By Austin Stanley, for the Williamson Herald
The Brentwood Academy defense pitched a second half shut out to shock the Ensworth Tigers 36-10, ending a 29 game win streak.
The Eagles forced six turnovers from Ensworth that put their offense in good situations and forced the Tigers to change its offensive personality.
“Ensworth had to get out of their game,” BA coach Cody White said. “That’s not their game, throwing the ball around. Credit to our kids because when they (passed) we did a good job of making them turn it over. The big thing is we were able to control their run game to an extent after that first quarter and a half. That’s what did it for us.”
The Eagles came up with four second half interceptions with Cameron Currin and Trent Taylor picking off two each. Forcing those interceptions and causing havoc in the Tiger back field all game was Derek Barnett.
“You can’t block that guy,” said White. “When he doesn’t want to get blocked, you can’t block him.”
Barnett made big time hits on quarterback PJ Settles that lead to two interceptions.
“I just kept reminding our DBs ‘hey, stay back because I know they like to throw the deep ball every now and then,’” Barnett said. “That was in our game plan and we stayed with the game plan and we came away with a victory.”
Offensively, Eagles’ quarterback Tyler Swafford continued to be the field general spreading the ball to the athletes around him. Swafford threw two touchdowns on the night with a 12 yard dart to Coutrell Plair and a 51 yard dime to CJ Sanders.
“Tyler does a good job dispersing the ball,” White said. “He’s accurate with it. Probably had one he’d like to get back. That was us play calling. We wanted to go to the jugular and forced him into it. All in all, we’re glad to have that guy throwing balls for us.”
After a 14-10 halftime score, BA scored 19 straight in the third quarter to put the game away. Kicker Daniel Rowe hit all three of his second half field goal attempts and Barnett forced his way in the end zone with physical two yard run to complete the 36-10 score.
Brentwood Academy finishes the regular season at 7-3 and hot winning five straight games.
“We’ve told them that we want to be playing well at the end,” White said. “I don’t get caught up in records. It’s how are you playing in the end because in this deal we all get in the playoffs. Our kids weathered it, showed a lot of character and pride.”
Finishing the season with a marquis win over a rival in Ensworth is a good feeling for this Brentwood Academy group.
“My teammates, the senior class really wanted to beat Ensworth since we haven’t beaten them in four years,” Barnett said. “It was real special to us. They played a heck of a game. They’re a good team and we’ll see them again too.”
Posted on: 11/1/2013