Not only did Brentwood’s football team have a successful season in 2006, the Eagles appear to be strong for next season too.
“We have quite a few players coming back and we expect to have another competitive team,” said Coach Patrick Brown.
Most notably, quarterback Mason Moss will graduate but Josh Amster, who alternated with him, is a sophomore. Amster can again throw to speedy Ben Oliva, one of the Eagles’ leading receivers, and to Charlie James, another sophomore who made a significant contribution.
Manny Benton, one of the Alpha League’s leading rushers with more than 800 yards, also returns.
“We’re going to play a tough schedule, so the season will be challenging,” said Brown, who will be the Eagles’ football coach for the 29th year.
Brentwood will open with Kilpatrick for the second straight season, after losing the game in the 2005 opener. The second game will be at Rio Hondo following a bye week, followed by Salesian, Pasadena Poly and Paraclete. And then the Alpha League schedule will begin.
Brentwood lost to Paraclete this season before beginning a second-half-of-the season run that resulted in the co-championship of the league and a march to the semi-finals of the Northeast Division playoffs. The Eagles were then eliminated by Maranatha, 31-20.
Brentwood will again play in the Alpha League, one of the strongest ones in the division. This season the league produced three of the four teams in the division playoff semi-finals – Brentwood, Maranatha and Whittier Christian.
Brentwood was 8-5 this season and 8-3 in 2005.
Brown will be able to relax for awhile. Then he’ll be co-coach again of the Brentwood softball team.