Brentwood Academy Eagles
Last Year’s Record– 10-2, defeated MBA for state title
Region– Division II-AAA East/Middle
Head Coach– Cody White (84-37 overall, 48-13 in five years at BA
Offensive Coordinator– Cody White
Defensive Coordinator– David Norris
Assistant Coaches– Jack Pittman (OLB), Bruce Lussier (ILB), Stephen Burris (DL), Brian Lilly (DB), Jason Mathews (OL), Scott Wells (OL), Rocky Calmus (TE), Kurston Biggers (RB), Buddy Alexander (WR), Matt Hoppe (WR), Cody Nelson (QB)
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense– 15 (8 Off/7 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance– 2016
Key Returnees– Camron Johnson (WR/S, Sr., Vanderbilt commitment), Daniel Taylor (DB/WR, Sr. Navy commitment), Gavin Schoenwald (QB, Sr., Vanderbilt commitment), Tomario Pleasant (RB, Jr.), Michael Archie (WR, Sr.), Will Collins (OL, Jr.), Thomas Gore (OL, Jr.), Airin Spell (DL, Sr.), Jackson Sirmon (LB, Sr., Washington commitment), Kenyon Garlington (DB, Sr.), Jack Victory (SS, Jr.), Harrison Smith (P, Sr.), Toby Wilson (K, Sr.), Jordan McCoy (OL, Sr.)
Key Losses– Jeremiah Oatsvall (QB), Jack McDonald (FB), Lawrence Segree (WR), Elijah Teat (OL), Joshua Higgs (DE), Easton Cline (LB), Jeremiah Pittman (LB), Evan Beddoe (S/WR),
Streak Going Into 2017– five-game winning streak
Brentwood Academy will try to become the third team since the formation of Division II back in 1997 to win three consecutive state titles.
If the Eagles were to win the Division II-AAA title this year, they would join MBA (1998-2000) and Ensworth (2010-13) as teams to win three straight titles.
Although they graduated 19, the Eagles return 15 starters, the most returning starters in Cody White’s tenure at Brentwood Academy.
Senior athlete and recent Vanderbilt commitment Gavin Schoenwald will take over the reins of the Eagle offense after playing a productive tight end the last two seasons.
Schoenwald (6-5, 235) caught 34 passes for 329 yards and scored four touchdowns playing tight end and completed 19 of 24 passing for 229 yards and one touchdown in a backup quarterback role last season.
Now he will get to showcase his talent as a quarterback and will definitely get help in the passing game from another Vanderbilt commitment in receiver Camron Johnson.
Johnson had a good junior season as he made 46 catches for 791 yards and six touchdowns on offense while making five interceptions, 24 tackles and recovering three fumbles from his defensive back spot to help the Eagles repeat as state champions.
Fellow receivers Mike Archie (33 catches, 486 yards, one TD) and Daniel Taylor (16 catches, 300 yards, three touchdowns) will also be vertical threats in the Eagle passing game.
Taylor will also be a big hitter in the BA secondary as he posted 39 tackles from his cornerback spot.
Junior Tomario Pleasant will return as a big time rushing threat in the backfield after running for 776 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns last season while senior Jordan McCoy and juniors Will Collins and Thomas Gore will stabilize the offensive line.
University of Washington commitment Jackson Sirmon (61 tackles) will lead the BA linebackers while Airin Spell (38 tackles, three sacks) will lead the defensive line and Kenyon Garlington (28 tackles, two interceptions) and safety Jack Victory (36 tackles, five sacks) will pace the secondary.
The special teams will be in good hands as kicker Toby Wilson (59 of 60 PATs, 77 points) and punter Harrison Smith (43.0 punt average) both return.
Brentwood Academy Since 2010
66-19 overall record, seven playoff appearances
By The Numbers
26- Number of state title game appearances by BA (12-14 record) which is the most in the state
99- Number of Playoff wins for the Eagles, which is second statewide to Maryville (115)
1970- First varsity football season at BA
BA in the Playoffs
Total Number of Playoff Appearances- 41
Playoff Record- 99-29
Deepest Playoff Run- won state titles in Class A in 1974, AA in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988 and 1991, 5A in 1995 and 1996, Division II-AA in 2015 and 2016 and Division II-AAA in 2006
Coach White’s Thoughts
“We have a good returning nucleus of players who understand what it takes to win in this league. I love the leadership of our group and how much they care for each other. We are looking forward to a great season of football.”
August 18- Hillsboro
*August 25- Father Ryan
*September 1- at John Paul II
September 8- Bishop Dunne (TX) at Shreveport, (LA)
September 15- International Broward School (FL)
September 22- at Knoxville Catholic
*September 29- Baylor
*October 6- at McCallie
October 13- OPEN
*October 20- at MBA
*October 27- Ensworth
*Denotes Region Game