Ensworth beats Brentwood Academy, 49-48, in the Division II-AAA playoffs on Thursday night. While this loss was certainly disappointing for the Brentwood Academy football program, it was also a great opportunity for the team to see a stater/captain take the field for his school. Landon Wells passed a touchdown pass to Ian Scott of 46 yards.
Ensworth defeats brentwood academy football during Division II-AAA playoffs
Brentwood Academy defeated Ensworth 33-22 Friday night in the Division II-AAA playoffs, and the Eagles remain in the race for the D-II AAA title. Ensworth’s Mark Smith ran for 80 yards and scored a field goal in the first quarter. This brought the Eagles’ lead to seven.
MBA and Ensworth are both highly ranked in Tennessee. They will be playing in Friday’s quarterfinal match. The Lady Tigers are on a historic run after winning the Division II Class AA state title last year. In the semifinal round, McCallie will face Brentwood Academy. While the Eagles are hoping to extend their record-setting run, Ensworth has a chance to win the state championship, despite their loss.
Both teams are in different regions, and it may be tough to determine which region will go on to the next round. Both Ensworth and MBA were previously in the East Region, but were moved to the West Region last week. They will be playing in the same region during the playoffs. MBA will play a Memphis-area team, and the Pope John Paul II team will play a Nashville-area school.
Next up for the Tigers is Briarcrest Christian. This game is crucial to Ensworth’s playoff seeding. Next Friday, Brentwood Academy will face Memphis University School in Division II-AAA playoffs. If they win this game, they will advance to the TSSAA playoffs, where they will face Tennessee Tech, a TSSAA school and a rivalry team.
Both teams have outstanding players at key positions. Ensworth’s quarterback, Ty Chandler, had a career year, and a stellar freshman class. Robert Riddle, Ensworth’s quarterback, has a Doane University title to his credit. He has played well and won the Doane University Open. His teammates were the real difference-makers.
Although the Tigers were favored, it didn’t matter what the result was. The Tigers scored 45 points against Nolensville and made the Division II-AAA playoffs for the first time in school history. A late touchdown by MBA’s Mason Curtis made it 14-6. This is a game that doesn’t matter much in football, but it’s still a win.
Benji was a stater/captain at Brentwood Academy
The first ever stater/captain in Brentwood Academy football history will play Montgomery Bell Academy on Thursday, August 31 at 7:00 pm. Both teams have won 18 TSSAA state titles. The teams first met in the 5A Playoffs in 1995, with the Eagles winning 35-10. The series record for both teams is 14-9. The Eagles have won three consecutive games against the Big Red and the team expects that 6,000 people will attend the game.
Benji was the stater/captain of the team’s top rusher after his freshman year. His touchdown rush against MBA was a career-best 94-yarder, and he had two receiving touchdowns – one for 16 yards and another for 19. He had five catches for 76 yard. While the team’s defense dominated the Mustangs, Benji had a big game to open the season.
After a scoreless first half, Brentwood moved the ball down the field, but Terrell Academy’s defense stopped the Eagles twice on fourth down. The Eagles won the second half, but after three sacks, Brentwood was facing third-and-18 deep inside Terrell territory. This was the game’s final score and Benji was a stater/captain at Brentwood Academy football.
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