Brentwood earned their 200th win in school history Friday night, defeating Wilson Central 35-0 in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Turnovers proved to be a key factor in the Bruin victory as Brentwood won the battle 4-0.
“We felt like if we could cause some turnovers we could get some things done,” Bruin coach Mark Pemberton said after the game. “I’m really proud of our kids. I thought it was a pretty dominating performance.”
The Bruins (10-1) capitalized early following a Luke Lea fumble recovery on the second play from scrimmage. Brentwood would drive 57 yards in 13 plays, ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Austin Winfree.
Following a David Meehan 3-yard touchdown run with 7:44 in the second quarter, the Wildcats (8-3) put themselves in scoring position before quarterback Jordan Roundtree was intercepted by J.B. Calton in the end zone.
Brentwood took advantage of Roundtree’s ill-advised pass nine plays later as Winfree had another 1-yard touchdown run. The score was set up by a 30-yard completion from Aaron Maher to Andy Schumpert on third-and-14 in which the junior receiver fought off two Wilson Central defenders to make the catch just shy of the goal line.
“It was third-and-forever,” Pemberton said. “We just said let’s throw it up and see if Andy can go up and make a play. He went up between two guys - and he’s 6-foot-5 so he gets up over people and makes plays.”
Schumpert finished the night with three catches for 93 yards.
Turnovers followed Wilson Central into the second half as the Wildcats muffed a punt with 10:25 in the third quarter, recovered by Jake Driver. Three plays later, Anthony Caldwell put Brentwood on top 28-0 on an 8-yard run.
Isaac Martinez put the clock rule on Wilson Central with a 7-yard touchdown with 5:39 remaining in the game.
Nine Bruins combined to out-rush Wilson Central 270 to 75. Martinez led the team with 67 yards on 18 carries.
Calton intercepted Roundtree on Wilson Central’s following play, preserving the Brentwood shutout.
Pemberton was complementary of Wilson Central’s athleticism after the game and praised his squad for keeping them off the scoreboard.
“Any time you put a goose egg up in the playoffs, that’s a heck of a job defensively,” he said.
Brentwood advances to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs where they will host No. 6 seed Overton.