Brentsville’s running game too much for Hawks

FRONT ROYAL — Brentsville showed just how much balance they have with their wishbone offense on Friday night.

The Tigers used a bevy of ball carriers out of the wishbone to lead them to a 49-0 non-district football victory over Skyline.

“That’s two weeks in a row where we were probably around 350 rushing. To get that going is really our beard and butter,” Brentsville coach Ryan Smith said. “We didn’t know how we’d be this year because we lost three of five on the O-line, and we’re actually way ahead of the curve than we were last year, which is nice.”

The Tigers had 354 yards on the ground with eight different ball carriers. Brentsville’s DaShawn Denney led the way with 105 yards on 10 carries. Smith said that last year they mostly just used Denney, but this year they have other options.

“We’re trying to go into these games thinking OK, we’re not just going to pound, pound, pound him,” Smith said of Denney. “Now he’s getting 11-15 carries a game, but he’s getting over 100 yards and I think it’s because he’s not getting 30 carries for 100 and wearing him out. We’re not one-dimensional anymore, which is nice.”

The Tigers had four backs with at least 46 yards rushing.

Brentsville (2-0) took the lead early. They drove the ball 65 yards on 10 plays. All but two of the plays were runs.

Denney scored on a 3-yard run to put the Tigers in front, 7-0 with 7:59 left in the first quarter.

The Tigers needed only three plays to score on their next drive. Brentsville’s Eric Jones ran twice for 14 yards. Zack Yates ran 27 yards for the touchdown on the next play for a 14-0 lead for the Tigers with 6:04 left in the first quarter.

Skyline (1-2) had a 10-play, 36-yard drive stall at the Brentsville 30-yard line. On fourth-and-8 from Brentsville 36, Skyline quarterback Ryan Scott’s pass fell incomplete.

“We did miss out on some opportunities,” Skyline coach Heath Gilbert said. “Some of those were because pass protection was not able to hold up. They pressured our box and they forced a lot of one-on-one matchups, and they were winning the one-on-one matchups.”

The Tigers added to their lead in the second quarter. They went 64 yards on seven plays. Brentsville threw the ball on the first four plays, including two passes from quarterback Mike Giltner to Romell Jones for 39 yards. Denney finished the drive off with a 4-yard touchdown run and a 21-0 lead with 10:47 left in the first half.

After an interception by Skyline’s Max Meador at the Brentsville 42-yard line, the Hawks moved the ball inside the Brentsville 30.

Skyline’s drive once again stalled. On fourth-and-9 from the Brentsville 29, Scott was sacked to end the threat.

The Tigers added to their lead late in the first half. Brentsville went 91 yards on just five plays. Denney scored on a 60-yard touchdown run, weaving through Skyline defenders, for a 28-0 edge with 31 seconds left in the first half.

“Their running game was exactly what they showed on film and we tried our best to game-plan to stop it, and they still were able to execute very well,” Gilbert said. “They were certainly better than us.”

After Skyline’s opening series ended with a three-and-out, Gilbert decided to put in most of his substitutes for the remainder of the game to keep from suffering any injuries to his starters. It also gave him a chance to see some of his younger players perform.

Skyline sophomore quarterback Chase Tasker threw for 52 yards. Skyline sophomore Caleb Reedy returned a kickoff to the Brentsville 37-yard line, and Tasker led the Hawks to the Brenstville 2 in the fourth quarter.

However, the drive ended with a Brenstville interception.

“It was good. They were able to make a few plays,” Gilbert said. “They moved the ball down there. Then they got the opportunity to play against their starters there at the end, and they were able to make a play against us.”

Gilbert said his young team just needs to put this game behind them and get ready for Manassas Park next week.

“We have to see the film, see where we’re at, and do the best we can to prepare for Manassas Park,” Gilbert said.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com

Tigers 49, Hawks 0
Brentsville 14 14 14 7–49
Skyline 0 0 0 0–0
First quarter
B: Denney 3 run (Velez kick), 7:59
B: Yates 27 run (Velez kick), 6:04
Second quarter
B: Denney 4 run (Velez kick), 10:47
B: Denney 60 run (Velez kick), :31
Third quarter
B: Cooperrider 14 run (Velez kick), 5:45
B: E. Jones 16 run (Velez kick), :55
Fourth quarter
B: A. Obermeyer 31 run (Velez kick), 3:50
First downs 22 5
Rushes-yards 37-354 23-21
Passing yards 66 72
Passing 5-13-0-1 7-18-0-1
Penalties-yards 1-5 5-57
Fumbles-lost 0-0 4-0
Punts-Avg. 0-0 6-36.3
RUSHING: Brentsville, Denney 10-105, E. Jones 10-70, Yates 7-83, R. Jones 1-3, Cooperrider 2-26, Gaynord 2-18, Jenkins 1-7, A. Obermeyer 2-46, Whitlock 2-(-2). Skyline, Fortney 20-20, Scott 8-3, McHugh 1-(-1), C. Tasker 2-(-2), Ion 1-(-1).
PASSING: Brenstville, Giltner 5-13-66-0-1. Skyline, Scott 3-10-20-0-0, C. Tasker 4-8-52-0-1.
RECEIVING: Brenstville, R. Jones 4-55, Cornwell 1-11. Skyline, Ion 1-5, Fortney 1-8, A. Tasker 1-0, King 1-12, Clingerman 2-31, Reedy 1-16.