Briarwood Academy’s Buccaneers hold a 2-1 record after last Friday’s 34-13 loss to the Brentwood War Eagles.
“It was just a frustrating night on our side. I feel like we could have played better and I feel like we can play with that team. We just can’t get over that hump right now,” said Bo Fleming, Briarwood Academy head coach.
In Briarwood’s third consecutive home game of the season, the Bucs’ offense was held to just 102 yards rushing and 124 yards passing. Briarwood had a shot at the end zone early but faced fourth-and-4 from the 7 yard. The pass was knocked down, ending the Bucs’ opening drive.
“We had a great first drive, did what we wanted to do, but we weren’t able to punch it in at the end,” said Fleming. “We had a play that we called that we thought was open, but the kid for them just made a good play and batted the ball down.”
Brentwood scored first with a rushing touchdown in the second quarter and followed with a second one with 1:47 left in the opening half. They carried a 14-0 lead into the break.
“Right before the end of the half they hit a long pass and made it 14-0, which hurt us,” Fleming said.
Early in the third quarter the Eagles scored on a 58-yard touchdown run. The point-after try missed, but Brentwood had strengthened its lead to 20-0. Then the Bucs’ offense rallied. The drive started with a fumbled snap, but soon after provided some excitement. Three plays into the drive quarterback Branson Beggs connected to Crawford Thigpen for a 34-yard gain. Two plays later a 17-yard pass completion from Beggs to Gavin Taylor put the Bucs on the board. A passing attempt by Dax Reese on the two-point attempt was intercepted. The Bucs trailed 20-6.
Brentwood added a touchdown in the third quarter and then another early in the fourth to swell their lead to 35-6. Briarwood’s second scoring drive of the night began on the Bucs’ 35 with 11:53 remaining in the game. Briarwood scored on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Beggs to Andrew Stapleton.
“Bottom line, we’ve just got to do better up front,” said Fleming.
Against Brentwood, Reese led in rushing with 72 yards from 18 carries. Charlie Mosley and Beggs had 11 yards apiece rushing. Beggs completed 10 of 19 passing attempts for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Thigpen led in receiving with three catches for 54 yards. Braxton Blakey again led the defense, this time with 10 total tackles. Mosley had 9 total tackles and Tucker Lord added 8. This Friday the Bucs travel to Dublin to face 1-2 Trinity Christian.
“We’ll have our hands full Friday. We’re going to have to go down there and get after it,” Fleming said. “We plan on getting back on our winning way Friday night.”