The Brentwood Academy defense and special teams came up big as the Eagles rolled past DII-AA East/Middle rival Ensworth 49-7 Friday.
On the first drive of the game, Brentwood Academy linebacker Max Mullen intercepted a screen pass from Ensworth quarterback Coleman Goodwin and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles’ special teams followed that with a blocked punt for a touchdown, as they raced to a 12-0 lead.
“The defense and special teams came out early and set the tone for our team,” said Brentwood Academy coach Cody White.
Ensworth (3-4, 1-2) battled back, thanks to a 51-yard touchdown pass from Goodwin to Rodney Owens, cutting the lead to 12-7.
But in the end, turnovers cost the Tigers.
“You cannot have six turnovers in a game against a bad team,” said Ensworth coach Ricky Bowers. “We did some good things in parts of the game. But you really cannot have six turnovers against a good team.”
Brentwood Academy (5-1, 3-0) struggled offensively in the first half but got it going in the second half with its running game, led by Prince Momodou, who finished with 137 on 23 carries and two touchdowns.
“Running behind that line and our defense makes me feel good about this team,” Momodou said.
The Eagle defense held Ensworth running back Darius Morehead to just 5 yards on 10 carries.
Brentwood Academy will play host to fellow region unbeaten MBA on Friday.