide to catch Oatsvall passes will be juniors Camron Johnson, Daniel Taylor and Michael Archie, along with seniors Lawrence Segree and Thomas Ozburn.
Johnson was the most dynamic of that group in 2015, with 47 receptions for 982 yards and eight TDs.
Stepping in to carry the football this year will be junior Marcos Harris, who saw limited action last season but will play a huge role in the BA offense. Junior Gavin Schoenwald will primarily be at tight end but can move around to carry the football and also play QB if necessary. Senior Jack McDonald will line up at H-back to run and pass block, along with occasionally carry the ball in short yardage situations.
Up front on offense will be one of the focus points early for the Eagles, with senior Elijah Teat as one of the few with experience from last year. The 6-4, 285-pound lineman is a returning starter who will help anchor the offensive line.
Back on the defensive line will be senior Josh Higgs, who had 59 total tackles in 2015 and earned all-region honors. Joining him on the line will be senior Charlie Waldrop and junior Airin Spell, both of whom saw action last season.
All three starting linebackers return for the Eagles, with Easton Cline, Jeremiah Pittman and McDonald patrolling the middle of the defense. Cline grabbed two interceptions and forced a fumble for the Eagles last season.
Leading the secondary will be senior safety Evan Beddoe, who recorded 56 total tackles last year and snagged four interceptions. Also in the defensive backfield will be Schoenwald and Taylor.
BA’s skill all over the defense will be one of its strengths this fall, White said.
The Eagles will have plenty of challenges out of their league as well, matching up with Trinity from Louisville, Olive Branch, Miss. and A+ Academy from Dallas.