BA Eagles back on a roll, down Baylor
By Doug Dyer, for the Williamson Herald
Brentwood Academy scored on its first three drives and never let Baylor get its offensive footing Friday night, as the Eagles took a 36-10 victory on homecoming.
Four different players scored touchdowns for BA (6-3, 3-2 Division II-AA), and quarterback Tyler Swafford accounted for three of the team’s five TDs – one rushing and two passing.
“We feel like we’re in a groove right now,” Swafford said. “If we do our job, good things are going to happen.”
Baylor (5-3, 2-2) was held in check for most of the game, and the Red Raiders did not score in the second half. Even with 106 yards and a TD from tailback George Porter, Baylor was unable to find consistency on the offensive side, but that was courtesy of the BA defense.
“I give a lot of credit to our kids,” BA coach Cody White said. “They played extremely well in the first half. We gave up a couple big plays to their running back, but I was pleased with how these guys responded.”
And despite the relentless pace they put on with the hurry-up offense, BA is no stranger to driving the ball the length of the field when the need arises. The Eagles’ longest drive of the night was 13 plays covering 80 yards.
Swafford, who hit on his first 11 passes before throwing an incompletion, got everyone involved with the offense, connecting with six different receivers. He finished 20-of-25 for 184 yards and the two TDs.
Having so many weapons is a good problem to have, he said.
“Every player we put out there is a threat,” Swafford said. “It’s a great thing for our offense to know whoever I throw to is going to get the job done.”
“We’ve got some kids who are really talented,” White said. “I’m really proud of Tyler and how accurate he is with the football.”
The Eagles have now won four straight, just after losing three straight, including two region games – A 24-20 loss to Father Ryan and 29-22 against MBA. Now comes the bye week and a chance for everyone to regroup before the Eagles take on Ensworth in two weeks to close out the regular season.
“We went through a trial there during the middle of the season, and I think it says that much more about our guys that we took our lumps, made the corrections and now we’re playing really good football,” Swafford said.
BA was firing on all cylinders to start the game, opening up with two TDs in the first quarter, with one requiring a two-point conversion to make it 15-0 after one.
It looked as if Baylor was going to make a game of it when Porter scored on a 46-yard run to make it 15-7 early in the second quarter, but the only other points the Raiders could come up with was a Rafael Gaglianone 24-yard field goal as the second quarter clock expired.
Swafford threw his two TDs in the first half, a 13-yarder to Coutrell Plair and a 15-yarder to C.J. Sanders. Sanders also scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter.
Swafford had his 9-yard TD run in the third quarter, and Jacob Cretin capped things off for BA with a 1-yard plunge at the 5:52 mark of the fourth quarter.
Posted on: 10/18/2013