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PREVIEW: Brentwood vs. Montgomery Bell (TN)

August 28, 2012

The Brentwood Academy Eagles and the Montgomery Bell Academy Big Red are set to continue their rivalry on August 31st at 7:00 P.M (CST). There is no shortage of tradition between the teams, having a combined 18 TSSAA State Championships between them. The annual rumble dates back to 1995, when the two first met in the 5A Playoffs with Brentwood winning the inaugural installment 35-10. The Big Red leads the all-time series record 14-9, but the Eagles have had the better of the rivalry of late, winning three of the last four match-ups. 6,000 fans are expected to come out to Brentwood’s Carlton Platt Field and witness Tennessee high school football at its finest.

Brentwood is led by first year head coach Cody White. The Eagles made it to the 2nd round of the Division II AA Playoffs before losing to Christian Brothers High, 37-34. They return a talented squad with 5 players named preseason all-state in Tennessee, led by Seniors Jalen Ramsey (USC commitment) and Max Staver, who said he will sign with the University of Florida. Ramsey, a 5 star Cornerback, is ranked #11 overall according to Rivals.com, and will play Wide Receiver and Cornerback. Staver is the #27 ranked pro-style Quarterback and will have plenty of talent to throw to with Ramsey, Senior Justin Anderson, and Junior Brandon Taylor all lining up on the flanks.

Despite being up 23-17 going into halftime of their opening game of the season, the Eagles lost to the Trinity Shamrocks (Louisville, KY) 52-23. Trinity was named by numerous media polls as the National Champions in 2011, and have started off the 2012 season ranked #10 in the nation. Brentwood bounced back last week with a 43-6 win over Maplewood.

Montgomery Bell finished the 2011 season with an overall record of 6-6, behind first year head coach Marty Euverard. Going into the 2012 season, coach Euverard is expecting the Big Red’s strength to be in the trenches. Led by Senior Center John Powell, the offensive line will also feature 2 of the top offensive line Juniors in Jashon Robertson (guard), and Alex Bars (tackle). Robertson has already committed to play at Vanderbilt University.

The Big Red opened with a massive 51-0 win over Memphis Kingsbury, but lost a heartbreaker last week to Louisville’s Trinity 27-23 when a Hail Mary attempt fell to the ground as time expired.

Both teams come into this game with a 1-1 record, and will look to get the season back on the right foot as they march towards the playoffs.

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