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Dominant play from BA’s rushing attack and defense led to a drumming of rival Ensworth in the Seven Springs Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Game of the Week.

SEVEN SPRINGS ORTHOPAEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE GAME OF THE WEEK

The Brentwood Academy Eagles had only beaten Ensworth once in their last eight matchups, but BA showed the past isn’t always a true predictor with a dominating performance over the Tigers Friday.

From the get-go, the Eagles’ defense proved dominant over a Tigers’ offense that came in on fire in the rushing game, and BA cruised to a 49-7 drumming against their longtime rivals on the road.

“We’re feeling good, but we’re not done yet,” BA senior running back Prince Momodu said. “Regardless of who we play, we’re going to handle our business and try to get a state championship back to Brentwood Academy.”

Brentwood Academy running back Prince Momodu after the Eagles' 49-7 drumming of rival Ensworth on Oct. 2.

The Eagles’ defense set the tone on the opening drive of the game, as senior Max Mullen intercepted a pass on the third Tigers’ play and took it to the house 24 yards to open the scoring at 6-0.

On its next drive, Ensworth (3-4, 1-2) was forced into a punt. BA junior Thomas Ozburn busted through the coverage and blocked it, scooping up the ball and returning it 40 yards for the score.

The Eagles (5-1, 3-0) captured a 12-0 lead before its offense had even taken the field, and the rout was essentially on from there.

“That’s amazing,” Momodu said. “I just thank God for it. That defense is amazing.”

BA’s defense came up with five total turnovers — three interceptions, two fumble recoveries.

If there was a hiccup in the Eagles’ game, it was in the passing attack offensively. Junior quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall was picked off on his first pass of the game on BA’s first offensive possession, when the Eagles had the chance to go up three scores in the middle of the first quarter.

“It’s huge to set the tone, but again, the things we have to build on are we had a chance to go up three scores and turn it over on a second and short,” BA head coach Cody White said. “It’s a learning process as our kids grow, and I’m just really proud of our kids. They stuck together and they stayed the course.”

The only pass Oatsvall completed was a 61-yard strike to sophomore Camron Johnson for a TD in the third quarter. He had three interceptions on seven pass attempts.

“I was pleased with us in the fact that we really didn’t have to throw it,” White said. “We were able to run it really effectively, and we can do a lot of stuff.”

The Tigers cut the lead to 12-7 early in the second quarter when quarterback Coleman Goodwin hit Rodney Owens for a 51-yard score, but that was the only big play Ensworth was able to muster all night.

Most of the talk for the Ensworth offense going into the game was based around their running game, most notably Darius Morehead, who had 571 rushing yards and seven touchdowns before Friday.

The Eagles shut him down to just six yards on 11 carries, and limited the Tigers as a whole to just 97 yards on the ground and a 3.1-yard average.

“That’s what they’ve done for a long time [run the ball effectively], and they’re really good at it,” White said. “That’s always the first thing we want to stop, but really that’s with anybody we play.”

Momodu’s first rushing score of the game brought the halftime score to 20-7, but after that is when it got out of hand.

The Eagles forced three turnovers in the second half and scored 29 unanswered points

“I’m exceptionally pleased with the second half … it was nice to come out there and take care of it in the second half,” White said.

Momodu finished with 21 rushes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Oatsvall added 91 yards and a score on the ground on just eight carries.

“I’m pretty satisfied, but we have to work on a lot of things,” Momodu said. “I know personally I have to work on a lot of things running behind that great offensive line of mine. We all have to work on things, but we handled business out here tonight.”

The Eagles have now won four games in a row by an average of 41.5 points per game.

Next week, undefeated Montgomery Bell Academy (7-0, 3-0), which beat Pope John Paul II 56-14 Friday, travels to BA for a Division II-AA East/Middle Region contest.

“I’m pleased with the kids,” White said. “Our defense set the tone early, and they got after us defensively and made us force some turnovers, so we’ve got to correct those as we go forward.

“We’ve got a huge challenge next week with MBA at our place. We’ll just have to go back to work; we can enjoy this one for about 24 hours.”