STORY BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON | PHOTOS BY MATT MASTERS
The Brentwood Bruins (6-1) kept the Region 6-6A slate moving as they traveled to Independence (5-2).
The entire night was a hard-fought battle, but it was visiting Brentwood who got a field goal right before halftime and kept the momentum the entire second half to post up the 24-7 win.
Indy was on a five-game win streak heading into the contest.
The Bruins were lead by Quarterback Cade Granzow, who ran the offense extremely well.
He kept the Eagles off track with his quarterback keeper, and well timed placement of his screen passes and down the field throws.
On their second drive Granzow hit Walker Merrill with a 19-yard touchdown pass with 4:25 left in the 1st quarter.
The rest of the half saw both teams defenses bend but not break.
Indy moved the ball effectively between the 20’s most of the half, but the drives were stalled out as they got close to the red zone.
Late in the first half, Indy was finally able to put together a scoring drive as they scored on a 13-yard pass from quarterback QB Ethan Cash to Chayce Bishop with 2:39 remaining in the half to tie the game at 7 all.
It should be noted that Cash was impressive in his team’s defeat. He was 18-29 for 196 yards and a TD and an interception. Bishop was also impressive with 7 catches for 76 yards, and the exciting TD catch from Cash.
On the ensuing drive Brentwood drove the ball to the two-yard line with two seconds left in the half. And Thomas Day kicked a field goal to give the Bruins a 10-7 halftime lead.
In the second half, Brentwood seemed to have figured out what they needed to do.
The Bruins mixed some screens in with mostly quarterback keepers and marched down the field. And at 6:25 in the third, Luke Walters ran in for the touchdown from eight yards out to make it 17-7.
Later in the third quarter on a drive, Granzow was chased out of the pocket and avoided a sack. And at the last second before being dragged to the ground, he threw an underhanded pass to Merrill in the end zone for the score.
It gave Brentwood its final 24-7 advantage.
The Bruins controlled the pace in the last quarter running the ball, and eating up clock on offense, and not allowing Indy to get much momentum while on defense.
Some of the key stats in the game was Brentwood had 19 first downs, while Indy had 10. The Bruins also rushed for 162 yards, while the Eagles had 44. Indy committed six crucial penalties, while Brentwood only had three.
After the win the Bruins coach Ron Crwaford shared his excitement for his team’s performance.
“I thought we really executed in all three phases,” he said. “I really was pleased. The first half we made a lot of mistakes, and allowed them to stay with us. They have a heck of a quarterback, and he’s an unbelievable talent, and we did a good job of running out the clock. “
He spoke on Granzow’s (20/30, 206 yards, 2 TD’s) stellar night.
“Our quarterback just played unbelievable,” Crawford said. “He’s had three great games in a row…just really proud of him.”
Indy coach Scott Blade shared that, “It was a tough game. Coach Crawford, and his staff do a great job, and had his kids prepared. We felt we were prepared. We had some injuries that really affected our personnel decisions in the second half.
“We made too many mistakes, but that’s a credit to Bentwood. Our kids fought hard all year, and they continued to fight hard. Unfortunately they came up short tonight.”
Both teams have off next week. Then region football continues Brentwood plays at Franklin, and Indy travels to Dickson County.