PJ Brennan collected a plaque Friday night as the Ontario Honda Section V Class D Offensive Player of the Year.
Brennan later led the Alexander Trojans to an even bigger prize, the team’s first sectional trophy.
“People in our town love football,” Brennan said. “We gave them something to cheer about.”
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A senior quarterback, Brennan ran for two touchdowns and passed for another score as the Trojans turned back Clyde-Savannah, 19-6, at Rhinos Stadium. The defense intercepted five passes to help the Trojans make school history.
“I just can’t believe it,” Brennan said. “We’ve been waiting for this for so long, all season, but I kind of knew. I felt it was going to happen. Once the clock ticked down, it was just….. I just don’t believe it.”
The Trojans (10-0) move on to the state regional round to face Maple Grove, the Section VI or Buffalo-region champion, at 5 p.m. Nov. 11 in Orchard Park. That state playoff will be played in New Era Stadium, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.
“When we won the GR (Genesee Region league) we kind of had a feeling that we could go pretty far,” Brennan said. “We beat Attica, so that was great . They are a Class C school and are very good.
“We just had a feeling.”
Alexander Trojans win first Section V Football title— James A. Johnson (@jjDandC) November 4, 2016
Class D - Alexander 19, Clyde-Savannah 6 -Final pic.twitter.com/uGoSoVmOTq
Alexander never trailed the Golden Eagles (8-2) following Brennan’s 6-yard touchdown run on the game’s first possession.
Brennan increased the lead on Alexander’s second drive, which started after an interception by Chris McClinic. Brennan lofted a 17-yard pass to Derrick Busch behind the defense.
It was far from the last time Busch had his hands on the ball, as he intercepted three passes thrown by two Clyde-Savannah quarterbacks.
“Our coach (Alexander’s Tim Sawyer) is really smart and he put us in the best situations,” Busch said. “When they started keying on one coverage, we’d switch to another.
“We kept them confused all game.”
The Golden Eagles did cut into Alexander’s lead, when Derrick Chance scored on a 10-yard run on the first play of the second quarter to make the score 13-6. But Clyde-Savannah’s two-point conversion pass was incomplete pass and the team’s passing game never quite got on track.
Dane Heberlein, who ran for 97 yards on 21 carries, and McClinic also intercepted a pass while playing in Alexander’s defense. Clyde-Savannah had six turnovers.
Alexander quarterback PJ Brennan turns busted play into 21-yard TD. 5:19 remain 2nd quarter. Kick no good.— James A. Johnson (@jjDandC) November 4, 2016
Alexander 19, Clyde-Savannah 6 pic.twitter.com/teyZrJLJEW