BRENTWOOD – Brentwood senior quarterback Davis White threw for four touchdowns and 289 yards in leading the Bruins to a 42-21 win over the visiting Beech Buccaneers Friday night.
“On Senior Night, it starts with our seniors,” Brentwood Coach Clint Finch said. “Davis White, he did a great job tonight. He’s playing his best football.”
Senior receiver Aaron Walton had 10 catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. “Aaron Walton continues to be a dominant player for us,” Finch said.
“Scott Collins was his usual workhorse self,” Finch said of the senior running back who had 107 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
The Bruin defense, which starts several seniors, “has played lights out since week two,” according to Finch. The defense stood up again against Beech, limiting the Buccaneers’ normally effective running game.
“Beech prides itself on being a physical football team,” Finch said. “We challenged our kids to match that. I’m proud of them.”
The Bruins exploded for 28 second quarter points. Two of their touchdowns came after recovering Beech fumbles and a third followed a defensive stop on fourth and two on the Buccaneer 46-yard line.
“We went for it on fourth down at midfield. That was a mistake,” Beech Coach Anthony Crabtree said. “That jumpstarted them.”
“It was a terrible second quarter,” Crabtree said. “We didn’t do a good job of executing. We made a lot of mental mistakes. You can’t make mistakes against a good football team like them.”
The quarter started well for Beech. J.P. Courtney punched the ball into the endzone from three yards out to cap a 17-play, 58-yard drive and giving the Bucs a 7-0 lead.
Brentwood answered quickly when White found Clayton Merrill in the back of the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown completion that tied the score a 7-7.
White followed that with two touchdown passes to Walton of 37 and 9 yards, sandwiching a 9-yard scoring run by Collins, and Brentwood took a 28-7 lead at halftime.
The Bruins opened the third quarter with an 8-play, 66-yard drive that was finished with a 10-yard touchdown pass from White to Jacob Davis, completing 35 unanswered points for Brentwood.
Beech’s Andrew Paige returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, trimming the Brentwood lead to 35-21.
The Bucs scored again on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Ford to Jackson Long, cutting Brentwood’s lead to 35-21.
Brentwood snuffed out any hope of a Beech comeback when Jackson Lowe ran 12 yards for a touchdown and a 42-21 Bruin lead.
“It was a team effort,” said White, who had praise for his offensive line, receivers, running backs, as well as the Brentwood defense. “We’re coming together as a team.”
“This is a huge win,” White added. “Beech is a really good team. They’re very physical.”
The win improves Brentwood’s record to 5-4 on the season and 2-2 in Region 7-6A. After losing the first three games of the season, Brentwood has won four in a row and five of the last six to move above .500 for the first time this year.
Next week, they will finish the regular season at Centennial in a region contest. A win against Centennial will lock up third place in the region standings for Brentwood as they head into the playoffs.
“The only thing we’re concerned about is having a good week of practice,” Finch said.
Beech’s record falls to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the region. The Bucs will finish the regular season on the road in a Region 5-6A contest against Rossview.
“It’s a big region game,” Crabtree said. “We’re trying to finish the season with a 7-3 record and get a home playoff game.”