COOKEVILLE, Tenn.—Brentwood Academy wide receiver Camron Johnson put on a show to remember in a 28-14 win over Montgomery Bell Academy in the state’s Division II Class AAA title game at Tucker Field on Saturday evening.
In the last high school game for both, Johnson hooked up with quarterback Gavin Schoenwald for a pair of first-half touchdown passes, and Johnson added a rushing score, as the Eagles raced to a 28-7 halftime lead and never looked back, capping an undefeated season for BA (12-0).
Schoenwald was 8 of 13 for 98 yards, and Johnson caught five balls for 76 yards, and added a 47-yard rushing score.
The BA also got huge stops when it counted. Linebackers Jackson Sirmon (11 tackles, 2.5 for loss), Luke Knox (six tackles, 2.5 for loss) and Devyn Curtis (16 tackles, 1.5 for loss) were terrific for the Eagles, who held MBA to 259 total yards.
It’s the third state title in a row for Brentwood Academy, and the school’s 13th overall.
MBA cut the BA lead to 14 after quarterback Ty Allen found Jackson McFadden with a touchdown pass for the second time on the evening, followed by a Alex Massad point-after with 5:32 left in the third quarter.
After a BA punt, the Big Red drove across midfield midway though the fourth quarter and threatened to pull closer.
But on a third-and-2 from the 40, Sirmon knifed through the middle of the line and stopped running back Michael McGuire for a 2-yard loss. Then, he applied back-side pressure to Allen, forcing an incompletion to end the drive, as cornerback Tahir Annoor had excellent coverage on his man.
The BA offense, which got conservative in the second half, punted back to MBA again. The Big Red drove to the Eagles’ 5, and cornerback Kenyon Garlington made a fantastic close on an open receiver to break up a pass in the end zone with 1:35 left, effectively ending the game.
BA made it look easy early out of the gate.
On a third-down play on MBA’s first series, BA cornerback Kenyon Garlington picked off Allen at the MBA 47.
Johnson then caught a short pass for little gain, then scampered 47 yards down the right sideline for a score on the next snap.
After another Big Red three-and-out, a 23-yard put set BA up at its 45. A quick slant from Schoenwald to Johnson put BA at the MBA 37. Shoenwald’s 25-yard keeper put the Eagles at the 5, before Tomario Pleasant ran in from the 3 with 6:34 left in the quarter.
But the Big Red finally got its ground game going at the end of the first quarter, which opened things up through the air. Allen rolled to his round and found McFadden wide open in the end zone for a 9-yard score, with Massad’s point-after cutting the lead in half.
The Eagles marched deep into MBA territory on their next drive. On a third-and-3 from the Big Red 16, Schoenwald rolled right and spotted Johnson near the front right corner of the end zone with a pair of defenders draped over him.
The senior needed to make a perfect throw, and he did, firing into a narrow window as Johnson went to his knees for six points.
The next time drive was easier. It ended when Schoenwald found Johnson without a defender within several yards of him in the right corner of the end zone for a 19-yard score and a 28-7 lead after the point-after.
Schoenwald’s only real first-half blemish was an interception inside the final minute, but the Big Red missed a 44-yard field goal as time expired at the break.