CLARKSVILLE — A well-oiled Brentwood High team rolled into Northeast and tested the Eagles all night.
The weather didn’t help. It rained the entire first half before Brentwood claimed a 23-3 Region 7-5A victory at the Eagles Nest.
Brentwood put up a good first drive, burning more than six minutes off the clock, but was held to a field goal thanks to a quick Eagles defense. Northeast answered with 1:33 left in the first quarter as Logan Rasnick’s kick tied the game at 3-3.
On the first play of the second quarter, the Eagles (2-4, 0-3 Region 7-5A) mishandled a snap and lost a fumble, setting the Bruins up deep in Northeast territory.
The Eagles held until Brentwood converted on fourth-down touchdown for a 10-3 advantage with 9:45 left in the first half. The Bruins added another field goal with 14 seconds left in the half for a 13-3 lead.
Neither team started strong in the second half, but Brentwood (3-3, 3-0) finally started driving with about five minutes left in the third quarter.
Bruins quarterback Carson Croy connected on screen passes to Seth Coggin, which opened up the running game. Croy would score from 15 yards out with 2:59 left in the third for a 20-3 lead.
The Bruins would tack on another field goal with 11:17 left in the game.
Brentwood coach Ron Crawford felt good about his team’s performance.
“That made us 3-0 in the region,” Crawford said. “But, give them credit. We were a little disappointed, I feel like we’ve got to improve in our passing game. I am really proud of our offensive line though — we hammered it up in there and had some good rushing plays. Our defense played really good and our kicking game is excellent. We got some more points there, that’s 10 field goals that Tucker has made on the year.”
Northeast coach Terry Arrington was disappointed with his team’s performance.
“We can’t score,” he said. “If you can’t put points on the board, you can’t win. I thought defensively, we played well enough to win, we kept holding them to field goals. But, again, we had two punts blocked and we turned the ball over down here on their end.
“It’s been the story all year, just a matter of not executing. Until we start executing we aren’t going to win many games.”