Eagles, 7-0, Score 60 Against Lift for Life

Behind the blocking of Jordon Tate (left) and others, Justice Harris starts off on his 83-yard run for a touchdown in the first quarter against Lift for Life on Friday in Brentwood. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Behind the blocking of Jordon Tate (left) and others, Justice Harris starts off on his 83-yard run for a touchdown in the first quarter against Lift for Life on Friday in Brentwood. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

With 2 games left, BHS is district’s top seed

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

For leaders of a team that has outscored its opponents by an average margin of 46 points, the coaches of the Brentwood High School football team looked a little worried on Friday night. The first quarter was almost over, BHS led Lift for Life by only 2 points and the Hawks had the momentum.

Anthony Smith had sacked Brentwood quarterback Skylar Sappington on fourth down at midfield, and it had taken the Hawks only two plays to score. They were acting as if they didn’t care that they were the heavy underdog.

Brentwood needed something and got what turned out to be the turning point of the game. The Hawks kicked off and Justice Harris ran the ball up the middle as planned, found a gigantic hole and scored without being touched. He said the key block was a mismatch: four Eagles on one Hawk.

“It was just four guys on one person and I took the open hole,” said Harris. “The hole couldn’t get any bigger so I just ran through it. Jordon [Tate] , Brian [Hutton], Rob [Bax] and someone else got the block. No one touched me.”

The big play seemed to tame the Hawks. They never got closer than 35 yards to the goal line for the rest of the first half, trailed 42-6 at halftime and lost 60-12. It was Brentwood’s homecoming.

It was a night of playmaking for Harris. He also caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Skylar Sappington and intercepted two passes. After the second one he jogged off the field with five fingers held up. His five interceptions tie teammate Kaylon Jenkins for the second highest total in the St. Louis area.

Sydney Moreno (left) and Evan Adams sing the National Anthem.
Sydney Moreno (left) and Evan Adams sing the National Anthem.

‘Ain’t nothing you can do’

Two picks in a game is great. Four quarterback sacks in a game are astounding. That’s what defensive end Brian Hutton did to the Hawks. It’s actually his second four-sack game. The 220-pound senior leads the St. Louis area with 16 sacks.

It seemed as if he and his teammates were in the backfield on almost every play, especially lineman Demetrius Graves and defensive backs Corey Carroll and Joe Clay. Graves and Carroll each had a sack and Carroll and Clay combined for 24 tackles. Adding to the chaos were numerous long snaps sailing over Lift for Life quarterback Randy Love’s head, which Hutton believes the Eagles caused.

“Once they saw our blitz go, they got scared,” said Hutton. “All the D-line blitzing, all the linebacker blitzing, all the D-back blitzing — ain’t nothing you can do. We just put the heat on.”

Brian Hutton gets love from his teammates after sacking quarterback Randy Love Jr. in the third quarter. It was one of Hutton's four sacks in the game.
Brian Hutton gets love from his teammates after sacking quarterback Randy Love Jr. in the third quarter. It was one of Hutton’s four sacks in the game. His teammates are (from left) Justice Harris, Stephen Suntrup and Skylar Sappington.

Graves scores his first TD

Another big play came in the second quarter when senior defensive lineman Demetrius Graves scored the first touchdown of his career. Bax blocked a Lift for Life punt and the ball hit the grass and bounced directly to Graves. He caught it in stride and ran 39 yards to the end zone.

“It was a perfect bounce into my hands,” said Graves, laughing. “I had to make up for my missed interception against Sumner.”

Nothing is more entertaining to a lineman than to see his lineman teammate score. Asked for his impression of the play, Hutton shouted, “I saw an old man running, number 51!”

Demetrius Graves flips the ball to a referee after scoring on a 2-point conversion run to make the score 8-0 in the first quarter. He also scored a touchdown in the game.
Demetrius Graves flips the ball to a referee after scoring on a 2-point conversion run to make the score 8-0 in the first quarter. He also scored a touchdown in the game.

Clay and Jenkins

The dramatic plays were fun but the game was actually won in the trenches, with Jacob Clay and Kaylon Jenkins combining to rush 28 times for 209 yards and five touchdowns. Luke Tilton and Rob Bax also carried some of the load.

Jacob Clay gets a block from Alex Cobb (54) on the way to a 32-yard touchdown in the first quarter. The play was called back because of a holding penalty.
Jacob Clay gets a block from Alex Cobb (54) on the way to a 32-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Clay left a trail of would-be tacklers in his wake but the play was called back because of a holding penalty.
Kaylon Jenkins has tight coverage on Marlon Lawson at the goal line and it appears he has broken up a pass play. But Lawson caught the pass on his back to make the score 8-6 in the first quarter.
Kaylon Jenkins has tight coverage on Marlon Lawson at the goal line and it appears he has broken up a pass play. But Lawson caught the pass on his back to make the score 8-6 in the first quarter.

Injured Hawk

The game ended on a sobering note, with a Lift for Life player being strapped to a board and taken away in an ambulance. Brentwood coach Keith Herring said on Sunday evening that “He’s up walking around now” but “still taking it slow.”

According to a witness at the game, the player had gotten up after being hit on a play but had fallen back down. He lay motionless on his back and was unresponsive as he was tended to by paramedics. Brentwood players gathered around the paramedics, held hands and prayed while the young man was on the field.

“Our players were really concerned,” said Herring. “I was proud of them. That’s a tough team, very athletic and physical. We lost one of our guys in this game last year – Joe Clay went out with a concussion.”

Watching paramedics treat an injured Lift for Life player after the game are (from left) Buddy Karsten, Justice Harris and Mike Doebber.
Watching paramedics treat an injured Lift for Life player after the game are (from left) Buddy Karsten, Justice Harris and Mike Doebber.
Kaylon Jenkins and his mother watch as the injured Lift for Life player is carefully placed on a board and then a stretcher.
Kaylon Jenkins and his mother watch as the injured Lift for Life player is carefully placed on a stretcher.

Top seed in district
As of Oct. 5, Brentwood is the No. 1 seed in the district, with the district playoffs starting Oct. 23. (See complete seeding below.) The Eagles have a slight lead over No. 2 Trinity Catholic and No. 3 Lutheran North. Those teams play each other on Oct. 9. On Oct. 16 Trinity plays Jennings (2-5) and Lutheran North plays St. Mary’s (1-6).

Members of the Brentwood High School band play before the game. The stadium was decorated with banners for homecoming.
Members of the Brentwood High School band play before the game. The stadium was decorated with banners for homecoming.

Scoring Summary
Brentwood (7-0): 15-27-12-06 — 60
Lift for Life (3-4) : 06-00-00-06 — 12

Dan Williams, the voice of Brentwood football, announces the game over the P.A. system.
Dan Williams, the golden voice of Brentwood football, announces the game over the P.A. system.

First-quarter scoring, key plays

Brentwood: Kaylon Jenkins 24-yard run; Demetrius Graves run
Score: 8-0, 8:33
Key plays: On the Hawks’ previous possession, Brian Hutton’s tackle for a 9-yard loss on third down, followed by Justice Harris’s interception and return to the 50-yard line; Jenkins’s 18-yard run.

Lift for Life: Marlon Lawson 22-yard pass from Randy Love Jr.; run failed
Score: 8-6, 1:35
Key plays: On Brentwood’s previous possession, Anthony Smith’s sack of Skylar Sappington on fourth and 14 at midfield; Darrion Glover’s 29-yard run; Joe Clay’s big stop on the 2-point attempt.

Brentwood: Justice Harris 83-yard kickoff return; Rob Bax kick
Score: 15-6, 1:22

Tackling the Hawks' Darrion Glover in the first quarter are Justice Harris, Rob Bax (back) and Jacob Clay (right).
Tackling the Hawks’ Darrion Glover in the first quarter are Justice Harris, Rob Bax (back) and Jacob Clay (right).
Jacob Clay dives to grab Darrion Glover's ankles.
Jacob Clay dives to catch Darrion Glover’s ankles.
Corey Carroll (left) and Demetrius Graves tackle Marlon Lawson in the first period.
Corey Carroll (left) and Demetrius Graves tackle Marlon Lawson in the first period.

Second-quarter scoring, key plays

Brentwood: Jacob Clay 3-yard run; Rob Bax kick
Score: 22-6, 10:50
Key play: Jacob Clay 22-yard run

Brentwood: Jacob Clay 1-yard run; run failed
Score: 28-6, 4:50
Key plays: On the Hawks’ previous possession, Brian Hutton’s sack followed by pressure from Demetrius Graves and Corey Carroll on fourth down that gave Brentwood the ball at midfield; Jacob Clay’s 12-yard run and Rob Bax’s 9-yard run.

Brentwood: Demetrius Graves fumble recovery and 39-yard return on punt blocked by Rob Bax; Bax kick
Score: 35-6, 2:44
Key play: On Lift for Life’s previous possession, Brian Hutton’s sack for 15-yard loss.
Bax: “I had been getting real close [to blocking punts] all night. I was rushing from the outside and I went through some guy and just decided to dive. I was in the air and a guy pushed me down and I landed on my back and my head whiplashed.”

Brentwood: Jacob Clay 22-yard run; Rob Bax kick
Score: 42-6, 0:39
Key play: Corey Carroll’s and Tayveon Brown’s tackle on fourth and 1 to give the Eagles the ball on the Hawks’ 31.

Brentwood head coach Keith Herring argues a call against Brentwood in the second quarter.
Brentwood head coach Keith Herring argues a call against Brentwood in the second quarter.
Skylar Sappington rolls out to pass in the second quarter.
Skylar Sappington rolls out to pass in the second quarter.

2015 homecoming court announced at halftime

Seniors Sotiria Karanikolas and Jacob Clay.
Seniors Sotiria Karanikolas and Jacob Clay were named the homecoming queen and king.
Seniors Victoria Brotherton and Joey Dreyer.
Seniors Victoria Brotherton and Joey Dreyer.
Seniors Sarah Thomas and Mitchell Bender.
Seniors Sarah Thomas and Mitchell Bender.
Juniors Sydney Moreno and Kaylon Jenkins.
Juniors Sydney Moreno and Kaylon Jenkins.
Juniors Nyiah Thompson and Skylar Sappington.
Juniors Nyiah Thompson and Skylar Sappington.
Sophomores Jennifer Lasseter and Cal Snare.
Sophomores Jennifer Lasseter and Cal Snare.
Sophomores Megan Jones and Chrishawn Houston.
Sophomores Megan Jones and Chrishawn Houston.
Freshmen Rebecca Walthall and Quinlan McClure
Freshmen Rebecca Walthall and Quinlan McClure
DSC_0603 FR Kalin Hall, Cade Jones
Freshmen Kalin Hall and Cade Jones.

BHS cheerleaders perform at halftime

Brigid Buckley
Brigid Buckley
DSC_0633 Cheerleaders halftime
Facing, from left: Michaela Anderson, Sotiria Karanikolas and Kalin Hall.
Victoria Brotherton
Victoria Brotherton

Third-quarter scoring, key plays

Brentwood: Kaylon Jenkins 6-yard run; kick failed
Score: 48-6, 4:54
Key plays: On the Hawks’ previous possession, Joe Clay’s tackle for a 14-yard loss; Jacob Clay’s 14-yard pass from Skylar Sappington and 11-yard run.

Brentwood: Justice Harris 26-yard pass from Skylar Sappington; kick failed
Score: 54-6, 1:52
Key plays: Justice Harris’s interception and return to the Hawks’ 26.
Sappington: “We ran a jet [running] play to Kaylon earlier to set that [pass play] up. So I faked to Kaylon and hopefully everybody runs up to cover him. As I faked to him I was watching the defense and I saw Justice getting open. He ran a corner route and was wide open.”

Rob Bax boots the opening kickoff of the second half.
Rob Bax boots the opening kickoff of the second half.
Justice Harris intercepts a pass in the third quarter.
Justice Harris intercepts a pass in the third quarter.
BHS students make noise in the third period.
BHS students bring the noise in the third period.

Fourth-quarter scoring, key plays

Brentwood: Luke Tilton 8-yard run; kick failed
Score: 60-6, 8:56
Key plays: On the Hawks’ previous possession, two tackles for losses by Brian Hutton, a pass batted down by Skylar Sappington and a fourth-down sack by Rob Bax at the Lift for Life 23; Luke Tilton’s 15-yard run.
Sappington: “I made that play just from watching film. Once I saw the guy going in motion I knew it was going to be a pass play towards him so I was ready for it.”

Lift for Life: Travon Moorehead 48-yard pass from Randy Love Jr.; pass failed
Score: 60-12, 4:26
Key plays: Darrion Glover’s 12-yard run plus a 15-yard facemask penalty; Courtland Hill’s tight pass coverage on the 2-point conversion attempt.

Luke Tilton stretches across the goal line for an 8-yard touchdown in the third period.
Luke Tilton stretches across the goal line for an 8-yard touchdown in the third period . . .
. . . then celebrates the score with Stephen Suntrup Jr.
. . . then celebrates the score with Stephen Suntrup Jr.

Brentwood statistical leaders vs. Lift for Life
Rushing: Jacob Clay 17-120, Kaylon Jenkins 11-89, Luke Tilton 2-35, Rob Bax 2-19, Demetrius Graves 2-5.
Passing: Sappington 2 for 4, 43 yards, 1 TD, no interceptions.
Receiving: Justice Harris 1-28, Jacob Clay 1-15.
Kickoff returns: Harris 1-83
Interceptions: Harris 2.
Sacks: Brian Hutton 4, Corey Carroll, Graves.
Combined tackles/assists: Carroll 14, Joe Clay 10, Harris 8, Sappington 8, Hutton 8, Graves 7, Jacob Clay 5, Luke Tilton 5, DeAndre Boykin 5, Rob Bax 4, Jordon Tate 4, Kaylon Jenkins 3, Daniel Neal 2, Tayveon Brown 2, Courtland Hill 2, Stephen Suntrup Jr. 2, Justin Shipley 1, Ricky McQuay 1, Cal Snare 1, Sam Tilton 1, Cameron Jenkins 1.

Brentwood’s St. Louis area stat leaders as of Oct. 4
From http://www.stlhighschoolsports.com
Jacob Clay: 1st, scoring; 4th, rushing; 4th, total yards
Brian Hutton: 1st, QB sacks; 3rd, fumble recoveries
Kaylon Jenkins: 2nd, interceptions; 12th, punt return average; 19th, return yards; 21st, total yards
Skylar Sappington: 1st, passing ratio; 24th, punting average
Justice Harris: 2nd, interceptions; 5th, return yards; 6th, fumble recoveries; 19th, kickoff return average
Joe Clay: 19th, assists; 21st, total tackles/assists

Coach Keith Herring speaks with his players during a timeout in the second quarter.
Coach Keith Herring speaks with his players during a timeout in the second quarter.

Brentwood’s 2015 schedule (7-0)
Beat Crystal City 58-6
Beat JFK 54-18
Beat Sumner 55-6
Beat Orchard Farm 39-7
Beat Cuba 53-0
Beat Principia 52-0
Beat Lift for Life 60-12
Oct. 9, Friday, home vs. Liberty-Wentzville, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17, Saturday, away vs. Cleveland NJROTC, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 23, Class 2 District 5 playoffs

Liberty-Wentzville’s 2015 results (4-2)
Aug. 21: beat Northwest Academy 20-8
Sept. 4: lost to Orchard Farm 33-20
Sept. 11: lost to Hermann 40-6
Sept. 18: beat Confluence 28-26
Sept. 25: beat Cuba 32-24
Oct. 2: beat Barat (3-4) 32-0

Class 2, District 5 tournament seeding as of Oct. 4
1. Brentwood (7-0), 53.71 points
2. Trinity Catholic (6-1), 53.33
3. Lutheran North (3-4), 49.77
4. Hermann (5-2), 49.02
5. Lutheran St. Charles (5-2), 44.24
6. Transportation and Law (1-5), 33.37
7. Principia (3-4), 26.97

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