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Bruins continue rocky start, fall to Blackman 38-28

Top: Brentwood defense could not stop the running game of the Blackman. Right: Bruin head coach Mike Woodward talks to the team after the loss to Blackman.

For only the second time this century, Brentwood High School’s football team remains winless after the first two games of the season, falling last night to Blackman High School from Murfreesboro 38-28.

The last time the Bruins were 0-2 to start a season was in 2007 when the team finished 5-6.

The indications it could be a long night for the Bruins came early when the Blaze took a 7-0 lead after capturing a fumble in the Brentwood end zone.  But senior quarterback Aaron Maher delivered on a one-yard run and a 28-yard pass to junior wide receiver Jalen Marsalis for touchdowns as the Brentwood took a 14-10 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Brentwood Bruin quarterback Aaron Maher drops
backs to pass against Blackman.
“We were in a good spot at halftime,” said Brentwood coach Mike Woodward.  “But I told our team we were going to have to play better defensively if we are going to win this game.”

The admonition must have escaped the Bruins.

The Blaze retook the lead for good with an 80-yard scoring drive to start the second half, capped by an 18-yard by junior tail back Charlie Davidson.  Watching his skilled offensive line take control, former state champion coach Phillip Shadowens kept the ball on the ground the rest of the game, throwing only twice in the second half.
“They came out in the third quarter and just mauled us,” said Woodward.  “They made some great adjustments. They had an obvious size advantage against us and they were able to pick up 7,8,9 yards a clip running behind their bigs. We just didn’t have an answer for it.”
The pay-off for Blackman was three more scores and a total of 320 yards of rushing offense for the night.  Davidson ended the night with 90 yards and three scores, while Cole Notgrass led Blackman with 112 and a score.

The Bruin cheerleaders perform during a time-out.
The Bruins did not go down without a fight.  Maher threw two more touchdown passes in the final four minutes, one a 16-yarder to Spencer Schwartz and the second a six-yarder to Marsalis.

Maher ended the night hitting 23 of 31 passes for 200 yards.  Marsalis grabbed 10 of the receptions for 88 yards.  Jacob Adcock (6 receptions, 50 yards) and Austin Wells (4 receptions, 36 yards) were Maher’s other favorite targets.

“We set goals this year to win our district and to make a run in November,” said Woodward. “We are not happy about losing but I am proud of the way the kids played. This Brentwood team will not give up; we just need to keep working hard and stay focused on our goal, winning the district.”

Maher echoed his head coach’s sentiments. “We were evenly matched with Blackman and they just came out in the second half and beat us.  We need to work hard and learn from this.  We have a district game next week and I am excited about this team,”

After the short week, Brentwood gets an extra day to prepare for the first district game of the year, a road trip to Centennial next Friday.  The Cougars will tune up for the conflict with a home against Overton tonight.


Posted on: 8/30/2013


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