Diary: Baron, Eagles Looking To Clinch Division

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Since dropping its season opener, Brentwood Academy (Nashville, TN) has won seven straight games and is now in position to secure a division title with a win this week. It won’t be easy. The Eagles take on a 7-1 Ensworth squad that has won its last three games by an average of 34 points.

Virginia Tech-bound defensive end/offensive guard Woody Baron is not a big believer in home-field advantage when it comes to football, but his team will get to host Ensworth on Friday night.

“They are the defending state champions,” Baron said of Ensworth, which has a 4-1 record in Division II, Class AA. Brentwood is undefeated at 5-0. “It’ll be a great atmosphere, a great game. It’ll be a challenge. They always produce good teams. They did graduate some seniors at key positions last year, but they are good.”

Except for a 3-point win over then unbeaten Baylor on September 30, Brentwood Academy has been winning convincingly as well. The Eagles have won by an average of 27 points per game outside of the 10-7 decision against division rival Baylor, which was the biggest win of the season up to this point.

“It was a close game, a nail-biter all the way through,” the 6’1″, 250-pound senior recalled. “It stayed a one-score game. It was anybody’s game. We were able to come out on top. In the fourth quarter, we were able to make key stops.”

Brentwood has played well offensively and defensively since the season opener, a 38-point loss to Kentucky prep power Trinity.

“We’re in a really good defensive spot right now,” Baron said. “At crunch time, we have seniors stepping up and making key plays. The offense is rolling and the defense is making stops.”

Baron will play on the defensive line when he gets to Virginia Tech, but he is a big part of Brentwood’s success on the offensive and defensive lines. He is in his fourth year as a starter at left offensive