Soccer: Brentwood and Franklin earn opening byes in District 12-AAA ‘always tough’ tournament | Sports
Dominant defense, a defining season for longtime coach Mike Purcell and just being back on the football pitch is not enough for the Brentwood High School boys’ football team. The Bruins want more, especially with the District 12-AAA tournament kicking off this week.
“Our goal is always to make it to the national tournament and even though we won the regular season title and got a pass in the area, it’s all about sowing now,” said Purcell, a veteran coach of 18 years old for the Bruins who took home the win. his 300th victory about two weeks ago. “We want to win the district tournament, but we’ll need our best games to win. Sometimes our toughest games in the entire playoff series are just trying to get out of the papa-gum neighborhood because it’s always tough.
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Brentwood will open the tournament on Tuesday against No. 4 winner Ravenwood against No. 5 Independence. These two, along with the No.6 centennial top seed, third seed, play the top seed on Friday night.
Second-seeded Franklin will face the Centennial Summit winner in the other semi-final next week.
The admirals have chained six consecutive victories between their two defeats. Franklin fell 2-1 to 2019 State Champion Grace Christian Academy in late March before beating their next six opponents 30-7. Brentwood ended the streak with a 2-0 shutout victory over Franklin on April 20 – Purcell’s 299th career victory.
“We played really well in this game,” said Purcell. “Our only flaw was against Ravenwood, but we still had to win and it came down to this last game.”
The Bruins clinched the district title and secured an automatic berth for the 6-AAA region with a 3-0 shutout at the Centennial on April 27. his ninth shutout.
Franklin coach Mike Burgoyne said his team used the loss as motivation to work harder to create easier opportunities for their forwards.
“We’ve gotten used to seeing some pretty spectacular goals from great players in this streak where we’ve got around 25 goals in four games,” said Burgoyne. “Then we had a drier period and that made us focus on how to create better opportunities.
“No matter who we face, it won’t be like the way we faced them earlier in the season. We hope we can play Brentwood again, however.
Franklin beat the Spartans 7-3 on April 1 and the Cougars 6-0 on March 26. The Admirals closed the regular season with a 2-0 shutout over Father Ryan after a 2-1 win over visiting Page.
Brentwood’s two losses this season are a 3-2 loss to Bearden in the first week of the season and a 1-0 loss to Hendersonville on April 15. Purcell credits his team’s defense for leading the Bruins.
Ryan Hayes and Carter Patton dominated and made Stegall’s life easier.
“Our defense can be so strong, there are games that (Stegall) could have put a chair outside to watch the game,” Purcell said. “At the same time, he’s grown up when we need him.”
Joyner has been involved in half of Brentwood’s goals this year, but has five teammates behind with at least 10 points as well. The Bruins have a lot of kids who can find the back of the net, Purcell said.
Brentwood tied Ravenwood 2-2 on March 26 at home and inflicted a 5-0 loss on Indy on March 30.
“No matter who we play, it will be a tough game,” Purcell said. “After missing out on last season, these guys dedicated themselves this year to the fact that they couldn’t play. They play for themselves, for this school and for the program. We have to bring our best game no matter what, because the other team certainly will.