Clay, Pryor-Hall named all-state; Saunders makes all-league 1st team
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Eight male athletes from Brentwood High School recently received postseason honors in football and soccer, including all-state, all-district and all-conference. The honors are determined by a vote of coaches.
Football players on the list are seniors Kyle Pudlowski, Tyler Pryor-Hall, Alex Patton and Austin Koster, and junior Jacob Clay. Soccer players who were honored are senior Bradley Jones, junior Seamus Saunders and sophomore Quinn Evans.
Jacob Clay, running back, 2nd team all-state, 1st team all-district. Clay moved up a step from last year, when he was third team all-state in Class 2. The three running backs who made first team all-state this year are South Cal’s Cory Hanger, Lamar’s Danny Embry and Malden’s Dremond Robinson.
Clay, a junior, had one of the greatest seasons any BHS athlete has ever had. He set school records for rushing yards in a season (2,554) and in a game (364), and for most touchdowns in a season (45). He ended up leading all players in the St. Louis area in scoring (274 points). He was No. 2, behind John Moten of John Burroughs, in rushing yards and total yards (2,628). Among the top 100 rushers in St. Louis, only one averaged more yards per carry than Clay’s 12.8.
Tyler Pryor-Hall, 3rd team all-state linebacker, 1st team all-district offensive lineman. Among all players in the St. Louis area, Pryor-Hall ended up ranked No. 2 in fumble recoveries and No. 8 in both tackles/assists and solo tackles. The senior led Brentwood in tackles/assists. As a center on the offensive line, he helped the Eagles score at least 42 points nine times.
Kyle Pudlowski, 1st team all-district linebacker. Pudlowski led Brentwood in tackles/assists a number of times. The senior’s best game might have been his 20-tackle performance in BHS’s come-from-behind 14-7 win over Orchard Farm. He ended up 16th in the St. Louis area in solo tackles and 22nd in tackles/assists.
Alex Patton, 2nd team all-district offensive lineman. From his left offensive tackle position, Patton, a senior, helped Brentwood average 48 points a game.
Austin Koster, 2nd team all-district running back. Besides being a dominating blocker, Koster was the running back Brentwood often went to for short yardage and to sustain long, clock-eating drives in the second half. One highlight was the senior’s 88-yard performance against Cleveland NJROTC.
Seamus Saunders, 1st team all-conference, midfielder. Saunders showed his mettle in the district tournament, against favored Crossroads. The junior helped hold the Current scoreless in the second half, scored a goal to tie it with 12 minutes left and made his kick in the penalty shootout. He played mostly as a forward but was also a midfielder.
Bradley Jones, second team all-conference defender. Jones, a senior, also had a memorable game against Crossroads in the district tournament. Despite wearing a cast over his broken thumb, he scored in the penalty shootout to help bring the game down to the final shot, which Crossroads made to end Brentwood’s season. He played mostly on defense.
Quinn Evans, second team all-conference forward. Evans is only a sophomore but he won a starting position this season and led Brentwood in scoring. He played mostly at forward but was also a midfielder.
The football team plays in Class 2, District 5, which includes Hermann, Lutheran North, Lutheran St. Charles, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Principia, Transportation and Law, and Trinity Catholic.
The soccer team is in the South Central Athletic Association Conference, which includes Bayless, Crossroads, Hancock and Valley Park.