By Donovan Stewart:
Last Year’s Record– 9-5, lost to Independence in 5A Semifinals
Head Coach– Ron Crawford (137-71 overall, 15-11 in two years at Brentwood)
Offensive Coordinator– Clint Finch
Defensive Coordinator– Ben Caudill
Assistant Coaches– Pat Curran (QB), Gabe Evans (OL), Charlie Sanford (RB/HB), Jacob Norfleet (WR), Tom Crawford (DL), Steve Brock (LB), Drew Collier (DB)
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense– 11 (6 Off/5 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance– 2016
Key Returnees– Cole Mabry (OT, Sr., Notre Dame commitment), Chris Moore (OL, Sr.), Bryce Merrell (WR, Sr.), Matt Phillips (DB/P/PK, Sr.), C.J. Grissim (LB, Sr.), Blake Myers (DE, Sr.), Grant Yocam (WR, Sr.), Carson Shacklett (QB, Sr.), Kaden Dreier (RB, Sr.), Mason Keidel (LB, Sr.), Griffin Goodheart (DB, Sr.), Parker Bullion (WR, Sr.),
Key Losses– Will Leone (WR), Christian LaBreche (WR), Braxton McGill (OT), Colin Rudolph (RB), Tucker Day (PK), Will Stanworth (LB), Luke Reidy (LB), Henry Brothers (DE), Zack Barnitt (DB), Xavier Howard (DB), Chandler Moody (LS)
After making a late postseason run that saw an appearance in the Class 5A Semifinals in 2016, Brentwood High will try for the same magic in 2017 in 6A.
The Bruins will be a member of Region 6-6A with Williamson County rivals Centennial, Franklin, Independence and Ravenwood as well as Dickson County.
The Bruins will return 11 starters with six of those returning on offense led by senior quarterback Carson Shacklett.
Shacklett had a very good junior season as he accounted for 2,427 yards of total offense and 33 touchdowns.
He passed for 1,782 yards and 19 touchdowns while also running for 645 yards and 14 additional touchdowns.
Senior Kaden Dreier (414 rushing yards, four touchdowns) will be back at running back and will have some backup in the form of Matt Phillips (385 yards, six touchdowns) in 2016.
Seniors will lead the offensive line as Cole Mabry and Chris Moore return to provide leadership and nastiness to the Bruins line.
Mabry is one of the best linemen in the state as evidenced by his commitment to Notre Dame back in February while Moore is as solid as they come.
Shacklett will have weapons Returning at wide receiver led by seniors Parker Bullion, Grant Yocam, Bryce Merrell and Phillips.
Bullion was the leading receiver in 2016 as he caught 52 passes for 585 yards and scored four touchdowns while Yocam had 11 catches for 113 yards and three scores as well. Also be on the lookout for Chayce Bishop (son of former NFL safety Blaine Bishop). He is a speedster who has shown a lot of promise and will compete for snaps at wide receiver.
The Bruins return their leading tackler from last year in linebacker C.J. Grissim who had 143 tackles eight of which were for loss and two fumble recoveries.
Joining Grissim at linebacker will be senior Mason Keidel (37 tackles, two sacks), while the Bruin secondary will return Phillips (44 tackles) and Griffin Goodheart (17 tackles) at cornerback and Blake Myers (33 tackles and five sacks) will be back to start at defensive end.
Brentwood Since 2010:
46-37 overall record, five playoff appearances
By The Numbers:
1982/4- The year Brentwood opened its doors which makes it the fourth oldest public school in the county after Franklin (1910), Fairview (1956) and Page (1975)
2002- Championship season for the Bruins as they defeated Riverdale for 5A state title
Brentwood In the Playoffs:
Total Number of Playoff Appearances- 20
Playoff Record- 30-19
Deepest Playoff Run- Won Class 5A state title in 2002
Coach Crawford’s Thoughts:
“We are excited about being back in Williamson County and that our rivalry games take on a greater meaning. It is also a challenge moving up to 6A to see if we can continue our recent improvement.”
*August 18- at Franklin
August 25- at Cane Ridge
*September 1- Dickson County
September 8- Stewarts Creek
*September 15- Ravenwood
September 22- Nolensville
*September 29- at Independence
October 6- at Father Ryan
October 13- OPEN
October 20- Marshall County
*October 27- at Centennial
*Denotes Region Game