by Matt Menard
The stage was set for football on a perfect fall night in Brentwood, Tennessee. A standing room only crowd of 6,568 packed Carlton Platt Stadium to witness the Great American Rivalry Series matchup as two of the biggest rivals in Nashville high school sports squared off on the gridiron. Brentwood Academy took advantage of its size, passing attack, and MBA turnovers to bring home a 35-7 victory.
After winning the coin toss, Brentwood took the ball right down the field and scored on their first possession of the game. Quarterback Matthew Hamby capped off the scoring drive with a 3-yard quarterback keeper to give the Eagles a 7-0 advantage. The teams traded punts on their next few possessions, but right as the quarter was about to conclude Victor Caro gave the Eagles a spark. Caro found a seam in the defense and rushed the ball 78 yards for a touchdown as the clock struck 0:00. This gave Brentwood a 14-0 lead.
The Eagles gave their fans some more late excitement in the 2nd quarter as Great American Rivalry Series Game MVP Radir Annoor capped off a five-play, 51-yard drive with a 17-yard touchdown run, his first of two on the evening. This extended the Eagles lead to 21-0.
Montgomery Bell’s offense came to life as they got the ball to start off the 3rd quarter, taking the ball down the field without much resistance and cutting into the 21-point deficit. Their scoring drive was highlighted by a 46-yard pass from Dylan Hall to Brooks Best, which set up a 1-yard touchdown run by MBA quarterback Aaron Simonis. The score at the end of three quarters was Brentwood 21-MBA 7.
The Eagles marched right back down the field to start the 4th quarter, and Hamby finished the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run to push the Brentwood lead back to 21 points at 28-7. The final nail in the coffin was delivered when Annoor scored his second touchdown of the game. With 3:39 left in the contest, Annoor ran 21-yards for the touchdown to round out the scoring at 35-7.
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- Brentwood vs. MBA – 2010