Swafford, Eagles accomplish their goal
By Doug Dyer for the Williamson Herald
Brentwood Academy lineman Derek Barnett takes MUS QB Thomas Pickens to the turf just after releasing the ball in the Eagles' 36-7 victory at Vanderbilt Stadium on Friday night.
Photo courtesy of Doug Dyer Photography
NASHVILLE – The first thing Tyler Swafford wanted to do Friday night was send a text message to his friend, Max Staver. The message: “We got revenge for you.”
Brentwood Academy got revenge in a big way, throttling Memphis University School 36-7 at Vanderbilt Stadium and avenging a 46-45 loss to the Owls in the Division II-AA semifinals a year ago, when Staver was the quarterback.
“This game was all about revenge,” said the senior quarterback, who had quite the outing for his first start – 231 yards and four touchdowns passing, with three TDs going to C.J. Sanders.
|Teammate celebrate in the end zone with Brentwood Academy
receiver C.J. Sanders after scoring his third touchdown Friday night
in a 36-7 win over MUS. The junior scored on plays of 83, 44, and 13 yards. Photo courtesy of Doug Dyer Photography
“We’ve been waiting for this game all offseason,” Swafford said. “We were just ready to play.”
The game was moved to Vanderbilt because BA’s football stadium renovations were incomplete.
The Owls were unable to generate consistently on offense, thanks in large part to the performance of the BA defensive line. Led by seniors Derek Barnett and Kamil Malone, the Eagles shut down the MUS running game and kept the pressure on all four Owl quarterbacks.
The Eagle defense forced three turnovers, two interceptions and a fumble recovery, to help spark the offense.
“The play of the defense was a great boost for us,” Swafford said. “After last year’s game, (the defense) had a little something in store for them.”
“I thought we outworked them,” BA coach Cody White said. “Our defense forced a lot of turnovers, and that’s how you win games early. I was really pleased with our kids and how they played.”
MUS was held to just 163 yards of total offense and 45 through the air for the game, while the Eagles had their way with the Owls’ defense, with the duo of Shawn Brashers and Shon Lumpkin able to find running lanes, along with Swafford having plenty of time to find receivers downfield for big plays. BA outgained MUS 425-163.
|Brentwood Academy lineman Derek Barnett takes MUS QB Thomas Pickens to the turf just after releasing the ball in the Eagles' 36-7 victory at Vanderbilt Stadium on Friday night. Photo courtesy of Doug Dyer Photography
“We never want to take our foot off the gas,”
Swafford said. “We wanted to put up 50 on them,
but we had some mistakes late in the game that hurt us.”
The first quarter was all BA, with Swafford and Sanders hooking up for two TDs through the air, one for 83 yards and the other from 44, but the Eagles missed one PAT. Daniel Rowe added a 25-yard field goal to make it 16-0 Eagles, and MUS crossed midfield just once.
Setting the tempo early was key for the Eagles, Swafford said.
“Starting fast was good for the whole team’s attitude,” he said. “We felt like it was our game after that.”
MUS missed a 49-yard field goal in the second quarter and had another drive stopped at the BA 15 on Chris Currin’s interception and 61-yard return to the Owls’ 24. The Eagles could not capitalize, however, and the score stayed 16-0 at halftime.
Sanders’ third TD came on BA’s first drive of the third quarter, a 13-yarder to make it 23-0 after Aaquil Annoor’s interception set the Eagles up at the MUS 30. Swafford’s fourth TD of the night came on a 40-yard catch-and-run by Brandon Taylor, but the point after was missed to make it 29-0 Eagles.
The exclamation point came after backup QB Dawson Knox entered the game in the fourth quarter to lead the Eagles on another TD drive, with Jacob Cretin scoring on a 17-yard screen pass to make it 36-0.
Chris Davis put MUS on the board with two minutes left in the game on a 39-yard TD run to close out the scoring.
Up next for the Eagles is a home contest against Liberty Tech Magnet.
Posted on: 8/23/2013