Preps: Brentwood eager to move on to quarterfinals, square off with Mt. Juliet

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 9:15pm

For the encore, Brentwood High wants a different result.

Just after the Bruins rambled past Overton 34-14 in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs on Friday, they turned their attention to a quarterfinal showdown and their desire to turn the tables on Mt. Juliet, which advanced with a surprisingly easy 39-10 victory over No. 1 quadrant seed Dickson County.

Each team is 11-1. The game is Friday at Brentwood.

Exactly a year ago, the Bears ended Brentwood’s season with a 34-21 quarterfinal victory. First-year Brentwood coach Mark Pemberton was not around for that one but knows what to expect this time.

“They are very well-coached, and they have had a great tradition through the years,” Pemberton said. “It should be a great atmosphere for a high school football game here next week.”

Brentwood is the quarterfinals for the 10th time and seeks a second state championship to add to the one it won in 2002. Pemberton has one state title of his own to his credit, the 2008 Division II-A crown with Knoxville Catholic.

“The biggest thing is that we have so much more depth here,” Pemberton said. “We had quality players at Catholic, just not as many of them.”

His Bruins continued on their merry way, continuing to alternate quarterbacks Aaron Maher and Austin Winfree and rolling up more points.

Maher scored three touchdowns, all on one-yard sneaks, while Winfree threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Andy Schumpert. That duo narrowly missed another long score when Schumpert was stopped at the 1 after a 33-yard gain.

“Austin stumbled a little, but he found me and made a perfect throw on the first one,” Schumpert, a 6-foot-5 wide receiver, said. “On the second one, I ran a post, he found me again, and I thought I hit the pylon for a score, but the referees didn’t see it that way.

“I’m really excited about how we’re playing. We’ll be ready for Mount Juliet next week after they ended our season last year.”

One of the happiest Bruins was Logan Teichman, whose enjoyment started Wednesday when he learned he was nominated as a Mr. Football finalist. His blocking helped pave the way for this latest victory.

“I was humbled and honored, particularly when I found out who the other finalists were and the company I was in,” 6-foot-4, 257-pound lineman said. “It’s an unbelievable honor just to be nominated.”

Asked about blocking for tailback Ben Green and the array of ball carriers the Bruins use, the UT-Chattanooga commitment said, “It’s a blast. You know that all you need to give them is just a little crease and they can break one.

“It’s been special playing for this team, especially the seniors. I hope we can keep it going.”

Overton’s season ended with 7-5 record but not without a fight.

The Bobcats scored on a Willis Word four-yard touchdown run, and quarterback Ugo Amadi threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Derek Watkins late in the game. Speedy Justin Martin set up Word’s touchdown with a 50-yard kickoff return.


•  The Metro Schools has announced its list of nominees for Hume Award, which consists of football players who have outstanding achievements on the field, in the classroom and in the community and for sportsmanship.

They include: Brandon Orr (Overton), Noble Wolugboms (Cane Ridge), Tracey Bowler (McGavock), Jeremy Ward (Pearl-Cohn), Joseph Occhipinti (Hillsboro), Anton Arnold (Hillwood), Erick Davidson (Whites Creek), Justin Lang (Hunters Lane), Christian Molina (Antioch), Michael Collins (East Nashville), Wayne Williams (Maplewood).
Five finalists will announced shortly.

The winner will be announced at a luncheon, noon Dec. 4 at Bridgestone Arena.

• Split end/cornerback Jalen Ramsey, a Southern Cal commitment, is the second Brentwood Academy player in as many years selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will take place in early January. Lineman Graham Shuler participated last year.

A formal ceremony to recognize Ramsey’s selection will be held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school athletic center.

• Smithson Craighead Academy won its second straight Metro Middle School championship Thursday at Maplewood with a 38-0 shutout over Haynes. The Eagles finished undefeated for the second straight year.

• Carlton Flatt, who is still coaching at Brentwood Academy, just finished guiding the Eagles’ seventh-and-eighth grade team to a 6-0 record.

In his three years there, his teams are 19-0. Flatt, 69, who retired as the school’s high school coach in 2006 as the state’s all-time leader in wins, said recently he is unsure if he will return next year.