The Brentwood Academy football team stayed unbeaten and advanced to the Division II-AAA semifinals Friday, but it didn’t come easy.
The Eagles rallied from a 21-3 first-quarter deficit to stop Pope John Paul II 34-31 in Brentwood. BA will host McCallie for a championship berth next.
The Eagles scored three straight touchdowns in the second quarter to gain a 24-21 edge by halftime. Taylor Montiel threw a pair of touchdown passes to Amir Annoor in the surge and a 29-yarder to Deuce Scott.
Scott ran in a 7-yard touchdown to open the third as BA staked a 31-21 lead. Scott rushed for 158 yards on 30 carries in the contest. Montiel threw for 245 yards on 17-of-24 passing.
Mr. Football Kicker of the Year semifinalist Teagan Lenderink continued his stellar season for BA by kicking two field goals. His 41-yarder with 2:04 to play in the third gave BA a 34-23 cushion after the Knights forced a safety three minutes prior. Lenderink missed a 59-yard attempt in the second frame.
Kenny Minchey tossed his third touchdown pass of the game for Pope John Paul II early in the fourth, but BA’s defense held the rest of the way. Minchey went 19-of-29 for 234 yards. Antwan Roberts caught five balls for 133 yards and all three touchdowns. He also rushed for 76 yards on 14 carries to lead the Knights.
Pope John Paul II missed a 46-yard field goal with 7:44 to play and had a fumble recovered by BA’s Caleb Brooks about two minutes later on their next possession.
The Eagles used a pair of first downs each from Montiel and Scott to drain the clock and capture the win.
Memphis University, which defeated Father Ryan 41-17, will play either MBA or Baylor in the other semi. MBA is hosting that contest Saturday night.
Evangelical Christian School 14, Battle Ground Academy 13, DII-AA Quarterfinals
BGA came up short in overtime trying to upset defending champion ECS on the road Friday.
After Brett Brown scored a 1-yard touchdown in overtime to pull BGA within 14-13, the Wildcats went for two but the ECS defense held to advance to the state semifinals.
Jacob Hatcher had opened OT with a 1-yard TD for ECS. His 15-yard strike to Will Arthur with 22 seconds to play in the third made it 7-7 where it stayed through the end of regulation.
BGA struck first with a short run from Sean Williams with 3:33 to play in the third after nearly three quarters of scoreless football.
The Wildcats held a slim 257-241 edge in total yardage in the tight contest.
Brown finished 16-of-22 for 118 yards, while Williams rushed for 109 yards on 18 carries. Max Sale led the BGA defense with 11 tackles and was in on a sack.
ECS escaped similarly last season at home against BGA, taking a 13-9 victory en route to a state title. The Eagles host Lipscomb Academy in the semifinals next week.
The Mustangs advanced because of Lausanne’s COVID-19 forfeit this week.
Christ Presbyterian Academy, which also advanced by COVID-19 forfeit over Chattanooga Christian, will host Goodpasture in the other semifinal.