Brentsville football Coach Mike Madison said he cannot remember exactly the last time his team opened a season with three wins, but he knows it has been a long time. Last night the Tigers improved to 3-0--matching last year's win total--with a 36-6 victory over visiting Colonial Forge in front of about 2,000 in Nokesville.
"I'm just happy for the kids," Madison said. "It's been a long time since we've put enough points on the board to play everybody in the fourth quarter. It's no reflection on [Colonial Forge], because they are a new team and they have to grow."
Colonial Forge (0-3) missed its last chance to win a varsity game in its inaugural season. In the first half, when the game was decided, the starkest difference was between the teams' secondaries. Brentsville intercepted Colonial Forge freshman quarterback Brandon McKinney three times, and Tigers junior quarterback Chris Jenkins completed two of his first three passes for touchdowns.
Brentsville junior Bobby Tait made two interceptions, and senior Justin Thomas had the other. Tait's second interception halted the Eagles' best drive of the game on the Tigers' 15-yard line, and Tait capped his performance with a fourth-quarter sack--one of five by the Tigers--for a safety. Tait had missed Brentsville's last game with a knee injury.
"That was great for Bobby, coming off an injury, to have a big game like that," Madison said. Thomas handled all the running the Tigers needed on their first possession, carrying the ball five times for 45 yards. A face mask penalty on Colonial Forge added 15 yards to the 60-yard drive, and Thomas scored on a five-yard run just 1 minute 16 seconds into the game. Thomas finished with 103 yards on 11 carries for Brentsville, which finished 3-7 last season.
Jenkins took advantage when the Eagles left first Thomas, then senior Greg Faith, wide open. Jenkins hit Thomas for a 54-yard strike with 3:19 left in the first quarter and found Faith for a 32-yard touchdown pass with 2:55 remaining in the half.
The Eagles' lone consolation was freshman James Davis's nine-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, which he set up with a 40-yard gain on the previous play.
"We did some good things, but it's all the little things that add up," Colonial Forge Coach Karl Buckwalter said. "I have to have these guys better prepared. Our goal was to go 10-0 and now that can't happen, but we can still go 7-3."
Colonial Forge (0-3)
B--Thomas 6 run (Baker kick)
B--Thomas 54 pass from Jenkins (Baker kick)
B--Faith 32 pass from Jenkins (kick failed)
B--Croushorn 14 run (Baker kick)
B--Waddle 26 fumble recovery (Baker kick)
CF--Davis 9 run (pass failed)
B--Safety, McKinney tackled in end zone by Tait
RUSHING--Colonial Forge: Thacker 10-64, Davis 5-53; Brentsville: Thomas 11-103.
PASSING--Colonial Forge: McKinney 6-11-3 79; Brentsville: Jenkins 2-5-0 86.
RECEIVING--Colonial Forge: Cole 4-52; Brentsville: Thomas 1-54, Faith 1-32.