Mistakes cost Brentwood season opener at CPA
By Austin Stanley for the Williamson Herald
The Brentwood High student section kept the faith until the final horn last night in a season opening road loss to CPA 17-14. Photo courtesy of RGalin@comcast.net
Two first half fumbles and three fourth quarter holding calls hampered Brentwood’s offense in their 17-14 loss at CPA Friday.
Even with the mistakes the game was tied late, and both teams had scoring opportunities. CPA’s J.R. Osbourne kicked a game winning 36-yard field goal with 1:16 left in the fourth quarter.
CPA jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with a 67 yard catch-and-run from wide receiver Thomas Richard. The previous touchdown was a 10 yard run by Max Pressley one play after Brentwood fumbled on its own 10 yard line on their first possession.
The second Bruin fumble killed a possible scoring drive when the Bruins were attacking inside the CPA 20 yard line.
“Obviously they hurt us a lot,” Brentwood Coach Mike Woodward said of the miscues. “They give them a short field and not only does it stop our drive but it’s giving them a short field. I think the first one was down here around our ten, so you don’t want to say ‘what if’ but it’s obvious when you give a good team like that kind of opportunity they are going to take advantage of it. We can’t put ourselves in a hole like that.”
The Brentwood offense calmed down and was able get on the scoreboard with seconds remaining in the first half. Senior running back, Austin Wells hit quarterback Aaron Maher, who was split out wide, for a 7-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone.
When the Bruins received the opening kickoff in the second half, they kept the ball for the entire third quarter and then some. Maher led the offense on a 19 play, 80 yard drive, converting multiple third and fourth downs, that wasn’t finished until the fourth quarter. With a fourth and three at the 6-yard line, Maher again split our wide. This time Wells found junior receiver Jalen Marsalis wide open for the tying score.
“I don’t know if I’ve been on either side of (a drive) going the whole quarter,” Woodward said. We put in all that time to march it steadily down the field and we wanted to get seven and tie it up. We were going to go for it (on fourth down). I had faith in the way we were moving the ball so we could get what we needed. It’s what we wanted to do, not necessarily and quarter long drive, but to come out and tie the thing up and that’s what we did.”
A back and forth finish to the fourth quarter ended with CPA having the best chance to put up points. The Bruins second drive of the half never got going due to three consecutive holding penalties.
“We’ve got to be smarter and not hurt ourselves in bad situations,” Woodward said. “Momentum was with us then we had at least two or three holding penalties in that drive. Instead of being second and five we’re at first and 20. At one point we got to a third and 25 and had to run the ball so we could punt.”
Brentwood has to quickly forget about this loss as Blackman comes to town for the home opener that will be played on Thursday Night Lights. With a short week Woodward knows what changes he and his staff need to make.
“We lose a day so that means the coaches have to spend more time on this weekend and evaluate what we need to get better at. Also, we have to start looking at Blackman, who’s a very good football team too, and try to find ways to put points up offensively and try to find ways to keep them out of the end zone.”
Posted on: 8/23/2013