STORY BY CHARLIE BATEMAN | PHOTOS BY ANDY COLLIGNON
Montgomery Bell Academy football team relied on the arms and legs of freshman quarterback Marcel Reed to seal a 15-7 victory over the Brentwood Academy Eagles on Friday night at MBA.
Both teams struggled at times to execute their offense due to the rainy weather throughout the game.
“We started to run the ball a little better in the second half,” said MBA head coach Marty Euverard.
“We put in a freshman tailback to help with our outside zone. Marcel (quarterback) made plays with his feet tonight. Our guys displayed incredible heart out there. It was special.”
“It means a lot to get this win,” said Reed. “It is a very big rivalry in my house. My sister goes to BA and is a cheerleader, so there is a lot of trash talk.”
In the first quarter, Brentwood Academy got the scoring started with a 30-yard rushing touchdown by running back Jordan James to lead 7-0.
The Eagles had an opportunity to extend their lead, but missed a 34-yard field goal with 5:46 remaining in the second quarter.
MBA answered with a nine-yard touchdown pass in the second from Reed to Zak Herbstreit. The Big Red missed the extra point, giving Brentwood Academy a 7-6 lead at halftime.
With 6:36 remaining in the third quarter, MBA quarterback Reed punched his way into the end zone on a one yard touchdown run to give the Big Red a 12-7 lead after a missed two-point conversion.
“He (Reed) has a lot of poise for a freshman,” said Coach Euverard. “He doesn’t get rattled. He is such a humble kid and does not want a lot of attention. That has helped our team bond together.”
The final score of the game came on a MBA field goal in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory 15-7.
MBA held BA’s explosive offense to seven points in the contest.
“We have a small (size) defense, but they play with a big heart,” said Reed. “They make plays for us and get the offense back on the field.”
Brentwood Academy will take on Ensworth at home next Friday.
MBA will have a bye week next week.
“We just have to keep grinding,” said Euverard. “We have a lot left to go in the season.”