Second ranked Oakland too much for Bruins, 38-21
By Austin Stanley, for the Williamson Herald
The Brentwood Bruins traveled to Murfreesboro Friday night to take on their toughest test so far in the Oakland Patriots (6-0) and fell 38-21.
The Patriot defense was an issue throughout the night for the Bruins (2-4) as their team speed kept the Brentwood running game from getting the edge all night.
“Best defensive team we’ve seen, not even close,” Brentwood coach Mike Woodward said. “They’ve got guys who can run, they’ve got speed to get on the edge and that allows them to keep guys in the box when we try to run something off that jet (sweep).”
One of those Oakland speedsters is Emmanuel Smith, who is committed to Vanderbilt. Smith does nearly everything for the Patriots on defense at linebacker and lining up at quarterback and receiver on offense. Smith got the scoring started early on the game’s opening drive with a 44 yard touchdown catch from Rhett Stacey.
After getting down 21-0 in the second quarter the Bruins struck back, showing some life with a drive orchestrated by quarterback Aaron Maher and receiver Jalen Marsalis. The drive was capped by a 14 yard scoring run by Austin Wells.
Wells scored again on a 99 yard kick-off return in third quarter to make the score 35-14. Wells’ tough play has been acknowledged by his coach all year.
“Every play he plays like it’s his last play,” Woodward said of Wells. “That’s the effort you get out of him. We’ve got a lot of guys that do that. We need a few more. You know when Wells is out there he’s going to give everything he’s got on every play. That’s what happened on the kick return and on the run. When he sees a crease he’ll go and he’ll hit it.”
After a Oakland field goal, the Bruins put one final drive together marching down the field through the air as Maher hit Marsalis, Andy Schumpert and then Caleb Tyler in the end zone from 13 yards out getting to the 38-21 final score.
“It’s important,” Woodward said of the final drive. “It shows the fight our kids have. It shows that they are going to go until the end and give it everything they’ve got. That’s the mindset we have to have as we’re about to hit district games right now. We’re going to need every bit of that fight.”
With four games left for Brentwood including Ravenwood, Independence and Franklin next week, bouncing back from this tough opponent is a must for Woodward’s squad.
“We’ll challenge our guys to keep getting better. And to their credit they have. I still feel like there are some areas from last week to this week we improved. We just played a much better football team. We just need to continue to get better and get ready for Franklin,” Woodward said.
Posted on: 9/28/2013