STORY BY LOGAN BUTTS | PHOTOS BY ANDY COLLIGNON
Brentwood Academy scored on the first possession of the game on Friday night and never looked back as the Eagles dominated Father Ryan 50-7.
The Eagles, who improved to 4-1 with the win, stormed out of the gates with a long score from sophomore running back Jordan James less than two minutes into the contest.
“I think we’ve gone through some trials and our kids know how to play,” Brentwood Academy head coach Cody White said.
“We’ve developed a little bit of depth. We’re really a young team, so I was pleased with how they maturely handled the situation that we haven’t been in all year really.”
After senior Jackson Horton grabbed an interception on the defensive end, BA drove down and kicked a field goal to open up a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
On the first play of the second half, Horton picked off another Father Ryan pass. The turnover led to a quick toss rushing touchdown for James to give the Eagles a 17-0 advantage.
Following another Eagles defensive stand, senior Aaron Lewis blocked an Irish punt, which junior Logan Spell promptly scooped up in the end zone for another score.
“We’re played well defensively all year, but since the second half of last week we’ve played exceptionally well,” White said.
“Again, that’s a spot where we’re pretty young in some key spots, but they’re starting to learn what they’re doing and we’re going to get some of our guys back healthy.”
Junior quarterback Tayler Montiel joined in on the action midway through the second quarter, tossing a lob to James for his third touchdown of the night.
James rushed nearly 40 yards unscathed into the end zone at the 4:02 mark of the second quarter for his fourth touchdown of the first half.
Following another Father Ryan turnover, BA knocked in a field goal with just over two minutes to play in the half, giving the Eagles a 40-0 lead heading into the break.
The dominance in the turnover game continued in the second half as Brentwood Academy forced a third fumble on the opening play of the third quarter, leading to another Eagles field goal.
“We just still have to keep finding out who we are, and who we want to be,” Father Ryan head coach Brian Rector said.
“We have to start valuing the football. If we don’t start valuing the football, we’ll lose every game the rest of the way out. If we start valuing the football, we might have a chance this week. If not, then we won’t.”
The Irish finally got on the board with under a minute left in the third quarter as junior David Tabscott passed a touchdown to junior Josh Pfeifer.
BA notched one more touchdown for an even 50 points late in the contest as freshman Deuce Scott scampered in for the final score of the game.
The Eagles will move on to face West Toronto Prep, hailing from Canada, at home next week. Father Ryan falls to 1-4 as a date with Germantown looms next Friday.