Brentwood Academy beat Montgomery Bell Academy by a 28-14 score in the TSSAA Division II Class AAA title game to win yet-another state championship for the Eagles. Here are some notes on the night.
Not only did Brentwood Academy win the state—again—but Saturday’s win capped a perfect season fo the Eagles.
That’s something BA wasn’t able to do in its previous two years, when it won the state title each time, but lost twice in 2016 and once in 2015.
BA also won state championships in 1974, 1980-82, ’87-88, ’91, ’95-96 and 2006.
Cam Johnson goes out with an electric performance
It was no surprise when senior wide receiver Camron Johnson was named the game’s Offensive Most Valuable Player.
The senior caught five passes for 76 yards, and had a 47-yard rushing touchdown on BA’s second offensive snap, providing enough offense for a 14-point win.
“Coach [Cody White] had an emphasis on getting me the ball on the opening drive, and once I got that first touchdown, I felt like I was in a groove,” Johnson said. “Then, this man right here made sure I got the ball. He threw me two perfect throws. He made it easy for me.”
Johnson was referring to quarterback (and best friend) Gavin Schoenwald, who’ll join him (albeit as a tight end) at Vanderbilt next year.
Johnson’s second touchdown catch put BA up 28-7 near the end of the first half. Johnson was closely covered by a pair of defensive backs, but the way Schoenwald worded the play speaks volumes about his confidence in Johnson.
“It wasn’t specifically actually called for him. It was called more for our tight end. But I saw the mismatch and I’m telling you, when I see him going up against anybody in our league, I’m going to throw it up to him.”
A “mis-match” against a closely-covered receiver?
“It’s a mis-match,” Schoenwald clarified with a smile.
Johnson also played safety much of the night as well. He was credited with two solo stops, and nearly blocked a punt on special teams also.
A tough choice for defensive MVP
BA linebacker Devyn Curtis was awarded Defensive MVP honors, and with good reason. The sophomore tackled up eight solo tackles and eight assists, and was also credited with a tackle and a half for loss.
But Curtis’s linebacking teammates were pretty special also.
Jackson Sirmon, a Washinton linebacker commitment (and son of former Titans linebacker Peter Sirmon) amassed 11 total tackles (five solo), and two-and-a-half stops for loss. Sirmon had two of the evening’s biggest defensive plays, perhaps sealing the game with a stop for loss midway through the fourth quarter, which set up a fourth-down play where MBA could’t convert a pass once Sirmon came bearing down on MBA quarterback Ty Allen.
Luke Knox was also tremendous. Knox had six stops (three solo) with 2.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a hurry.
Like Sirmon, Knox is a senior.
And then, there was cornerback Kenyon Garlington, another senior, who had an interception and the biggest pass break-up of the game, making up a bunch of ground to swat away a potential fourth-quarter touchdown.
Last time around for these guys
It was the last game for 18 BA seniors.
In addition to Sirmon, Knox, Johnson, Garlington and Schoenwald, the Eagles lose backup quarterback Connor Woodlee, linebacker Curtis Johnson, receiver Henry Scott, defensive back Daniel Taylor, kicker Toby Wilson, punter Harrison Smith, linemen Jordan McCoy, Clayton Ladd and Braden Murphy, and wide receiver Carter Holmes.
Taylor, a Navy commitment, had three tackles and a pass break-up.
McCoy, a top player along the defensive line for BA this year, had two unassisted stops.
Archie caught two passes for 13 yards.