MONTGOMERY, AL – Brookwood School linebacker Carson Allen had a simple philosophy for the 2016 season opener.
“We didn’t want anybody to tell us it would be a rebuilding year, we just want to keep getting better and better,” Allen said. “A lot of freshmen and sophomores stepped up to the plate. I thought they did a good job.”
Allen and his Warrior teammates jumped on Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School early and coasted through a scoreless second half to win the first game in the inaugural Southeastern Commission of Independent Schools Kickoff Classic 31-0 on Friday night at Cramton Bowl.
Formed in January, 2016, the Southeastern Commission of Independent Schools (SECIS) is an academic and athletic collaboration of the Alabama Independent School Association, Georgia Independent School Association, Mississippi Association of Independent Schools and South Carolina Independent School Association.
Organizers tried to pair up evenly-matched squads but Trinity-Byrnes coach Jared Arnell said his SCISA Class AA Titans struggled to stay with the GISA Class AAA Warriors.
“We knew they were going to be tough,” Arnell said. “Now, we didn’t play well. We had a lot of mental mistakes. A lot of that is expected this early in the year. It’s hard to game-plan here because you don’t have film on (opposing teams from games) this year. They were doing something completely different (from last year).”
While the offense might have looked a little different, the Brookwood defense was up to its old standards. Allen’s first seven tackles were either a sack or for loss and the junior finished with nine tackles, including five for eight yards in losses, two sacks for 19 yards in losses and four quarterback pressures.
“While we don’t have the depth we’ve had in the past, we thought if we could create a little momentum and keep the tempo up, that would take a toll on them,” Brookwood coach Shane Boggs said. “Carson Allen led our team in sacks last year and he was dynamite tonight. He’s got a motor and gets after it every play.”
Bradley Jones went 44 yards untouched for the game’s first score two minutes into the game and added another score late in the quarter, then scored three times in the second quarter. Jones ran through three arm tackles for a 23-yard touchdown a minute into the second period and Joe Parker hit Eli Miller on a quick pass that turned into a 47-yard touchdown five plays later.
Parker “did a good job in the pocket and when Bradley and Alfonzo (Spencer) got the ball in space they were really dynamic,” Boggs said. “A lot of our stuff is read stuff, can be run or pass, and Joe Parker, a sophomore in his first start, really read it well tonight and did a tremendous job.”
The game grew sloppy in the second half as Trinity-Byrnes fumbled three times, but Arnell tried to remain upbeat after the game.
“Cramton Bowl is an unbelievable facility and everybody associated with the game treated us very well,” he said. “The accommodations were great. We came down Thursday and the boys really enjoyed it. It was a great experience and in the end, it was a great team-building experience.”
Brookwood (1-0) returns home to play Terrell next Friday, while Trinity-Byrnes (0-1) travels to King’s Academy next week.
B – 12-19-0-0—31
B – Bradley Jones 44-yard run (Gabe Buckley kick failed)
B – Jud Jones 6-yard reception from Joe Parker (Tyler Clark kick failed)
B – Bradley Jones 23-yard run (Gabe Buckley kick failed)
B – Eli Miller 47-yard reception from Joe Parker (Tyler Clark kick)
B – Jud Jones 25-yard reception from Joe Parker (Gabe Buckley kick failed)
TB – B
First Downs 8 -- 13
Rush-Yds 27-18 -- 18-135
Passing Yds 49 -- 200
Passes 9-16-0 -- 13-17-1
Punts-Avg. 7-233 (33.3) --- 2-51 (25.5)
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 – 2-0
Penalties-Yds 6-40 – 5-48
RUSHING: Brookwood – B. Jones, 5-79; Wortman, 6-15; Parker 2-11; Spencer 2-9; Knifer 2-2; Yokley 1-19. Trinity-Byrnes – Thompson 9-24; Sasser 4-24; Robinson 10-20; Evans 2-0; Jackson 2-(-2).
PASSING: Brookwood – Parker 12-16-1, 200; J. Jones 1-1-0, -2. Trinity-Byrnes -- Sasser 6-10-0, 39. Thompson 3-6-0, 10.
RECEIVING: Brookwood – Spencer 3-46; J. Jones 3-44; B. Jones 3-38; Miller 2-64; Wortman 2-7. Trinity-Byrnes – Robinson 6-19; Chapman 3-30.
TACKLES: Brookwood – Carson Allen – 9 tackles, 5 tackles for loss (3 yds), 2 sacks (19 yds), 3 QB hurries; Colin Grimsley – 5 tackles, 1 FF, 3 FR.