The Brentwood High School football team cracked into the win column by rallying to score the final three touchdowns for a 21-14 win over Henry County after a long road trip to Paris on Friday.
Brentwood (1-3) was coming off a 27-14 Region 7-6A loss to Summit last week and didn’t have the start they wanted at Henry County, falling behind 14-0.
Jackson Lowe scored the first touchdown on a 4-yard run for the Bruins before Davis White fired a 89-yard strike to Aaron Walton to tie the game 14-14 with 2:13 to play in the third quarter.
White closed 16-of-24 for 231 yards with two touchdowns in the contest. Walton had 152 yards receiving.
White hit Matthew Manning for a the go-ahead touchdown with 8:24 to play and Lowe followed with an interception. Brentwood did get in Henry County territory one more time, but turned the ball over on downs with 2:11 remaining.
The defense held strong, including a late sack from Jayson Lowe with 1:47 to play as Brentwood held on for the victory.
The Bruins return home next week for the annual showdown against Ravenwood in the Battle of the Woods. The Raptors (3-1) defeated Virginia’s Life Academy this week, 35-14.
Ravenwood 35, Life Christian Academy 14
The Raptors scored twice in the fourth to pull away from their Virginia visitors Friday in Brentwood.
Chris Parson led Ravenwood by throwing for 157 yards and TD on 13-of-24 passing. He also had five rushes for 89 yards and two more scores.
The Raptors out-gained the independent school 333-277 and limited LCA to just 4-of-16 on third down. The visitors were flagged 24 times for 180 yards, while Ravenwood had penalties for 95 yards.
Carter Pace added two rushing touchdowns and closed with 61 yards on 13 touches. Utility man Brenden Dickinson snagged six catches for 43 yards and Nic Raum added two more for 56 yards and a TD in the receiving game.
Andrew Dudas supplied two sacks and 8 1/2 tackles for the Ravenwood defense, which also picked up an interception from Lee Molette.
Centennial 43, Antioch 6
It didn’t take long for the scoreboard to be lopsided Friday at Centennial.
The Cougars (3-1) dismantled a struggling Antioch Bears (0-4) team, scoring 29 unanswered points in the first quarter en route to a 43-6 rout.
Centennial started the scoring with a safety early in the first quarter, and Josh Forsee scored the first of his two first-quarter touchdowns, a 23-yard run, to make it 8-0.
Quarterback Cannon Plowman added a pair of touchdowns — one running for 7 yards and another passing to Kofi Boggs for 2 yards — in between Forsee’s TDs.
Plowman and Boggs connected for another score in the second quarter for 15 yards, then Boggs added his third TD, a run of 20 yards, to make it 43-0 at halftime.
Antioch scored its lone touchdown with a minute left in the game.
The Cougars racked up 314 total yards, 274 of them on the ground, and limited the Bears to 99, including just 1 yard rushing.
Plowman connected on two passes, both of them touchdowns, for 17 yards. He added 68 yards on four rushes with another score. Forsee rushed four times for 58 yards and two TDs, and Boggs had 54 rushing yards on three attempts with a TD and two catches, both scores, for 17 yards.
Centennial has looked fantastic in its three wins, outscoring John Overton, Lincoln County and Antioch a combined 128-6. However, the Cougars also lost 35-0 at Independence last week for their only blemish.
They’ll try to keep the momentum rolling next week on the road against Region 7-6A foe Summit, which is 4-0 and ranked No. 4 in 6A in the most recent Associated Press state poll.
Stewarts Creek 30, Franklin 20
Franklin battled down to the final few minutes but couldn’t get its elusive first win of the season against Stewarts Creek Friday.
An Admirals (0-4) touchdown cut the Red Hawk lead to 23-20 with 3:37 left, but Stewarts Creek (1-1) put the finishing touches on the contest with a TD with 59 seconds remaining to take a 30-20 victory.
Bryce Sparks (167 yards) and Ashton Orton (90 yards) led Franklin’s offense, accounting for all of the team’s rushing and 257 of the team’s 293 total yards. Sparks scored once in his return to the lineup and Orton twice.
The Admirals had trouble stopping the run, though, as Stewarts Creek finished with an equally impressive 249 yards on 30 attempts, an 8.3-yard average. Gabe Walker was particularly tricky to bring down. He accounted for 219 yards on 18 attempts and scored four touchdowns.
The two teams went back and forth in the first half, as Franklin’s first TD — an Orton run from 8 yards — was sandwiched between two Walker scores to make it 13-7 at halftime.
Stewarts Creek added a field goal to start the second-half scoring, then the teams traded touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.
Franklin will travel to Independence next week still in search of its first win. The Eagles, which have played one of the tougher schedules in the state to open the season, lost 56-38 at Pope John Paul II Friday to fall to 1-3 on the season. Their lone win was a Week 3 35-0 shutout of Centennial.
Westview 47, Fairview 14
The Yellow Jackets scored on their opening drive Friday against a potent Class 2A team from Martin, Tennessee, but then forfeited the next 33 points to fall in a deep hole.
Alabama commit Ty Simpson threw three touchdown passes for Westview, which answered on a Simpson to Omarion Harris 7-yarder. Jackson Abel followed with a pair of field goals for the visitors, who led 13-7 with 6:07 to play in the second quarter. Simpson connected with Garner Anderson for a 12-yard strike to end the half with a 19-7 lead.
The momentum stayed with Westview as Quincy Hamilton streaked 95 yards on the opening kickoff in the third quarter. Harris added to the lead bu returning an interception 55 yards for a 33-7 advantage with 10:12 to play in the third.
Fairview found some life late in the third when Crawford Claxton took a short pass from Kennedy Pendergrass and raced 94 yards for the TD, but Westview closed with two more fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 41-yarder from Simpson to Anderson.
Pendergrass closed 10-of-16 for 210 yards with the TD and interception. Layden Grant added 105 yards on the ground on 19 totes with the opening touchdown for Fairview. Ken Curtis (9 tackles) and Jeffery Anderson (8 tackles) paced the Yellow Jackets defense.
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