Junior Eagles Sweep Affton in 1st Meeting

John Danfort looks for room in a crowd of Affton players in the seventh-grade game last week. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

8th-graders win two of first three games

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit

Michael Jones kicks off after Brentwood’s first touchdown.

Brentwood’s eighth-grade football team rose to 2-1 with a 14-8 victory over a team of home-schooled students on Monday in Brentwood. The Junior Eagles have also beaten Affton 31-20 and lost to MICDS 41-14.

The seventh-grade Junior Eagles are 1-1, having beaten Affton 7-6 and lost to MICDS 33-7.

The Brentwood teams are coached by Ben Peters, John Sappington, Fred Brown, Tom Magee and Ethan Griesemer.

Seventh grade: Brentwood 7, Affton 6

The Junior Eagles took the lead on Chris Hill’s 22-yard run with 1:50 left in the second quarter. Reggie Jeffrey ran in the extra point to provide the margin that ended up winning the game for Brentwood.

It looked as if Affton had tied the score at 7 with 1:05 left in the game, but the Cougars were penalized for having an ineligible man downfield.

Eighth grade: Brentwood 31, Affton 20

Long runs by Al Slater and a leaping interception by Jordan Tate helped give Brentwood a 12-0 lead with 1:39 remaining in the first quarter. It all happened within three minutes: Slater scored on a run, Tate made the interception, Slater broke free for a 40-yard gain to the Affton 20, and Mason Mills scored on a four-yard run to make it 12-0.

Affton scored on a 15-yard run several minutes later and kicked a two-pointer to make it 12-8.

Both teams were scoreless for the remaining eight minutes of the first half. But in the second half Brentwood scored three TDs to Affton’s two to win it.

Brentwood Junior Eagles 2014 Football Schedule
Sept. 10, home vs. Chaminade, rained out
Sept. 20 at MICDS, 8th grade lost 41-14, 7th grade lost 33-7
Sept. 23, home vs. Affton, 8th grade won 31-20, 7th grade won 7-6
Sept. 29, home vs. home schoolers, 8th grade won 14-8
Oct. 4, Saturday, away vs. Affton, 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 8, Wednesday, home vs. Westminster, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Oct. 11, Saturday, away vs. Clopton (8th grade only), 11 a.m.
Oct. 18, Saturday, away vs. Clayton, 10:30 and noon
Oct. 22, Wednesday, home vs. Collinsville, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

All photos are by Steve Bowman

Seventh grade vs. Affton

Reggie Jeffrey carries the ball in the first half.
Nathan Butler (left) and Michael Jones stop an Affton ball carrier.
John Danfort tries to get a handle on an Affton player.
Chris Hill is congratulated by teammates after his touchdown run in the second quarter.
Reggie Jeffrey runs in the extra point to make the score 7-0.
Chris Hill runs off tackle in the second quarter.
Jack Hampel chats with teammates during halftime.
Benji Jones relaxes during halftime.
D.J. Brown gets serious as he puts on his helmet for the second half.
Coach Tom Magee talks to players moments before the second half starts.
Gregory Birkhead smiles and flexes for his family cheering section in the bleachers.
Gregory Birkhead gets a quarterback sack early in the second half.
Benji Jones blocks an Affton punt in the second half.

Eighth grade vs. Affton

Quinn McClure grabs the jersey of an Affton player in the first half.
Al Slater runs for a touchdown and a 6-0 Brentwood lead.
Jordan Tate leaps to make an interception . . .
. . . comes down with the ball . . .
. . . and returns the ball to give Brentwood good field position.
Mason Mills runs for a touchdown to make it 12-0.
Al Slater takes a rest on the sideline between breaking long runs.
Everybody from Affton wanted a piece of Al Slater but he was hard to bring down.
Majerus Sims rests with teammates during halftime.
Brentwood coaches discuss the first half before talking to players at halftime. They are (from left) Ethan Griesemer, Tom Magee, John Sappington, Ben Peters and Fred Brown.
Corvon Johnson waits for the second half to start.

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