Halfway through the season, the Eagles are in a nosedive.
Brentwood Academy has not won a game in September and another loss will put the 2-2 Eagles below .500.
So this week’s AA D-II conference game Friday at 7 p.m. at Montgomery Bell (4-0) is a must win.
The Big Red rolled through the first half of the season, never scoring fewer than 24 points in a game. They never allowed more than 14, and have never won by less than two touchdowns.
Because this is a conference game, a win is twice as important (and a loss twice as devastating). Because the Eagles tare 0-1 in AA D-II, compared to 1-0 Big Red, then this game puts more at stake for BA than for MBA. If MBA loses, then at 4-1 (1-1 in conference) they are still right in the middle of the hunt. But if BA loses, then at 2-3 (0-2 in conference) then they are, well, stuffed.
BA has played a tougher schedule than MBA, and traveled a lot more. The Eagles are in the middle of a 5 week road trip, and have only played one true home game this season so far because their new field was not ready for their “home” opener in August. Last week, they went across two states to play St. Xavier in Cincinnati, Ohio- a team that is easily one of the best 25 teams in the country.
MBA on the other hand only played once on the road, against Pearl-Cohn, a team Maxpreps rankings pegged as 1625th best in the country.
So far, the Eagles have been a good team, playing the schedule of a great team. The Big Red, on the other hand, are a good team playing the schedule of an average team. So, the advantage definitely goes to BA in this game. MBA has not been tested yet and BA has been nothing but tested. Not to mention that they need it much more; they have been toughened up; nothing has been easy.
But that is how character is built. The Eagles have nothing left to fear; they know what losing feels like. MBA, despite looking better on paper, might find out BA is made out of rock.
MBA leads AA-II in defense, with the fewest points allowed (32) even though it has played one more game than a few schools. And it is a close third (145 points) in scoring, behind McCallie and Briarcrest.
BA has scored 101 points this season (third least in II-AA), but only given up 61 (good for fifth best, out of the 11 team conference).
So what this week will tell us is if those numbers mean anything.