Brentwood takes shoot-out win over Centennial
By Joe Williams, For the Williamson Herald
Photo by Reed Galin / firstname.lastname@example.org
It may be the one time the cheerleaders may have been more exhausted than the football team.
Brentwood’s cheerleaders cranked out a total of 246 push-ups, one for each point on the board as the Bruins football team remained undefeated with a 54-35 shoot-out victory over Centennial.
“They exposed us a little bit,” said a happy Mark Pemberton, first year head coach at Brentwood, whose defense had given up only 22 points total in six prior victories. “We’re happy with the win. It’ll get us into our bye week and we can go to work.”
In a game expected to showcase Bruin ball control against Centennial’s quick strike potential, Brentwood took the opening kickoff 70 yards in just four plays before Ben Green pounded over from the 3-yard line. It was the beginning of another big night for Green who finished with 194 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.
Centennial answered with an 18-play, eight-minute, 80-yard drive, including the first fourth-down conversion of the night when J.J. Tomlin found Bailey Wisniowski from three yards out.
Following a short kickoff, Brentwood answered immediately with Green scorching around left end for 70-yards and a 14-7 Bruin lead. Centennial tried to strike quickly, but a pass on the next play was intercepted by Brentwood, leading to one of the Bruins’ longest drives of the night. The 52-yard march was capped when Aaron Maher found Jack Maher open at the 5-yard line and Jack scampered across to complete the 23-yard play.
One-minute, twenty-five seconds later, Aaron Winfree, Maher’s counterpart in Brentwood’s two-quarterback attack, lofted a 47-yard strike to junior Andy Schumpert to put Brentwood up 20-7 when the extra point was blocked.
Centennial closed the gap to 27-14 after a long 73-yard drive that ended when Tomlin found Emanuel Hall from five yards out.
The Cougars cut the lead to 27-21 on a 44-yard Tomlin-to-Wisniowski touchdown to open the second half, but the Bruins answered again on the following drive when Winfree dashed 41 yards on a quarterback keeper for a score.
Like two boxers just swapping jaw-breaking blows, Centennial stayed in striking distance when Deon Sanders hit Wisniowski with another score on a 37-yard half-back pass that left the little receiver wide open.
The Centennial defense’s lone stop came on the next series, but Brentwood picked Tomlin off on the Cougars’ next pair of possessions, leading to an Aaron Maher 2-yard dive for a score and a 3-yard scoring run by Isaac Martinez.
Scottie Fleming’s 3-yard run rounded out Centennial’s scoring, while the final scoring play of the night was a 7-yard keeper by Winfree with 3:18 on the clock.
The struggles of the defense in the high-scoring affair were not lost on Cougar head coach Brian Rector.
“We didn’t stop a dad-gum thing they did all night long,” he said after the contest. “And nobody else has either. We had a defense in that we thought could stop them and obviously we were wrong. We made some adjustments in the second half that were effective, but not nearly effective enough.”
After giving up no touchdown passes in the first six games, Centennial burned the Bruins for four, while Tomlin finished 20-32 with three interceptions and three touchdowns for 175 yards. The performance was expected by both coaches.
“I think their quarterback is outstanding,” said Pemberton, speaking of Tomlin. “We pressured him a few times and he still made plays.”
Brentwood gets what Pemberton called a welcome week off to rest some bumps and bruises while the Cougars have a homecoming appointment with Cane Ridge next Friday night on Mallory Lane.
Posted on: 9/28/2012