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Football: In switch due to COVID-19, No. 5 Brentwood to host top-ranked Oakland

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Brentwood's Cade Granzow battles several defenders for running room, including Ravenwood's Owen Davis. Granzow will lead the No. 5-ranked Bruins against the top-ranked Oakland Patriots Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 in Brentwood. 

After a third Williamson County school was affected this week due to COVID-19, fifth-ranked Brentwood High School was left without an opponent on the football field for the second week in a row.

Instead of battling Independence in a Region 6-6A showdown, Oakland, the No. 1 team in the latest Class 6A Associated Press poll, will travel to No. 5 Brentwood on Friday for a showdown glistening with state playoff luster.

“We’re both just lucky to be able to get a game on,” Brentwood coach Ron Crawford said. “We all want to win, but mostly we want to play and now we have an opportunity to play against a great opponent that should make us better.”

The Patriots won the last meeting 49-7, spoiling homecoming in 2014 for the Bruins. Brentwood, which sits at 5-1 overall, will be celebrating homecoming again Friday.

“We were planning a small parade with no game, but it’s great to get this game because this means a lot to our students and our kids to be able to play, but boy, it will be a challenge for our defensive guys,” Crawford added. 

Friday’s scheduled region showdown against the Eagles – a matchup of the Class 6A quarterfinals the past two seasons won by the Bruins – didn’t lack any drama, but Indy’s game has been postponed indefinitely after the Thompson’s Station school was forced to close for the week due to COVID-19, school officials reported Tuesday.

So why not an unplanned top five showdown in Class 6A instead?

Oakland (6-0) and Blackman were scheduled to meet Friday, but similarly, the Blaze football team is undergoing a 14-day quarantine because a positive COVID-19 test, per officials. The top-ranked Patriots, who won the state title in 2018 and have reached the state semifinals in each of the last six seasons, overwhelmed Rockvale last week, 56-7.

Oakland, which runs a potent Wing-T offense, is averaging nearly 45 points per game and limiting opponents to 11 points each outing.

Crawford said it will be the first Wing-T his team has faced in several years, “but they do plenty of other stuff as well,” he said of coach Kevin Creasy’s team.

Antonio Patterson and former Brentwood Academy running back Jordan James lead the ground game for the Patriots. Patterson has rushed for 554 yards and eight TDs, while James has gained 375 yards with four scores. Combined, the two average more than 200 yards rushing each outing.

Brentwood last played in Week 5, earning a 28-21 overtime win against Region 6-6A rival Ravenwood. The Bruins have already made two schedule adjustments due to COVID-19-related reasons. Their contest in Week 3 against Dickson County was postponed until Oct. 8 because the Cougars were hit with positive cases, while last week’s game against Christ Presbyterian Academy was canceled because the Lions were shut down for the week because of COVID-19 cases.

Senior quarterback Cade Granzow leads the Brentwood offense, which is averaging 36 points. Granzow has scored 17 total touchdowns and has 760 yards passing. He rushed for three scores, including the go-ahead touchdown in overtime, and threw for another at Ravenwood.

Brentwood forced four turnovers against the Raptors and came up with a fourth down stop in overtime to clinch the win. John Howse, a recent Vanderbilt commit, was one of four Bruins to snag an interception in the game.

“We have a chance to make a really great memory in a really crappy year, so we are feeling fortunate,” Crawford said.

Oakland at Brentwood is planned to kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday.

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