The seven-point difference in Brentwood football’s state quarterfinal win last week over Centralia (20-27) was a slightly broken play that’s supposed to look like a broken play, Brentwood Coach Keith Herring said.
It was a faked field goal. “We tried it on an extra point two weeks ago and it worked like a charm,” Herring said. “It looks a lot like a broken play. It was a last minute decision. I didn’t tell anybody until they got lined up, then I called it.” The bad thing was, two of the guys on the field didn’t hear the call, but it worked anyway.
“It was kind of a risky thing to do, but I felt like we needed more than a field goal, and something to break their backs, if we could,” he said.
The Eagles play Lamar on Saturday at Brentwood at 1 p.m. in a Class 2 state semifinal — Lamar has won the Class 2 title five years in a row. The winner goes on to the final in Springfield.
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Brentwood Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald told residents to expect up to 700 coming from Lamar. A shuttle will be provided from McGrath or Mt. Calvary. He suggested Brentwood residents walk to the game if they can.
Brentwood teams have had winning records for several years in a row, but none have gone this deep into playoffs recently.
Herring speculated on what’s different this year: “The only thing I can put my finger on, this group of kids they don’t get too up, they don’t get too down, they just like to play football. They just keep telling each other, let’s not end this season yet. They want to keep playing.”