Briarwood's varsity football team held on to stop visiting Brentwood Academy, 24-16, on Friday.
Coach John Osborne had a good pep talk with the team in the field house before the big game.
He kept telling them to remember what the coaches had been telling them all week since their loss to Edmund Burke, "to put it behind them, forget about it; this is a new week and all they ask for each player is to give 110 percent."
Later Friday, when asked how it felt to win the home game, Osborne said "was an amazing feeling." He said he could tell the "kids really wanted this one and gave 110 percent the entire night."
The coach said, "We had 16 players dressed out and it took everyone, either on special teams, defense, and offense that contributed to this win."
When ask how important it was it for Briarwood to score first, Osborne said, "It was a momentum boost for us."
"Brentwood had won the coin toss but we were able to stop Brentwood from scoring," he said. "We were able to drive down the field to score first and that was a momentum boost for us and it stayed with us till the third quarter."
The coach said he "got alittle worried during the third quarter, when the momentum seemed to shift to Brentwood temporarily, but they hung on and played hard to the end."
Finally in the fourth quarter, the Bucs were ahead 24-16, and Brentwood had possession. Junior Steven Parris intercepted with just 16 seconds left on the clock to seal the Briarwood victory. The Bucs were able to take a knee and let the clock run out.
Several players took turns slapping Parris on the helmet when he came to the sideline after the play. "This type play helps build team camaraderie," Osborne said.
Senior teammates Russell Burdette, Michael Kent and Dalton Reese reported total confidence in the ability of their quarterback, junior Taylor Coxwell.
Coxwell was 4-for-5 passing, for 44 yards and no interceptions. Briarwood rushed for another 304 yards from four different running backs. This brought their total offense to 348 yards for the night compared with Brentwood's 262.
Senior running back and linebacker Michael Kent said he has confidence in quarterback Coxwell and the all-senior backfield.
"The coach kept telling them to focus on the outcome, play with heart and give 110 percent all four quarters," Kent said. Kent led the Bucs. with 141 yards rushing and three TDs.
Senior full back and linebacker Russell Burdette said the "coach reminded us before the game of what we had worked hard on all week and what we had to do to win."
Burdette said the defensive line's intense practice all week paid off during the game.
Burdette rushed for 123 yards and gave credit to his offensive line for their outstanding blocking.
Senior wide receiver, safety and kicker Dalton Reese said the Bucs were outnumbered by Brentwood, and the victory was sweet. "It felt food to finally beat Brentwood," he said. "It was big for our defense to step up against Brentwood."
He went on to say that everyone played well, including Bryce Sowell, sophomore, who filled in for injured senior Ryan Pritchett.
Reese said Pritchett hopes to be back on the field soon.
Briarwood's third game of the season will be away at Monticello against Piedmont Academy on Friday.
With the victory over Brentwood, Briarwood is 1-1.
Briarwood 24, Brentwood 16
Brentwood 0 0 9 7 - 16
Briarwood 6 12 0 6 - 24
BRI: Michael Kent 1 run (kick failed), 4:24
BRI: Colt Phelps 18 pass from Taylor Coxwell (kick failed), 10:45; BRI: Michael Kent 7 run (rushing failed), 0:44
BRE: Andy Bonifay 1 run (Troy Mimbs kick), 3:34; BRE: 2 point safety, 0:57
BRE: Daniel Adams 1 run (Mims kick), 3:02; BRI: Michael Kent 5 run (kick failed), 1:30
First Downs 13, 21
Rushes-Yards 33-172, 51-304
Passing Yards 90, 44
Comp.-Att.-Int. 5-10-1, 4-5-0
Fumbles-Lost 2-1, 1-1
Punts-Yards 0, 0
Penalties-Yards 5-20, 6-55
BRI: Michael Kent 17-141, Russell Burdette 21-123, Brice Sowell 9-36. Taylor Coxwell 1-4.
BRI: Taylor Coxwell 4-5-0 44.
BRI: Dalton Reese 3-26. Colt Phelps 1-18.
RECORDS: Briarwood 1-1, Brentwood 0-2.
NEXT: Briarwood at Piedmont Academy, Friday, 7:30 p.m.