By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
Photo by Reed Galin / email@example.com
Brentwood High School defeated Hillsboro 36-7 Friday night in Green Hills, clinching the District 11-AAA title in the process.
The Bruins (8-0, 4-0) seal up the crown despite having a district game remaining on their schedule by holding the tiebreaker over Independence (6-2, 3-1) thanks to their Week 2 victory in Thompson’s Station.
“It says a lot about our kids and how hard they’ve worked,” first-year Brentwood coach Mark Pemberton said Friday night. “The transition went smooth from Coach (Ron) Crawford to myself. The assistant coaches have done a good job and the kids have worked their butts off.”
Brentwood jumped to an early lead over the Burros as quarterback Austin Winfree capped a seven-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown run less than four minutes into the game. The senior found the end zone on the ground again following a 13-play drive, giving the Bruins a 16-0 lead with 3:04 in the second quarter.
Winfree was not done though, as he connected with running back Ben Green for a 12-yard touchdown pass with 34 seconds remaining in the half to give the visitors a 23-0 advantage.
Brentwood’s defense was dominant again, not allowing a Hillsboro first down until the closing seconds of the second quarter.
Hillsboro’s one scoring drive came in the third quarter, after Brentwood forced the TSSAA’s clock rule into effect. Trailing by 36 points, the Burros drove 82 yards in eight plays, scoring on an Ed Thomas 4-yard run on the last play of the third quarter to pull Hillsboro to 36-7.
Winfree had found Jack Maher on a fourth-and-2 touchdown pass on Brentwood’s opening play of the half while fellow quarterback Aaron Maher reached the end zone on a 4-yard run midway through the quarter.
The win gives Brentwood their fourth district title in five seasons.
“It’s been a tradition here to win district titles,” Pemberton said. “We’re very pleased with it, but it’s not our ultimate goal.”
Posted on: 10/12/2012