Although the Briarwood Academy junior varsity Buccaneers pushed the Brentwood School JV squad up and down the field at last week's season opener at Briarwood, it took two late fourth quarter scores for the Bucs to tie the game for a 12-12 finish.
"We probably had twice the total offense that they did," Coach Kenny Haney said.
Carson Wiley and Hunter Gray tackle a Brentwood runner.
However, Brentwood was quick to take advantage of every break the JV Bucs handed them.
The JV Bucs, who threatened to score numerous times, turned the ball over to Brentwood only 12 yards from a score, and then watched a Brentwood back race 80 yards for a first quarter score for the JV Eagles.
In the second quarter, a JV Buc fumble on their own five-yard line gave Brentwood their second opportunity and a 12-0 lead at the half.
The JV Bucs continued to play well, dominating the Brentwood offense as well as their defense, but couldn't push the ball over the goal line until, with only 4:29 left in the game, eighth grader Hunter Gray recovered a fumble on the Brentwood 40. Two plays later, seventh grade quarterback Garrett Mohr connected with eight grader Matthew McElveen for a 40-yard TD pass. Two key blocks by seventh grade wide receiver Ryan Nelson sprang McElveen loose for the score.
The Bucs kicked off and held. With 1:29 left in the game, Mohr and McElveen teamed up again for a 30-yard TD pass. This time it was eighth grader Jackson Lyons, another wide receiver, who threw the block to free McElveen and tie the game up with little time left on the clock.
Offensively, the JV Bucs gained most of their yards on pass plays.
"I grew up throwing the football, and I love to throw the football," Coach Haney said, adding that fans should expect to see more throwing as the season progresses.
McElveen led on offense, catching three passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Eighth grader Trey Stadler caught two for 35 yards, while Lyons caught one for 25 yards.
On the ground, eighth grade fullback Cody Ewest led the JV Bucs with 50 yards on six carries. McElveen carried the ball eight times for 40 yards. Eighth grader Carson Wiley gained nine yards on two carries.
Eighth grader Luke Cochran and seventh grader Steven Gunn did a good job on the offensive line.
"We played very hard on defense, and we played extremely well," Coach Haney said.
The JV Bucs interior defensive line of eighth graders Hunter Gray, Saul Smith, Eric Johnson, Thomas Lynam, and Jackson Lyons did an exceptional job, forcing Brentwood to run to the outside throughout the game. Eighth grader Carson Wiley had a number of tackles on the outside.
The JV Bucs had three eighth graders with tackles in the double digits - nose guard Eric Johnson, middle linebacker Ewest and outside linebacker McElveen.
Sixth graders Michael Kent and Dalton Reese made outstanding contributions in their first game for the JV. Kent gained 15 yards for the Bucs on two carries while Reese made five tackles from his safety position.
The JV Bucs will travel to Waynesboro on Thursday to face the Edmund Burke Academy JV Spartans at 6 p.m.