Brentwood, Ca-A new test for the Brentwood Eagles (3-0) to assess the skill sets and speed against visiting McAuliffe (Kilpatrick) Mustangs (0-2). Even with the Mustangs team speed it wasn’t enough to overcome the strong arm quarterback for the Eagles senior Eli Stern in a 59-20 victory. Eagles coach had watched enough film to know not to let the Mustangs loose on edges or the open field.
The game plan was to let the game ride on Stern’s shoulders and he didn’t disappoint the crowd with over 200 yards passing and 50 plus yards running. Stern kept his team in the right situations and allowed his teammates to make plays.
The Mustangs jumped off to a fast start with Phillip Taylor 11 picking up the squib kick and shredding through the Eagles coverage team to opening 75 yard return for a touchdown. They elected to go for a two point conversion and were successful to take their only lead of the game 8-0 with 11:44 left in the quarter. The Mustangs defense held the Eagles to three and out on their opening drive to keep the momentum on their side.
On the next possession, Eagles’ defensive back Henry Segel intercepted a pass in the endzone to stall the drive and get them on track starting on twenty yard line. Two plays later, Stern hooked up on a touchdown pass to Austin Bleibtreu3 for a 64-yard catch and run making the score 8-8. Both teams were playing great defense and making the offense’s work hard earlier.
As the game continued Eagles quarterback Stern found his rhythm passing for touchdown and running for 46 yard keeper that amazed the crowd taking the score to 22-8 earlier in 2nd quarter10:13 left. The Mustangs tried to answer the bell with Taylor playing defense this time intercepting a ball for pick six for 68 yards making it 22-14 game midway through the second period.
But after that scoring playing, penalties, injuries, heat got the best of the Mustangs. They trailed 32-14 going into the half, all the Eagles had to do was play smart football in second half to secure the win. The Eagles outscored the Mustangs 17-6 during the second half to keep their undefeated season alive at 3-0. The defeat kept Mustangs Coach Derek Ayers positive and hungry for their first win of the season.