Eagles Ace Toughest Test So Far, 39-7

Brentwood head coach Keith Herring expresses concern to his defense that they're giving up too many yards to Orchard Farm in the second half. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Brentwood head coach Keith Herring expresses concern to his defense that they’re giving up too many yards to Orchard Farm in the fourth period. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Jenkins runs for 176, Harris catches 3 touchdowns

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Everybody knows that the Brentwood High School football program is built around its running game, right? The team runs about 75 percent of the time, with two-time all-stater Jacob Clay leading a pack of rushers who have combined for 24 touchdowns in four games.

Three BHS cheerleaders eye the flag during the National Anthem before the football game on Sept. 11. The flag was kept at half mast in honor of Americans who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
BHS cheerleaders watch the flag during the National Anthem before the football game on Sept. 11. The flag was kept at half mast in honor of Americans who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

But is anyone aware that Brentwood quarterback Skylar Sappington leads the entire St. Louis area in passing efficiency? Or that the last four passes Justice Harris has caught have all been for touchdowns?

Brentwood’s running game had yet another field day on Friday, contributing 388 of the team’s 467 total yards in a 39-7 victory over Orchard Farm at BHS. Clay and running back Kaylon Jenkins combined for 331 yards rushing and kept the chain gang awake with runs of 54, 48, 30 and 22 yards.

But for the second game in a row, some of the most eye-opening plays were passes. After enlivening a lopsided win last week over Sumner with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Harris, Sappington found the junior tight end three more times on Friday, all for touchdowns. One came on a hopeless fourth and goal at the 21. Another was a leaping catch in the end zone that Harris made under tight coverage.

“It’s just the chemistry,” Harris said of his recent hookups with his quarterback.

“Yeah,” Sappington agreed, “we’re starting to get it.”

“They were on tonight, weren’t they?” said BHS coach Keith Herring.

Sappington has passed only 18 times in four games, but his receivers have caught 13 of them for six touchdowns. Harris has five of the TDs on only six catches. Such efficiency gives Sappington the top passing ratio in the St. Louis area.

David Camp (77), Cameron Jenkins (62) and their teammates take the field before the game on Friday at BHS.
David Camp (77), Cameron Jenkins (62) and their teammates take the field before the game on Friday at BHS.

Toughest test so far

Brentwood, 4-0, won by 32 but everybody interviewed after the game said it was the hardest test of the season so far.

“Yes, definitely, no doubt about it,” replied Jenkins, who rushed for a season-high 176 yards and intercepted a pass. “I know the score says one thing but your body says another.”

“Yeah, probably,” said Jacob Clay. “They run a four-six [a run-stopping defensive alignment] so that tells you something. The box was full.”

“Definitely,” replied Herring. “They were physical and well coached and we knew that. We knew it’d be a battle. Our theme this week is that we’d have to out-tough them. We knew they’d come in and try to bully us a little bit and we just said, ‘Don’t flinch,’ and our guys didn’t. What I liked is that they seemed to like playing that kind of game.”

Said Stephen Suntrup, “It was just a great benchmark showing we could play with tougher teams. They were Class 3 district champions last year and made it to the quarterfinals, so it’s nice to beat them.”

Brentwood's offense watches referees measure to see if the Eagles have made a first down in the first quarter.
Brentwood’s offense watches referees measure to see if the Eagles have made a first down in the first quarter. Players are (from left) Skylar Sappington, Brian Hutton, Justin Shipley, Jacob Clay, Stephen Suntrup and Justice Harris.

More sacks and interceptions

Though Orchard Farm had averaged 24 points a game, Brentwood held them to 7. BHS shut down the run early and by the time the visitors earned their second first down of the game they already trailed 20-0. So they started passing more and BHS ended up with three quarterback sacks and two interceptions.

Once again, Eagles defensive end Brian Hutton seemed to be everywhere, getting two sacks and 10 tackles/assists. He continues to lead the St. Louis area with 10 sacks in four games.

“The fact that he’s a senior, he realizes how many people look up to him,” said Jenkins. “He’s really matured a lot and become a leader. He’s the leader of our defense. He’s the heart of our defense. We have a leader on offense and on defense. On offense it’s Booby [Jacob Clay] and on defense it’s Brian.”

Safety Justice Harris led Brentwood in tackles/assists for the first time. During one stretch in the fourth quarter, he and his mates in the secondary – Jenkins, Joe Clay, Courtland Hill, Corey Carroll and Daniel Neal – presided over eight incomplete passes in a row.

“We’ve got good DB [defensive back] coaches in Coach Findley and Coach Harper,” said Neal. We do what we can but at the end of the day there’s always room to get better.”

The linebackers got in on pass protection as well, with Suntrup, a junior, making the first interception of his high school career.

“I saw the quarterback and his eyes looked at me as the receiver ran behind me,” said Suntrup. “He threw it right over me and I jumped up and grabbed the ball. It was pretty cool.”

Brian Hutton sacks Orchard Farm quarterback D.J. Kemp in the third quarter.
Brian Hutton tackles Cole Kline for a loss in the third quarter.

Scoring Summary
Orchard Farm: 00-00-07-00 — 7
Brentwood: 12-14-06-07 — 39

First-quarter scoring, key plays

Brentwood: Jacob Clay 1-yard run; kick failed
Score: 6-0, 8:19
Key play: Jacob Clay’s 54-yard run on the drive’s first play.

Brentwood: Kaylon Jenkins 48-yard run; run failed
Score: 12-0, 5:27
Key play: Jenkins’s 9-yard run on third and 1.
Jenkins: “I was running and, I haven’t seen the film yet but I think I trucked a guy [knocked a defender to his back]. Then I saw daylight and I took off. It was a good way to start the game. I ran all the way to the back of the end zone, that’s how hyped I was.”

Jacob Clay runs behind a block from Demetrius Graves (51) to start a 54-yard gain on Brentwood's first offensive play of the game.
Jacob Clay runs behind a block from Demetrius Graves (51) to start a 54-yard gain on Brentwood’s first offensive play of the game.
Jacob Clay lowers his shoulder to absorb a hit on the way to a 54-yard gain in the first quarter.
Jacob Clay lowers his shoulder to absorb a hit on the way to a 54-yard gain in the first quarter.
Having repelled a defender, Jacob Clay continues on his 54-yard run.
Having repelled a defender, Jacob Clay continues on his 54-yard run.
Jacob Clay hits top speed on a 54-yard gain before being knocked out of bounds.
Jacob Clay hits top speed on a 54-yard gain before being knocked out of bounds.
Guard Alex Cobb runs ahead of ball carrier Tayveon Brown for a short gain in the first period.
Guard Alex Cobb runs ahead of ball carrier Tayveon Brown for a short gain in the first period.
Justin Shipley (left) and Brian Hutton battle with Orchard Farm defensive linemen in the first period.
Justin Shipley (left) and Brian Hutton battle with Orchard Farm defensive linemen in the first period.
Daniel Neal helps break up a pass to Mark Cooley of Orchard Farm.
Daniel Neal helps break up a pass to Mark Cooley of Orchard Farm.
Jacob Clay is pursued by Dylan Williams in the first quarter.
Jacob Clay is pursued by Dylan Williams in the first quarter.
Joe Clay tackles Orchard Farm's A.J. Hibbler in the first period.
Joe Clay tackles Orchard Farm’s A.J. Hibbler in the first period.
Linebacker Luke Tilton makes a tackle in the first period.
Linebacker Luke Tilton makes a tackle in the first period.
With a block from Demetrius Graves, Jacob Clay sets off on a 22-yard gain in the first period.
With a block from Demetrius Graves, Jacob Clay sets off on a 22-yard gain in the first period.

Second-quarter scoring, key plays

Brentwood: Justice Harris 21-yard pass from Skylar Sappington; Jacob Clay run
Score: 20-0, 7:08
Key plays: On Orchard Farm’s previous possession, Skylar Sappington’s breakup of a pass in the end zone on fourth and 4; Jacob Clay’s 22-yard run and 21-yard gain on a screen pass; Kaylon Jenkins’s two 13-yard runs; two Orchard Farm face mask penalties.
Sappington: “I had like all day to throw. It was just a good route and good execution because it was fourth and 21 and they knew we were passing.”
Harris: “I thought I was covered but when I slanted inside I was sitting wide open. When Skylar threw it to my back hip I thought I wasn’t going to catch it at first but then it landed in my hands.”

Brentwood: Justice Harris 18-yard pass from Skylar Sappington; pass failed
Score: 26-0, :29
Key plays: On the previous possession, Sappington’s fumble recovery caused by a high snap after Orchard Farm had reached the BHS 22; Kaylon Jenkins’s 9-yard run and Luke Tilton’s 7-yard run.
Sappington: “That was the catch — that was beautiful. Honestly, Kaylon Jenkins was wide open because right as I was about to throw the ball I heard the coaches screaming about Kaylon. But all week we’ve been practicing that play, with me throwing to Justice.”
Harris: “I saw that No. 2 [Cole Kline] was on me so I was trying to break outside. I got outside and he pushed me and I gave him one good nudge, and I jumped and got it. He was trying to get an interference call.”

Center Cal Snare keeps a defender from pursuing Kaylon Jenkins.
Center Cal Snare prevents a defender from pursuing Kaylon Jenkins in the second period.
Sam Tilton gets water from Corvon Johnson in the second quarter.
Sam Tilton gets water from Corvon Johnson in the second quarter.
Brian Hutton and Jacob Clay wave their arms like Eagles wings after Clay scores a 2-point conversion run to make it 20-0 in the second quarter.
Brian Hutton and Jacob Clay wave their arms like Eagles wings after Clay scores a 2-point conversion run to make it 20-0 in the second quarter.
Corey Carroll makes a t ackle on a kickoff return in the second period.
Corey Carroll tackles Cole Kline on a kickoff return in the second period. Carroll made several special teams tackles.
Brentwood coach Keith Herring asks referee Bartolomeo Castelli for an explanation after off-setting personal foul penalties were called in the second period.
Brentwood coach Keith Herring asks referee Bartolomeo Castelli for an explanation after off-setting personal foul penalties were called in the second period.
Skylar Sappington aims a pass to Justice Harris in the second period . . .
Skylar Sappington aims a pass to Justice Harris in the second period. Harris caught it for a 19-yard touchdown.
Joe Clay (right) leaps to tip an Orchard Farm pass in the second period . . .
Joe Clay (right) leaps to tip an Orchard Farm pass in the second period . . .
. . . and Kaylon Jenkins intercepts the pass.
. . . slowing down the ball enough for Kaylon Jenkins to intercept it.
Zun Lu plays in the BHS band at halftime.
Zun Lu plays in the BHS band at halftime.
Morgan Murphy plays the bass as the BHS band covers Earth, Wind and Fire's "September Song" at halftime.
Morgan Murphy plays the bass as the BHS band covers Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September Song” at halftime.
Michaela Anderson is out front as the BHS cheerleaders do a routine at halftime.
Michaela Anderson is out front as the BHS cheerleaders do a cheering routine at halftime.
Brentwood students dance to music over the P.A. system during halftime.
Brentwood students dance to music over the P.A. system during halftime.

Third-quarter scoring, key plays

Orchard Farm: Cole Kline 9-yard pass from D.J. Kemp; Kline kick
Score: 26-7, 8:23
Key plays: Kemp’s pass gains of 13 and 8 yards to Kline and 12 yards to Dylan Williams.

Brentwood: Jacob Clay 1-yard run; Rob Bax kick
Score: 33-7, 5:12
Key plays: Justice Harris’s long kickoff return to the Orchard Farm 36; Jacob Clay’s 19-yard run.

Brian Hutton congratulates Courtland Hill (8) for making a defensive play in the third period.
Brian Hutton congratulates Courtland Hill (8) for making a defensive play in the third period.
Sam Tilton sacks Orchard Farm quarterback D.J. Kemp in the third quarter.
Sam Tilton sacks Orchard Farm quarterback D.J. Kemp in the third quarter.

Fourth-quarter scoring, key plays

Brentwood: Justice Harris 18-yard pass from Skylar Sappington; kick blocked
Score: 39-7, 11:55
Key plays: On the previous possession, back-to-back sacks by Sam Tilton, Stephen Suntrup and Brian Hutton; Kaylon Jenkins’s runs of 30 and 12 yards; Luke Tilton’s 12-yard run.
Jenkins [on his 30-yard run]: “I was running down the sideline and I saw [Justin] Shipley – man, he pops up a lot in what I say. But I saw Shipley blocking this guy all the way down the field. That was a key block, Shipley made that play for me.”
Sappington: “That was a play action to Jacob [Clay]. Right as we were lining up I could see that no one was lined up right in front of him [Harris], the safety was kind of shaded over. I had confidence, having Jacob behind me to fake to. I thought ‘Oh man, Justice is probably gonna be wide open.’ He ran straight down the seam and it was right there.”
Harris: “I was wide open as I got off the line so I just turned around and was sitting in the end zone waiting to get the ball.”

Justice Harris eyes Skylar Sappington's 19-yard TD pass to make the score 39-7 in the fourth period.
Justice Harris eyes Skylar Sappington’s 19-yard TD pass to make the score 39-7 in the fourth period.
Brentwood's Justice Harris tackles Trey Stephens in the fourth period.
Justice Harris tackles Trey Stephens in the fourth period.
Rob Bax makes a tackle in the final period.
Rob Bax makes a tackle in the final period.
Rob Bax runs for a short gain in the fourth period. Said teammate Kaylon Jenkins, "Rob is big but he's shifty at the same time. He a double threat."
Rob Bax runs for a short gain in the fourth period. Said teammate Kaylon Jenkins, “Rob is big but he’s shifty at the same time. He a double threat.”
Skylar Sappington blocks a D.J. Kemp pass in the final period.
Skylar Sappington blocks a D.J. Kemp pass in the final period.
Stephen Suntrup (11) and Courtland Hill close in on an Orchard Farm runner.
Stephen Suntrup (11) and Courtland Hill close in on an Orchard Farm runner.

Brentwood’s offensive starters vs. Orchard Farm
Center: sophomore Cal Snare
Left guard: sophomore Alex Cobb
Right guard: junior Demetrius Graves
Left tackle: junior Justin Shipley
Right tackle: senior Brian Hutton, sophomore Michael Doebber
Tight ends: senior Sam Tilton, juniors Stephen Suntrup and Justice Harris, freshman Jordan Tate
Quarterback: junior Skylar Sappington
Running backs: senior Jacob Clay, juniors Kaylon Jenkins and Luke Tilton, sophomore Rob Bax
Placekicker: sophomore Rob Bax

Brentwood’s defensive starters vs. Orchard Farm
Cornerbacks: senior Corey Carroll, junior Kaylon Jenkins, sophomore Daniel Neal, freshman Courtland Hill
Safeties: junior Justice Harris, sophomore Joe Clay
Linebackers: juniors Skylar Sappington, Stephen Suntrup and Luke Tilton; sophomores Rob Bax and Tayveon Brown; freshman Jordon Tate
Linemen: seniors Brian Hutton and Sam Tilton; junior Demetrius Graves; sophomores Tayveon Brown, Alex Cobb and Michael Doebber
Punter: sophomore Rob Bax

Cheerleaders, students and parents join the football team for a short prayer after the game.
Cheerleaders, students and parents join the football team for a short prayer after the game.

Brentwood statistical leaders vs. Orchard Farm
Rushing: Kaylon Jenkins 16-176, Jacob Clay 18-155, Luke Tilton 6-30, Rob Bax 4-25.
Passing: Skylar Sappington 4 for 5, 79 yards, 3 TDs, 0 interceptions.
Receiving: Justice Harris 3-57, Jacob Clay 1-21.
Kickoff returns: Harris 2-83.
Interceptions: Jenkins, Stephen Suntrup.
Fumble recoveries: Sappington.
Sacks: Brian Hutton 2, Sam Tilton 1.
Combined tackles/assists: Harris 12, Hutton 10, Jenkins 10, Luke Tilton 9, Suntrup 9, Sappington 7, Corey Carroll 5, Demetrius Graves 5, Bax 4, Daniel Neal 4, Tayveon Brown 4, Courtland Hill 3, Justin Shipley 3, DeAndre Boykin 2, Jordon Tate 2, Sam Tilton 2 .

Brentwood’s St. Louis area stat leaders as of Sept. 14
From http://www.stlhighschoolsports.com
Jacob Clay: 1st, scoring; 3rd, rushing yards; 4th, total yards
Skylar Sappington: 1st, passing ratio; 7th, fumble recoveries
Kaylon Jenkins: 1st, interceptions; 9th, return yards; 20th, punt return average
Justice Harris: 13th, interceptions; 16th, return yards; 20th, kickoff return average
Brian Hutton: 1st, QB sacks; 7th, fumble recoveries; 12th, solo tackles; 17th, total tackles/assists;
Joe Clay: 9th, assists; 20th, total tackles/assists

Brentwood’s 2015 schedule (4-0)
Beat Crystal City 58-6
Beat JFK 54-18
Beat Sumner 55-6
Beat Orchard Farm 39-7
Sept. 18, Friday, away vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26, Saturday, away vs. Principia, 1 p.m.
Oct. 2, Friday, home vs. Lift for Life, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9, Friday, home vs. Liberty-Wentzville, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17, Saturday, away vs. Cleveland NJROTC, 1 p.m.
Oct. 23, Class 2 District 5 playoffs

Cuba’s 2015 results (0-4)
Aug. 21: lost to St. James 64-26
Aug. 28: lost to Hermann 40-14
Sept. 4: lost to Owensville 55-28
Sept. 11: lost to Windsor-Imperial 35-20

One thought on “Eagles Ace Toughest Test So Far, 39-7

  1. Through 4 games, Brentwood has the third highest district point total of any 11 man football team in the state at 57.55 pts. The district point systems quantifies and seeds teams in their respective districts against win/loss totals, game scores (points for winning by a 13+ margin; taking away points for losing scores up to minus 13), strength of schedule, and rewards points for playing up in class (playing bigger schools).
    As of now only Webb City (62.17) and Park Hills Central (59.25) has higher totals. Both of those teams went deep into the playoffs last year if not to the Show Me Bowl. Brentwood has the highest total of any Class 2 team to date.
    You have to play the games, but the #’s so far this year are making it look like another banner year.

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