SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Things aren't going so well for the Buccaneers of Briarwood Academy.
The team has yet to record a victory, kicking the season off with two straight losses, both against Class AA opponents -- first, falling to Edmund Burke Academy, then last Friday, to Brentwood Academy, 34-7.
Briarwood head coach John Osborne and his staff went back to the drawing board in practice this week, focusing on such things as blocking and execution of plays and trying to reduce the mistakes they made in the game against Brentwood Academy.
"We knew before the season ever got underway that playing three Class AA schools to start our season would be difficult," Osborne said.
He's hopeful things will change this Friday night.
The reason: The Buccaneers play host to Piedmont Academy in their first game at Briarwood Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. A larger-than-normal crowd is expected, as Vince Dooley will be there as a special guest of the Briarwood Academy Athletic Booster Club.
The Bucs' defense looked good against Brentwood Academy, forcing the War Eagles to punt after three downs to start the game.
The Bucs' offense started deep in their own territory at the 7, after a 55-yard punt by the War Eagles. Behind senior quarterback Blake Sowell, they moved the ball all the way out to their 45 before gambling on a fourth-and-four play and failing to pick up a first down.
Brentwood hit pay dirt on the next possession.
Damon Harris scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 5-yard run with 2:37 left to play in the opening quarter. Harris Jolley kicked the extra point, as the War Eagles went up 7-0.
Brentwood scored again in the second quarter, this time on a 19-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rowland from quarterback Andy Bonifay with just 12 seconds left. Jolley's extra point increased the War Eagles' lead to 14-0 at halftime.
The War Eagles struck for three more touchdowns -- twice in the third quarter and once in the fourth -- before the Buccaneers could get into the end zone. By that time, Brentwood held a commanding 34-0 lead.
Briarwood's lone score resulted from a 13-yard run by junior running back Michael Kent with 9:05 remaining in the game. The extra point was kicked by Fifth Newton.
The Bucs' scoring drive was made possible by completed passes from Blake Sowell to three different receivers.
They included his freshman brother, Bryce Sowell; Kent, Ryan Pritchett, a junior running back.
Briarwood attempted another threat midway through the fourth quarter, but a long pass by Sowell was intercepted by a Brentwood player.
Offensively, the Bucs amassed 181 rushing yards on 44 carries and another 65 yards through the air. Sowell completed five of 11 passes and had one pass picked off.
Briarwood Academy's defensive unit allowed the War Eagles 358 yards rushing on 43 carries and 19 yards in the air.
Late in the game, Briarwood Academy's Ashton Wiley, a junior defensive lineman, combined with Newton, a sophomore linebacker, to make a big sack on the War Eagles' reserve quarterback.