Brentwood’s James Scott landed on a fumble in the second overtime, leading the Bruins to a 27-24 win over Independence in the second round of the TSSAA 6A state football playoffs on Friday night.
The first game was a 42-31 Independence win, but the Brentwood defense owned the night. Linebacker Xiere Howard had an interception, and Nathan Dunn recovered a fourth-quarter fumble at midfield.
Brentwood held potent Eagle quarterback Ethan Cash to just 10 of 31 passing for 245 yards. Cash ran 13 times for 50 yards, threw one touchdown and ran for another.
That ended the outstanding high school career of Independence receiver T.J. Sheffield, who caught four balls for 121 yards and rushed three times for 10. Sheffield will attend Purdue on a football scholarship next season.
The Bruins (10-2) will face Ravenwood (10-2), which BHS beat by a 31-28 score on Sept. 28.
Independence (6-6), playing from behind all night, tied the game with 30 seconds left, sending the contest to overtime.
In the first overtime, quarterbacks Cash and Cade Granzow (14 of 28, 182 yards, 18 rushes, 82 yards) each traded rushing scores.
In the second, BHS kicker Tabor Miller hit a field goal to put the Bruins up, 27-24, before Scott’s recovery ended the night.
The Bruins led 17-7 at half, but Independence kicker Weston Landry hit a third-quarter field goal to get the Eagles closer.
Brentwood’s Miller hit a first-quarter field goal for the game’s first points, then, the Bruins’ Carter McKechnie (six catches, 61 yards)hauled in a 39-yard touchdown catch to set up Granzow’s 4-yard scoring run.
Sheffield put the Eagles on the board with a 77-yard touchdown catch from Cash.
Granzow then scored on a 5-yard keeper with about a minute left in the second quarter. That was set up by his 41-yard pass to Walker Merrill.
BHS held former teammate Chayce Bishop to one catch for 28 yards. Bishop ran twice for minus-4.