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BA scores early in win over BGA

Brentwood Academy scored touchdowns on five of their first six drives Friday night on their way to a 41-7 win over Battle Ground Academy at Carlton Flatt Field.

The Eagles (6-1, 4-0) led the Wildcats (4-4, 1-4) 14-0 four plays into the game. BA drove the field in three plays after receiving the opening kickoff, finding the end zone on a 12-yard run by quarterback Max Staver. Moments later, on BGA’s first offensive play, C.J. Sanders recovered a Keenan Bass fumble and returned it 27 yards for a score.

“Every play you want to score on,” said BA coach Cody White of his team’s early success. “We’ve got some talented kids and we’ve got some guys who are playing well. Hopefully we’re improving because – in the long run – it won’t be like this every time.”

Running back D’Montre Wade put BA up 21-0 midway through the opening quarter on a 1-yard run.

Eagle receivers made their mark in the second quarter as Southern Cal commit Jalen Ramsey scored on an 11-yard slant pattern, Sanders on an acrobatic 28-yard catch in traffic, and Justin Anderson on a 10-yard screen pass. Anderson’s touchdown was thrown by backup quarterback Tyler Swafford.

Trailing 41-0 at halftime and facing a running clock, BGA got on the scoreboard with a 65-yard touchdown pass from Tucker Beathard to Jordan Tutler on third-and-10 with 5:35 remaining in the contest.

The score prevented BA from their second shutout of the season. Their first came three weeks prior in a 62-0 win over Pope John Paul II.

Even without the shutout, the Eagle defense has been strong in 2012. The unit has allowed 83 points to this point in the season, second best in Division II-AA behind Ensworth’s 83.

“Our kids, defensively, we’re going to hang our hat there,” White said of his defense. “That’s what we’re doing. Our kids have bought in and are doing a great job.”

Staver was 9-for-12 passing with two touchdowns in addition to his rushing score for BA while Swafford went 4-for-8 with a score.

Beathard was 7-of-11 passing for 102 yards while Bass ran for 76 yards on 18 carries for BGA.

Multiple quarterbacks seeing the field were expected for BA and not a result of in-game injury according to White.

“We went in knowing we were going to play two series with Max and one with Tyler,” he said. “There’s (no injury concern).”

BA looks add on to their six-game win streak Friday with a Homecoming game against Father Ryan while BGA has an off week before finishing their 2012 regular season with games against Father Ryan and Baylor.



Posted on: 10/5/2012


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