Brentwood Academy football endured a disappointing 6-4 season in 2019 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1997.
The Eagles (8-0) are out for revenge this season, and they’ve had plenty of it through eight weeks.
Their latest victory came Friday night at Carlton Flatt Field, where Brentwood Academy beat MBA 24-14 to atone for last year’s 15-7 loss to the Big Red.
“We lost four games last year, so there’s a lot of revenge to be had,” Brentwood Academy coach Cody White said. “But that’s no knock on the kids we had last year. We had a lot of guys hurt. That senior class had a lot of success. It was just a tough year.”
The Eagles also lost to McCallie, Knoxville Catholic and Baylor in 2019. Brentwood Academy has already beaten the first two this season and will have a shot at the third on Oct. 30 in Chattanooga.
“(The losses) were so motivating to us,” said senior linebacker Elijah Oatsvall, who led the Eagles with seven tackles on Friday. “Last season wasn’t what we wanted, but we came into this season with a chip on our shoulders. We put it all together this summer. We worked our butts off, so this means a lot.”
One reason Brentwood Academy stayed perfect on Friday was the emergence of its ground game. Sophomore tailback Deuce Scott, who had been slowed by an injury, delivered a breakout performance with 21 carries for 154 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles previously averaged just 116 rushing yards per game, which prompted a change.
“We will not win if we can’t run the ball in the state (playoffs). Not in this state,” White said. “We don’t have to run it for 300 yards a game, but we need to be able to effectively run when we have to.”
White moved four of the five starting offensive linemen – minus North Carolina commitment Eli Sutton – to new spots last week against Knoxville Catholic. The reorganized group got a strong push against MBA (3-2) that cleared room for Scott and gave senior quarterback Tayler Montiel more time to throw.
Montiel, a Mississippi State baseball commitment, completed 18 of his 23 passes for 241 yards and two scores – one to D.J. Senter (35 yards) in the first quarter and the other to Amir Annoor (six yards) in the second quarter. Annoor led all receivers with 110 yards on seven catches.
But Montiel was also glad to give way to Scott as the Eagles look for consistency in the backfield.
“We’ve always been a running team,” Montiel said. “I knew we could run. We were just waiting to unlock it.”
Brentwood Academy’s defense limited MBA dual-threat QB Marcel Reed to 120 total yards. He completed just nine of his 22 pass attempts and ran for 30 yards on nine carries.
The Big Red receivers were unable to find much separation against the Eagle secondary. Caleb Brooks had two pass breakups and Reggie Reed added a third and a tackle for loss.
MBA running back Patrick Wilk rushed for 107 yards and both Big Red touchdowns. But the MBA defense could not stop the Eagles on third down. Brentwood Academy converted nine of its 12 tries.
“We have to go to work. That’s it,” MBA coach Marty Euverard said. “There’s no complex formula. The guys believed (in themselves), and the defense got a little better (Friday), but we just have to get off the field on third down.”
Both teams are off next week before returning on Friday, Oct. 23. MBA will host Baylor (3-2), while Brentwood Academy will put its unblemished record on the line at Ensworth (1-4).
“Everybody’s pretty good, so we have to play well every week we go out,” White said.