Brentwood Academy moved one step closer to its first state championship since 2006 by locking up home-field advantage through the Division II semifinals with a 45-7 win over Father Ryan on Friday.
“We’ve got one goal in mind, and that’s to give ourselves a chance to win a state championship,” Brentwood Academy coach Cody White said. “What we did tonight was earn home-field advantage, which is big. We want people to come to our place and we’ve earned that right tonight.”
The Eagles (7-1, 5-0 DII-AA East/Middle) scored the first 38 points and rushed for more than 320 yards to play spoiler to the host Fightin’ Irish (4-4, 1-3) on homecoming.
Father Ryan was able to limit Brentwood Academy to just seven points in the first quarter. But in the second quarter Isaac Way added a 30-yard field goal on top of a 38-yard interception return for a score by Coutrell Plair and a 40-yard touchdown run by Prince Momodu to push the score to 24-0 at halftime.
Father Ryan coach Bruce Lussier said the Irish felt confident coming out of the locker room after half, but the Eagles’ Camron Johnson scooped up the opening kickoff off the bounce and returned it 98 yards to extend the Eagles’ lead to 31-0.
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“That kind of knocked our plan out of the way right there,” Lussier said. “I thought we had him pinned in there, but an athlete is going to beat you most of the time.”
Johnson said he was hoping to do something that could give the Eagles momentum to close out the game.
“We needed momentum coming out of halftime,” Johnson said. “We knew if we could get a score and get the momentum going then we’d probably be able to shut the game out. My blockers blocked excellent on that play and it was wide open.”
The sophomore also added 72 yards on three receptions and said it helped being able to spoil homecoming for their region opponent.
“We were definitely a little offended that they put their homecoming game against us,” he said. “For us to come in here and beat them 45-7 on their homecoming is definitely big for us.”
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