For the second time, the Great American Rivalry Series and U.S. Marine Corps came out to feature the traditional Tennessee turf war between the Montgomery Bell Academy Big Red and Brentwood Academy Eagles. Last year the Big Red claimed their third consecutive victory and first Great American Rivalry Series Championship Trophy with a 13-7 win, increasing their lead in the all-time series record to 13-6. This year both teams entered the rivalry on a somewhat level playing field with three regular season losses, but the Eagles seemed ready for revenge against their rival “Mama’s Boy Academy.” BA Athletic Director Phillip Montgomery showed off a trophy case overflowing with state championship awards. It seemed all that was missing was a Rivalry Series Championship Trophy, which he assured they would make room for.


Cody Nelson
Montgomery Bell Academy


Fitz Lassing

Montgomery Bell Academy

Fitz Lassing plays fullback and linebacker Montgomery Bell Academy and is a team captain for the Big Red. He carries a 4.55 GPA, is a National Merit Semi-Finalist, and has received the Yale Book Award, Spanish Medal in grades 9-11, and English Medal his junior year. He also placed 5th in the National Spanish Exam and is a City Statistics Test Champion. Fitz is a member of the basketball team, track team, and FCA at MBA. He is pictured with his parents, Chuck and Cindy. Presenting his award is Marine Sergeant Andy Hurt.
Kirk Gerald

Brentwood Academy

Kirk Gerrald is a senior running back for Brentwood Academy and four-year letterman on the Eagles Varsity Football Team. He maintains a straight A average and is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Leadership Team, Big Brother Program. and Young Life. He is also a Student Admission Ambassador for Brentwood Academy. Kirk completed a research internship last summer at Vanderbilt University and plans to pursue medicine or engineering in college. He is pictured with his mother, Susan, and Marine Staff Sergeant James Hill.


Ingle Martin

Montgomery Bell Academy

Ingle Martin belongs to the Montgomery Bell Academy Class of 2000 and had a 4-1 career record against Brentwood Academy. He was ranked among the nation’s top prep quarterbacks and led the Big Red to three consecutive state titles, including two wins over Brentwood. During his sophomore year, Ingle avenged an earlier regular season loss with a 21-19 victory over BA in the state championship game. In his junior year, he led his team to a 30-0 win over the Eagles and was later named Offensive MVP of the Clinic Bowl State Championship Game against Christian Brothers. And in his senior year, Ingle threw a touchdown pass in the state championship game against Brentwood, leading the Big Red to an 8-7 win. Ingle was named All-State in football and Division II AA Mr. Football Back of the Year during his junior and senior years and finished high school with a 32-game winning streak. He has since gone on to play for the NFL and is currently a quarterback for the New York Sentinels. William Liles accepted the award from Marine Sergeant Andy Hurt on behalf of Ingle.
Bill Kottas

Brentwood Academy

Bill Kottas played in the Brentwood Academy-MBA rivalry his sophomore, junior, and senior years. As captain of the 2006 squad, Bill led Brentwood to an impressive 42-7 victory over MBA, an 11-1 record, and a Tennessee Division II-AAA State Championship. He was also captain of the basketball team that won state championships three years in a row and was selected as an All-Region basketball player at point guard his junior and senior year. Bill was a sprinter on the varsity track team and helped his school capture four state championships in track and field. He currently plays wide receiver and special teams at Samford University. Marine Staff Sergeant James Hill presented his award.


The battle on the gridiron came to sudden life in the second quarter, when the Brentwood Academy Eagles scored three touchdowns in less than five minutes. Running back Victor Caro got the Eagles on the scoreboard with a one-yard run. MBA immediately evened the score on their next possession with a 36-yard touchdown run by student-athlete Fitz Lassing. For a moment it appeared as if the game might be a back and forth tug-of-war, but that was the last time the Big Red scored. In the second half, the Brentwood Academy Eagles secured a well-earned victory in the fourth quarter with one final touchdown, making the score 26-7. Quarterback Cody Nelson, who led his offense throughout the night throwing for 117 yards, passed the 1,000 yards passing mark for the season and was aptly named the game’s Great American Rivalry Series MVP.