Brentwood defense dominates from outset; Bulldogs fall to 0-2

Brentwood defense dominates from outset; Bulldogs fall to 0-2

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Brentwood defense dominates from outset; Bulldogs fall to 0-2

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The goal of the Smyrna Bulldogs was to score on Brentwood’s defense, and they found themselves unable to accomplish this mission Friday night.

The Bruins defeated the Bulldogs 34-0 at Robert L. Raikes Stadium. Brentwood also shut out Cookeville in Week Zero.

“The defense played really well, especially when their offense got them backed up there a time or two,” said Brentwood coach Mark Pemberton. “If you’re going to win championships, you’ve got to play great defense, and hopefully we’ll keep getting better and better.”

The Bulldogs, who struggled offensively at Battle Ground Academy in Week Zero in their 23-7 loss, were able to move the ball effectively on their first possession. They picked up two first downs as they moved the ball from the 20 to the Brentwood 40. But on 4th-and-15, they had to punt.

That was the most success Smyrna had in the first half. The Bulldogs managed only one more first down until halftime.

The Bruins scored for the first time with 57 seconds remaining in the first quarter on a 16-yard run by Ty Beazley.

They added to the lead with 7:44 left in the second quarter when Austin Winfree threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Andy Schumpert.

Brentwood took a 20-0 halftime lead with 1:44 leftwhen Winfree took the ball into the end zone from one yard out.

The Bulldogs amassed just 23 yards in the first half.

“It was embarrassing,” said Smyrna coach Matt Williams. “I thought we had a good week of practice, but we simply did not transfer what we did in practice onto the game field tonight. That is on me. We’ve got to do a better job.”

The Bulldogs did manage to move the ball at times in the second half, gaining 112 yards and picking up eight first downs. Ladarius Summers gained 45 yards on seven carries to lead the Bulldogs.

“I thought we moved the ball better tonight at times, we actually moved the ball on the ground, but the bottom line is we’ve got the hit the hole where we’re coached to hit it,” said Williams. “Again, that comes back to me, I’ve got to do a better job of getting the message through to them.”

Brentwood added to its lead with two more touchdowns in the second half.

The Bruins (2-0) gained 240 rushing yards on 40 carries, and quarterback Winfree threw for 129 yards.

The Bulldogs (0-2) host Riverdale Friday in their first Region 7-6A game of the season.

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