There are many reasons why Patrick Brown has enjoyed considerable success in more than 30 years as the Brentwood School football coach.
One important reason is he adapts to his personnel. In recent seasons the Eagles have depended on a wide-open attack featuring the passing and running of outstanding quarterbacks and capable receivers.
This season Brown sees vast potential in a running attack featuring a couple of experienced ball-carriers.
So, in a 44-16 win over Marshall of Pasadena in the Alpha League opener last Friday Brentwood rushed for 340 yards.
Alex Kelln had an 85-yard touchdown run among his 150 yards. Ray Nicholson gained 96 yards and scored a touchdown and freshman Jarrod Ashkar had 66 yards, including two touchdowns.
“We thought we could run on them and that’s what happened,” said Brown.
The Eagles also had three interceptions — one each by Matt Halper, Greg Caruso and Daniel James.
Another highlight was the first field goal of Spencer Ramsey’s career as the Eagles evened their record at 2-2.
On Friday at 3:15 Brentwood will play a home game against Alpha League newcomer Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth