BRENTWOOD—McGavock’s three-game winning streak ended Friday night, as the Raiders fell to Brentwood 38-6 in the first round of the state playoffs.
McGavock (3-7) came in as the clear underdog against Region 6-5A champion Brentwood (8-2). The same could be said for the previous two seasons, as both resulted in a Bruins’ victory of at least 20 points.
“[Brentwood head coach Ron] Crawford and his bunch, they do a great job,” said McGavock coach Jay Gore. “Three years in a row now, we’ve come to Brentwood and been put out by Brentwood.”
Throughout the first half, there were a few key penalties. On Brentwood’s first drive, two touchdowns were called back due to holding penalties.
The Bruins faced third and goal from the 4-yard line when quarterback Cade Graznow ran in a touchdown on a keeper to cap off an 11-play, 71-yard drive.
Following a second Bruins touchdown, McGavock returner Kevonte Dorris fumbled the kickoff at the 5-yard line, which led to an easy scoop and score for Brentwood’s Grant Shacklett, which pushed the lead to 21-0.
“Our kicking game was really solid,” Crawford said. “We got a score off of the kicking game. That’s always big for us.
“And it happened to a great guy that’s been in our program. For a guy like that to get a touchdown, Grant Shacklett, it was pretty cool to see him [as] a defensive player. I’m proud of that.”
The Raiders did not give up, starting off the second quarter with an interception from Deshay Griffin.
After a 33-yard jump ball was pulled down by McGavock’s Dorris, the Raiders faced fourth down on the 10-yard line. Tailback Michael Bryant appeared to score, but the play was called back due to a personal foul call for a blind-side block.
McGavock failed to convert the second time, and the game seemed out of reach after that for the Raiders.
“We get a big pass play to get the ball down the field,” Gore said. “And a block that doesn’t even affect the play pulls a touchdown off the board.
“If we get that score and hold them, we go into halftime 21-7. I think it’s a little bit different of a ball game.”
Brentwood’s offense was a well-oiled machine, spreading the ball around to different backs and receivers with various runs and screens. Normal drop-back throws were almost nonexistent, but there was no need for them Friday night.
“We have not really expanded offensively,” Crawford said. “Right now, we’re doing a really good job of a lot of different people touching the ball.”
Brentwood will play host to Independence on Friday night in the second round. The Bruins already have a 24-7 win over the Eagles during the regular season.
McGavock’s season is over after the Raiders reached the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.
The Raiders’ route to the playoffs was hard and unique, losing their first seven games only to come back and win their last three to make the playoffs.
“The kids have played hard all year, fought through a lot of adversity,” Gore said.
“I hate it for the seniors, 24 of them. Ten of them have been with us all four years. You always hate it for the seniors, because you know it’s their last one.
“I told the boys, ‘Nobody can take away from you that you’ve been to the playoffs all four years of your high school career. That’s pretty special.’”