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Football: Brentwood 'dudes' blast Admirals for crucial region win

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Football - Brentwood at Franklin

Jake Brock 

FRANKLIN –Senior Scott Collins scored four touchdowns on just 13 carries and fellow seniors Davis White and Aaron Walton hooked up for a pair of aerial scores as the Brentwood High School football moved one step closer to a playoff spot with a 42-7 win over Franklin at Howard Gamble Stadium Friday night.

After an 0-3 start, the win moved the Bruins to 4-4 on the season, 2-2 in Region 7-6A.

“When we’ve been good this year, our dudes have been dudes for us,” said an excited Clint Finch, in his first year as head coach at Brentwood. “Aaron Walton was a dude tonight; Scotty Collins was a dude tonight; Davis White was a dude tonight. When you’re a dude, you do things really, really well."

“This is the oldest rivalry in the county, and this is always a big deal when you have the chance to go out and beat a team like Franklin," he continued. "I think the world of Alex Melton and I think he’s going to do a great job at Franklin, but I thought we were a little bit better tonight.”

A little bit better was an understatement, as the Brentwood win over the Admirals was the most dominating in the 44-game series, a win that gave the Bruins a 23-21 edge.

Brentwood rolled up 394 yards of total offense while holding the Admirals to a total of 29, 17 on the ground and 12 in the air.

Collins rushed 13 times for 89 yards and tied a personal best with four touchdowns on runs of 1, 1, 1 and 3 yards. White was as crisp 20-of-24 passing for 253 yards and a pair of scores, both to Walton on connections of 32 and 33 yards. Walton caught a total of four balls for 79 yards and Clayton Merrill snagged eight passes for 60 yards.

The win also tied a series record of six wins in a row, a mark formerly held by the Admirals. It also means that the Brentwood seniors have never tasted defeat against Franklin, something few Bruins can brag about since the rivalry began in 1985.

While pleased with that statistic, Collins was more low-key and matter-of-fact in his post-game celebration.

“The offense is starting to heat up and the defense has been bailing us out all season and right now I like the way we’re trending," he said. "We’ve just had the mentality of getting better every day.”

His coach seemed to agree.

“We’ve worked really hard to get here," Finch said. "I don’t think we were this good of a ball team at Blackman, or against Summit or Father Ryan. These kids have just worked their tails off to make themselves into a good football team.”

The lone bright spot for Franklin (1-7, 0-4) came during an explosive 35-point second quarter. Freshman Riley Jordan took a kick-off at the Franklin 4-yard line as his blocking parted a sea of white at the 20 and Jordan raced to the end zone for a 96-yard touchdown, the Admirals only score of the night.

Both teams will be off next week, with Brentwood hosting Beech (5-2) for senior night on Oct. 22. Beech beat Springfield 31-17 Friday night.

Franklin will host Nolensville in two weeks. The Knights (2-6) fell 40-22 at Page Friday.

Brentwood’s final regular season game comes a week after, when the Bruins have to travel to Centennial with the region’s final playoff spot on the line. It is a scenario that might have seemed out of reach after the first three weeks and Finch is glad to have the opportunity.

“We were 0-3 and half at Henry County that night," he said. "We found a way to come back and win that game, lost to Ravenwood, but now we’ve won three in a row. I’m incredibly proud of our kids and our coaches. We’re taking them one game at time right now, but let’s not fool ourselves.

"We’d like to finish this thing really strong and make a great playoff run.”

Brentwood 42, Franklin 7

BHS 7 28 7 0 - 42

FHS 0 7 0 0 - 7

Scoring Summary

1Q 06:31 B – Scott Collins 1 run (Aiden Parker kick):

2Q 10:34 B – Collins 3 run (Parker kick);

2Q 08:28 B – Aaron Walton 32 pass from Davis White (Parker kick);

2Q 04:44 B – Walton 33 pass from White (Parker kick);

2Q 04:28 F – Riley Jordan 96 kick-off return (Owen Saltmarsh kick);

2Q 02:01 B – Collins 1 run (Parker kick);

3Q 09:47 B – Collins 1 run (Parker kick).

Individual Statistics

Rushing

BHS – 22-113 (Scott Collins 13-89; Jackson Lowe 2-15; Trey Doris 5-14; Davis White 1-11; Brennan Kaforey 1-(-16)). FHS – 20-12 (Bryce Sparks 16-24; Brewer Wilson 2-13; Cooper Brown 1-0; Team 1- (-25)).

Passing

BHS – 24-30-0-2 for 281 yards (Davis White 20-24-0-2 for 253 yards; Daniel Cochran 4-6-0-0 for 28 yards). FHS – 5-14-1-0 for 17 yards (Cooper Brown 5-11-1-0 for 17 yards; Brewer Wilson 0-3-0-0 for 0 yards).

Receiving

BHS – 24-281 (Aaron Walton 4-79; Clayton Merrill 8-60; Matthew Manning 4-56; Justin McParland 2-27; Jackson Lowe 1-22; Scott Collins 1-18; Kyler Green 2-18; Micah Ledbetter 1-4; Trey Doris 1-(-3)). FHS – 5-17 (Reagan McCloskey 1-7; Alex Johnston 1-6; Nick Gaca 1-5; Ashton Orton 1-4; Bryce Sparks 1-(-5)).

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