Brentwood School played a football game last Saturday without committing a penalty and without having to punt. The Eagles had 19 first downs and 306 yards rushing and just one turnover.
Not surprisingly, that resulted in a 48-8 victory over Montclair Prep.
The win gave Brentwood a 3-2 Alpha League record, good for third place. The league receives two automatic CIF playoff berths and traditionally gets one more as a wild card.
The Eagles had absorbed one-sided losses the previous two weeks to Maranatha and Campbell Hall, but Coach Patrick Brown focused on conditioning all week in practice and then emphasized the running game.
“We feel the strength of our team is the offensive line and good depth at running back,” he said. “And in the Campbell Hall game I felt our conditioning wasn’t as good as it should have been.”
Five running backs scored touchdowns. Ray Nicholson had two and Alex Kelln, Jered Ashkar, Brandon Leung, and Jeremy Iouline one each.
On its first possession Brentwood drove 80 yards to a touchdown without throwing a pass, using up more than eight minutes.
Although the running game was featured, the Eagles completed four of six passes.
“We can pass effectively when it’s a surprise,” said Brown.
Both of Brentwood’s remaining regular season games will be played at home — this Saturday at 2 p.m. against Calvary Chapel and Nov. 13 against Kilpatrick.