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Brentwood Academy returns home to defeat McCallie, 39-16

Brentwood Academy unveiled its fully completed renovated stadium Friday night with an offensive clinic to beat McCallie 39-16.

The Eagles’ speed on the outside showcased the new top-of-the-line field turf as two screen passes went for BA touchdowns.

On the game’s opening drive quarterback Tyler Swafford hit CJ Sanders on a middle screen that ended in a 20 yard scamper to the end zone. The game’s final touchdown came when Swafford found Dawson Knox, who took a screen 42 yards.

“We’ve got a really outstanding receiving corp, we’ve got some lineman that can run so obviously we like to take advantage of our strengths,” Eagles coach Cody White said on the screen game.

“We were able to run the ball well tonight, other than some penalty issues making it a struggle,” White said. “If it weren’t for that we didn’t get stopped all night. Really pleased with us offensively.”

Running by committee is how the Eagles’ offense operates. Shon Lumpkins and Shawn Brashers both broke down the defense inside and outside. However, Sanders and defensive end, Derek Barnett each had short touchdowns on the ground.

The biggest play of the night came in the third quarter when Brandon Taylor returned a punt 73 yards to make the score 31-10. It was a short punt that Taylor allowed to bounce to the turf and take a McCallie roll. After a McCallie player touched the ball, he failed to pick it up and off went Taylor weaving his way to the end zone.

“It’s one of those deals you work on every Thursday,” White said. “You talk to your guys and if they touch it and they let it lay then you pick it up and make something happen because you don’t get penalized for it. He saw it, and did a great job listening to what we said and took it to the house.”

White was quick to acknowledge the talent on the other side of the field in the McCallie Blue Tornado. Quarterback JaVaughn Craig is a dangerous dual threat player that can beat defenses through the air or with his legs. When running back Andrew Busby tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter with a 26 yard run White knew the talent his team was facing.

“Well I’ll tell you what, it’s not just their quarterback. He’s good but they’ve got a lot of guys that are good. They are going to be outstanding for a few years to come. Those guys are young. They’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.”

Playing a game at Carlton Flatt Field was comforting for the Eagles as their only previous home game was back on August 30th. With spectacular renovations to the field, track, scoreboard, concessions and more, White is nothing but impressed.

“We’re really really pleased and so happy that our patrons were willing. That’s a lot of people that donated a lot of money to make this happen. These kids are lucky to get to play in a place like this. It was nice to get back home.”

Posted on: 10/11/2013


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