For Brentwood Academy revenge is a dish best served on a muggy Friday night under the lights of Vanderbilt’s stadium, where on Friday night they beat the Memphis University School, 36-7. The MU Owls, who beat BA in its last game last season, almost laid an egg in this rematch, as the Eagles flew to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter and sat the starters early in the fourth.
“The team did a phenomenal job,” said BA Coach Cody White.
Four minutes into the first quarter Eagles quarterback Thomas Swafford found receiver C.J. Sanders on a fade route for an 83-yard touchdown. Swafford to Sanders . . . score! is a phrase BA fans should hear a lot of this season. The duo connected for three touchdowns in this game.
Daniel Rowe missed the extra point on this first one, but redeemed himself with a 25-yard field goal with 2:34 left in the first quarter, to give BA a 10-0 lead.
To end the first, Swafford found Sanders, again, for a 44-yard score with 14 seconds left. 16-0, BA.
Late in the second, MU was driving inside the twenty when BA safety Chris Currin picked off an MU pass, making sure the shutout lasted into the half.
In the third, BA put the game away for good. Aaquil Annoor intercepted an Owl pass and returned it to the MU 30-yard line. Then: Swafford to Sanders . . . score! Number three of the night, with 7:30 to play in the third. 23-0.
A few minutes, and few Owl punts, later Swafford found Brandon Taylor for a 40-yard touchdown pass with 4:19 left in the third. 29-0, BA. Linebacker Josh Greer recovered an Owl fumble with 2:00 left in the third, closing the coffin on the Owls last chance to get back in the game.
Backup quarterback Dawson Knox came in for clean up. He found Jacob Cretin for a 17-yard score with 5:02 left in the game, which with Rowe’s extra point gave BA a 36-0 lead. Chris Davis ran in a consolation touchdown for the Owls.
The real unsung heroes of the game played on the o-line. Thanks to Jackson Pittman, Brian Garvey, Ryan Johnson and Uel Shanklin the Eagles did not give up a single sack. Their blocking also helped Shawn Brashers chew up 85-yards on the ground. Sanders finished with 156 yards; Swafford went 15-22 for 241 yards and 4 TDs.