Buckle up for Battle of the Woods … Part II.
The Brentwood football team stopped Independence 27-24 in double overtime Friday to set up next week's second showdown with crosstown rival Ravenwood this season. Only this time there will be a Class 6A semifinal berth on the line.
“Oh, I’m ready for round two. Let’s go!” Brentwood quarterback Cade Granzow said after scoring three touchdowns to lead the Bruins past Indy. “I can’t wait.”
The Bruins, who improved to 10-2 overall, overcame a late surge from Independence and after settling for a Tabor Miller field goal in the second overtime came up with a game-clinching fumble recovery to advance to the quarterfinals.
Indy quarterback Ethan Cash, who rushed up the middle for a touchdown on the first possession of overtime, worked to his left on an option but was hit by Jack Wells of Brentwood forcing a fumble that was recovered by the Bruins James Scott. Brentwood players, coaches and fans rushed the field in celebration.
“You know going back in at the point, you know what it is. You gotta hold them to a field goal or make a turnover or you’re taking up equipment on Monday,” Bruins coach Ron Crawford said. “The kids did a great job of adjusting … and we came off the edge really, really nice.”
The loss ends Independence's (6-6) season.
“These kids fought all the way through. We started 1-3, and here we are in double overtime of the second round of the playoffs,” said Eagles coach Scott Blade, who led his team to a 27-24 win over Brentwood in the 2016 semifinals – the last postseason meeting between the two teams.
One of Indy’s biggest games this season came on Sept. 28 in Week 7 when the Eagles raced to a 42-31 win at Brentwood in a Region 6-6A clash rolling up more than 500 yards of offense.
“These seniors kept it together,” Blade said. “When you have a start like we did, a lot of teams would just fold. They wanted to get better, and these kids were a lot of fun to work with and a lot of fun to coach.”
Brentwood held a 17-10 lead through the fourth quarter Friday and looked poised to add to it after the Bruins recovered a fumble with 7:32 to play and took over on the Indy 46. The Eagles defense came up big and forced a stop on 4th-and-1 three minutes later.
Cash, who threw for two TDs and ran in another, kept the final drive together by completing an 11-yard pass to Isaiah Collier on 4th-and-9 from midfield with 2:05 to play. Collier had dropped a first down ball on the prior play, but Indy went right back to the senior who delivered.
With 38 seconds to play in regulation, Cash found Micah Thieman wide open down the right sideline for a 30-yard touchdown on third down. Weston Landry’s PAT tied the game at 17-17.
“Holding them to 17, I thought would give us a chance,” Crawford said. “And it did.”
The two quarterbacks traded first down rushing scores in the first overtime, before the Indy defense held strong on three plays and forced Miller’s second field goal of the game.
Granzow threw for 182 yards, but did most of his damage on the ground with three touchdowns and a team-high 82 yards rushing on 19 carries. Both Avery Williams and Carter McKechnie added 61 yards receiving.
In the first half, Brentwood opened a 10-0 lead before Cash fired a 77-yard strike to TJ Sheffield early in the second quarter. Granzow came back to score his second TD with just over a minute to play in the half for a 17-7 advantage at the break.
The Bruins beat Ravenwood 31-28 on the road in Week 5. It was the Raptors only Region 6-6A loss and with the tiebreaker, the Bruins were able to capture the region title in the final week of the regular season. When asked about the upcoming matchup, Crawford joked he didn’t know where the rival school was located.
“I’m not sure I’m familiar with that school,” Crawford quipped. “I’ll say this, it was a great ball game back in September and I think it will be a great ball game next Friday night.
“I wish I could say some bad things about them, but the first guy to text me when we had a tragedy happen was their head coach,” Crawford continued, referring to Raptor head coach Matt Daniels. “I’ll always remember that and I’ll always be grateful, but it’s a competition and we are going to keep score.
“We’re beat and banged up, and we’ve played one more game than them, but nobody really cares. They’re going to have a playoff game here Friday night.”
Brentwood 27, Independence 24, 2OT, Class 6A Second Round Playoff
at Brentwood High School Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
IHS – 0 7 3 7 7 0 – 24
BHS – 3 14 0 0 7 3 – 27
1Q 5:07 B – Tabor Miller 28 FG;
2Q 11:20 B – Cade Granzow 4 run (Miller kick);
2Q 10:58 I – TJ Sheffield 77 pass from Ethan Cash (Weston Landry kick);
2Q 1:07 B – Granzow 5 run (Miller kick);
3Q 5:51 I – Landry 35 FG;
4Q 0:30 I – Micah Thieman 30 pass from Cash (Landry kick);
OT I – Cash 10 run (Landry kick);
OT B – Granzow 10 run (Miller kick);
OT B – Miller FG.