Brentwood Academy gave Baylor a taste of its own medicine Friday at Carlton Flatt Field.
The visiting Red Raiders, ranked No. 1 in Division II, brought one of the state’s stingiest defenses with them from Chattanooga for Friday’s East/Middle Region showdown with the defending state champions. However, it was the Eagle’s defense that stole the show in a dominating 35-0 victory.
“We were really hyped for this game; we were ready,” Brentwood Academy junior defensive back Camron Johnson said. “People were saying they were the No. 1 team in the state, and them coming to our house, we had something to say about that.
“I think that showed tonight. We had an incredible will to win.”
Simply put, Baylor ran into a brick wall.
Brentwood Academy (4-1, 2-0 DII-AA East/Middle), which captured its 12th straight win over in-state competition on Friday, held Baylor (4-1, 1-1) to less than 100 yards of total offense while limiting the Red Raiders to just five first downs — three of which came by way of Eagle penalties.
“Our defense prepared very well this week, I could tell,” said Eagles quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall, who accounted for four of the team’s five touchdowns. “They took a lot of extra time out of their schedules to really prepare for that offense.
”I think this week’s preparation really separated us.”
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In addition to stuffing the Red Raiders’ running game — 66 yards on 20 carries — the Eagles were also exceptional against the pass. Baylor quarterbacks Lorenzo White and Truston McArtor finished a combined 8 of 16 though the air for just 21 yards with three interceptions.
“Two of the turnovers we ended up scoring on, and we had really good field position on both of them,” said Johnson, who hauled in two of the team’s three picks. “Just to get those turnovers were big momentum shifts and provided a spark just for our offense to get back on the field.”
Brentwood Academy outgained Baylor 391-87 in total yardage.