In the final game of the current series between Brentwood Academy and Trinity High School of Louisville, a strong Rocks’ running game led the Kentucky powerhouse to their fourth straight victory over the Eagles since 2011. The Rocks beat BA by a score of 35-21.
After partially blocking the punt on Trinity’s opening drive, BA was able to mount a short drive. However, Toby Wilson’s field goal attempt sailed just wide and the game remained scoreless. Trinity then took the ball nearly the length of the field over the next 5 and a half minutes before finishing with a 23-yard field goal to give the Rocks the 3-0 lead after one. After a short drive going 3 and out, a tired BA defense returned to the field, where Trinity would take the ground once again before Roderick Thomas would score the first of his two second quarter touchdowns. Trailing by 10, the Eagles would quickly respond with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Jeremiah Oatsvall to Camron Johnson to make it 10-7. The teams traded punts before Trinity got the ball in Eagles’ territory. Thomas would score his second TD with less than 2 minutes in the half. BA tried to change the momentum by putting Gavin Schoenwald under center, but he was intercepted by Trinity and the Rocks to the 17-7 lead into the locker room.
Defense controlled the third quarter, with four of the first five drives of the half ending in punts. The other drive ended with a Trinity interception of Oatsvall. The methodical Rocks would end the quarter with a four and a half minute drive ending with a 38-yard field goal. A high-scoring fourth quarter would start with Oatsvall taking a 4th and 1 outside run 71 yards for a touchdown to close the deficit to 20-14 Rocks. Trinity immediately responded with a run-heavy drive, capped off by quarterback Spencer Blackburn tiptoeing the final 20 yards on a 38-yard touchdown run. Blackburn then completed the pass on the two-point conversion to make the score 28-14. BA mount their first sustained drive in response, with Oatsvall completing key passes to set up a 2-yard plunge by Jack McDonald to make it a single-score game once again. Trinity was able to put the game on ice late though with a 46-yard run by Thomas to make it 35-21 Rocks. Oatsvall was intercepted with 21 seconds left to snuff out any glimmer of hope for a comeback.
“We didn’t control the line of scrimmage,” said Brentwood Academy Coach Cody White. “We [played] behind the sticks, trying to climb back in it. We didn’t make a play when we need to. [We] got within one possession, couldn’t do it.”
The Eagles fell to 1-1 on the season. The good news for the Eagles is that a loss to Trinity does little to affect BA’s hopes for a state championship, just ask the 2015 State Champion Eagles. Brentwood Academy looks to right the ship next week at Pope John Paul II in Division II-AA play.
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