STORY BY GEORGE WONG | PHOTOS BY ANDY COLLIGNON
The Brentwood Academy Eagles went up the road and crushed the Father Ryan Irish in a 43-3 in district matchup demolition Friday Night, upsetting the sea of purple Irish fans.
Both teams came in at 1-0 as they begin Division II – AAA play. The Eagles were looking to gather momentum and go 2-0 after defeating Hillsboro to start the season.
“Pleased with our kids, we talked about that region games are big for us, like these games matter,” head coach Cody White said.
“[We] wanted our kids to do that think we executed very well. We showed ourselves that we were pretty young last week. We matured a little bit and did a nice job. I’m proud of them.”
BA was looking to make a statement from the beginning as Thomas Gore scored a touchdown pass in the 8:26 minute.
The momentum just kept on flowing for the Eagles as a fumble from the Irish lead to Kelton Moore scored the touchdown in the 8:11 minute, extending the lead to 14-0.
Then, junior quarterback Wade Williams scored a touchdown carry from the 40 with 3:51 left on the clock, ending the first quarter 21-0.
The second quarter began where it left off with Eagles senior running back Mario Pleasant with the touchdown carry into a two-point conversion, giving the Eagles a 29-0 lead at the 9:54 mark.
Pleasant also went onto score a touchdown carry with 2:14 left, extending their lead to 36-0, leaving FR unanswered.
The dominance continued as Billy Brooks scored a late touchdown, giving them a more-than-commanding 43-0 lead.
The Eagles scored 43 unanswered points before the Irish scored a field goal with 0.57 left in the third quarter.
The final quarter was then called after a few minutes of play, as BA completely outclassed Father Ryan in both offense and defense.
The Eagles were looking to gather momentum and make a statement after a rough game last week, where they defeated Hillsboro 31-16.
White says he hopes this only keeps the ball rolling for the Eagles as the season continues.
“Hopefully keep improving, got another region game next week,” he said. “We got to continue to take baby steps and keep improving. There are always things that we can do better, and we got a lot of them.”
BA (2-0) will play Pope John Paul II next week at home Friday night at 7:00 p.m.