Defense Made the Difference in Bruins Opener at Franklin

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Brentwood took an early lead Friday night at Franklin in the hot and humid season opener, and held it against a late Rebel push.

The visiting Bruins hung on and went home with a 14-10 victory, thanks, Coach Ron Crawford said, to a strong defensive performance.

“Mistakes were pretty plentiful on both sides but overall, you get a win and try to get better,” the veteran coach of 33 years said. “I am proud of our toughness and our grit and our defense was able to contribute and hold on for a win.”

Quarterback Carson Shacklett struck first for Brentwood when he found Parker Bullion for a 35-yard touchdown less than five minutes into the game. Bullion led all runners on the night with 159 yards and a score on 32 carries.

The teams traded possessions, with a Price Wynn interception of Shacklett late in the first quarter in the Rebel end zone that held the score at 7-0 at the end of the first.
But the Bruins would get their two-score lead their next time with the ball, when Carter McKechnie capped a drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, creating a 14-0 game with 6:16 left in the first half.

It looked like Franklin was going to fall behind by even more later in the second quarter. Brentwood drove down the field to a first-and-goal at the Rebel 3. But the Franklin “D” held, stopping a fourth-and-goal try, and took over with just more than two minutes left in the half.

Two defensive offside penalties brought the Rebels out to their own 13 yard line. Then Davis Whitehurst broke free down the left sideline on an 87-yard Rebel touchdown run to notch it to 14-7 with 1:47 left in the second quarter. Whitehurst led Franklin with 98 yards rushing on 11 carries on the night.

The third quarter turned into a defensive back and fourth. On the night, BHS lost two turnovers from two interceptions. Shacklett, who finished 10 of 15 for 114 yards and touchdown and an interception, threw one of them. The Rebels, whose quarterback Carter Hendry went 8 of 15 for 80 yards, lost two fumbles and could not find a rhythm on offense for the relentless Bruin pass rush.

Franklin missed a field goal in the third, then made one in the fourth, a 32-yarder by Christopher Miller-Hill with 8:15 left in the game to make it 14-10.

But that was as close as it would get.

The Bruins held on, stopping a late Rebel drive as time ran out.

BHS gained 291 total yards, Franklin 251.

Grant Yocum led BHS receiving with 7 catches forv79 yards. Chancellor Bright led FHS receiving with 27 yards on 3 catches.

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