Brentwood senior named Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week

Brentwood senior Jacob Clay has been named a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week for Sept. 3. Clay carried the ball 16 times for 294 yards and seven touchdowns in last week’s 54-18 win over Kennedy. He carried seven times for 184 yards and three touchdowns against Crystal City in a 58-6 win in the first game of the season.  Clay’s 10 touchdowns on the season leads the area.

Eagles football begins with a win

Brentwood football kicked off its year with a big win over over Crystal City Friday night, beating the Hornets 58-6 away. The Eagles began the season last year against Crystal City too, defeating the Hornets 61-26, going on to a 10-0 record until going down in the post-season. Three Eagles merited St. Louis Post-Dispatch mentions as “best performances” for the night:

Quarterback Skylar Sappington hit five receptions on five throws for 205 yards with two touchdowns, Jacob Clay carried seven times for 184 yards and three touchdowns, and Kaylon Jenkins had two receptions for 140 yards and one touchdown. Brentwood scored 31 in the first quarter, 14 in the second, 6 in the third and 7 in the fourth.

Coach: Brentwood football is back “ahead of where we were last year”

Brentwood football went 10-0 last year until falling to Herman 34-15 in the post season. Head coach Keith Herring said Monday before practice that most of the team is back. “We were pretty young last year and we got all those guys back,” he said. “I think we’re a little bit ahead of where we were last year in the offense.”

Senior running back Jacob Clay, who finished 2014 with 2,554 yards and 45 touchdowns is back, “stronger and faster,” Herring said. “We’re just waiting to see what he can do.”

He also said quarterback, Skyler Sappington is back.

Top running backs to face off in Brentwood game

Class 2 District 5 football post-season begins Friday, pitting 3-seed Brentwood (8-0) against 6-seed Lutheran St. Charles (3-6) at Brentwood. The game will also match the area’s top two running backs. Brentwood junior Jacob Clay leads with 39 touchdowns accounting for 238 points and 2004 yards; second is Bryce Jefferson of Lutheran St. Charles with 31 TDs and 186 points.

Eagles coach concerned about low turnout

Brentwood head football coach, Keith Herring came right out with his main concern Thursday at the team’s mini camp at the Mt. Calvary field: low numbers. The Eagles’ four-day, non-contact camp prepares the team to hit the ground running on August 4, the first day high school teams can practice for the fall season. There were a few more than 20 players on the field Thursday. “There’s a couple kids we expect to come out, but for the most part, it kind of perplexing to see the numbers down so much,” Herring said.

Good turnout at Jr. Eagles football camp

About 24 players, mostly from sixth to eighth grade, are learning football skills at the Jr. Eagles football camp at Norm West Park this week. They’re preparing for games with similar teams from area schools. The camp has been preparing players for high school football since the early 1970s. In the past the Jr. Eagles have had a game schedule against Chaminade, MICDS, SLUH, Westminster, Priory, Affton and Vianney.

Brentwood coach Bob Penn to be inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Brentwood football coach for 27 years, Bob Penn, will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in January. The 2014 inductees were announced in November. Penn spent his entire teaching and coaching career at Brentwood. He was a teacher from 1967 through 1982, then an assistant principal for the last 12 years of his tenure. He served as Brentwood’s assistant football coach for six years before being named head coach in 1974, a position he held for the next 27 years, according to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.