Brentwood blasts Dickson County 33-3
By Doug Dyer, for the Williamson Herald
Big plays on both sides of the ball were Brentwood’s formula for success Friday night against Dickson County.
The Bruins’ defense held the Cougars to just 34 yards of total offense and sacked Dickson QBs eight times while the offense had three scoring plays of 40 yards or more in a 33-3 victory.
“We want to get those big chunk plays to build momentum in our favor,” running back Austin Wells said. “We’ve really been focusing on the big play.”
After starting the season 0-3, Brentwood (2-3, 1-1 District 11-AAA) has rebounded with solid performances the last two weeks. The secret has been in the preparation, Wells said.
“We’re learning how to practice like a winning team,” he said. “Our focus is better, and we’ve practiced a lot better.”
Better practicing has led to better execution on both sides of the ball. The Bruins’ longest scoring drive was four plays, and they scored on one-play drives two different times against the Cougars – a 49-yard touchdown pass from Maher to Andy Schumpert and a 77-yard TD run from Wells.
Most of the Brentwood drives were set up by the stifling play of the defense, however. Dickson County (0-5, 0-2) finished with -33 yards rushing, which includes the eight sacks for -67 yards.
“They’ve been working hard at stopping the run more, and they did a good job of that,” Maher said. “The defensive line was huge with those sacks.”
Maher was the offensive leader for Brentwood, with 232 yards of total offense, two passing TDs and an 81-yard rushing TD that got things rolling for the Bruins in the first quarter. Wells finished with 93 rushing yards on 10 carries.
“I think this shows we’ve played in some close games, and when we execute, we should be able to play with anybody we want,” Wells said. “We think this tough schedule will pay off in the long run.”
After two drives sputtered to start the game, Maher found daylight on the edge and outran the defense to make it 7-0 Bruins with 1:47 left in the first quarter.
Maher found the end zone again early in the second, hitting Jacob Adcock with a 23-yard TD pass. The Cougars had two long drives in the second quarter, but they were only able to muster a Jacob Williams 41-yard field goal to make the score 21-3 at the halftime break.
Dickson got the ball to start the third, but the Bruin D came up big again, tackling Cougar back Kincaid Lewis in the end zone for a safety after the drive started at the 9-yard line.
Trace Halpern’s 36-yard field goal and Wells’ 77-yard TD run made up the rest of the scoring for the Bruins, while the stagnant Cougar offense was unable to move the football until the Brentwood backups entered the game in the fourth quarter.
Up next for the Bruins will be a trip to Murfreesboro Friday to take on perennial 6A state contender Oakland.
Posted on: 9/21/2013