Freshman quarterback Marcel Reed accounted for two touchdowns to lead Montgomery Bell Academy past Division II-AAA rival Brentwood Academy 15-7 on a wet and chilly night in Nashville Friday.
The two teams have met in the championship game in three of the last four years with BA advancing in the semifinals over MBA last year in the storied series. The Eagles, the four-time defending champions, have now lost in the regular season in back-to-back years against The Big Red.
MBA won 25-24 in overtime last season, but fell 28-6 in the semifinals.
Reed tossed a nine-yard strike to Zak Herbstreit near the end of the first half and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 6:36 to play in the third to cap a nine-play, 71-yard drive to open the second half. Reed closed with 123 yards passing with one interception and also gained 30 yards on the ground. Ike Cravens led the rushing attack with 58 yards on 13 carries for The Big Red.
MBA won a fourth consecutive game and improved to 5-3 and 3-1 in DII-AAA’s West Region. The Eagles fell to 5-3, 1-2.
BA opened the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown run by Jordan James with 4:59 to play in the first quarter, but produced little else offensively the rest of the way. MBA grounded the visiting Eagles, allowing just 111 yards and six first downs on the night. BA was 2-of-11 on third down and came up empty on a fourth down try as well.
After James’ TD on the second drive, the rest of the Eagles’ drives in the contest ended with four punts, a missed field goal, a fumble, an interception and the stop on downs.
James churned up 118 yards on 15 carries for the Eagles, who managed just 11 yards on 12 pass attempts on the night.
Brentwood Academy returns home to host Ensworth after a bye week on Oct. 25 and close the regular season by hosting Baylor the following week.
MBA travels to Baylor on Oct. 25 before hosting Christian Brothers.
Montgomery Bell Academy 15, Brentwood Academy 7
BA – 7 0 0 0 – 7
MBA – 0 6 6 3 – 15
1Q 4:59 B – Jordan James 30 run (Paxton Perry kick);
2Q 1:46 M – Zak Herbstreit 9 pass from Marcel Reed (Kick failed);
3Q 6:36 M – Reed 1 run (Pass failed);
4Q 4:19 M – Andrew Bulgarin 36 FG.