Brentwood Christian 2016 Football Preview
Head coach Stan Caffey comes into his second year at Brentwood Christian leading the Bears into their first year of 11-man football, and Caffey is building the program from scratch as he is the school’s first ever football coach. Caffey’s resume includes coaching 13 teams to the state playoffs in both public and private school. As a head coach, he has averaged more than 7 wins a season over the last ten years so winning more than expected in the first year of 11-man football should come as no surprise.
Transitioning from 6-man will be eased by the returning leadership on the field. The Bears return six starters on offense as well as six on defense. Leading the way on offense is quarterback Jordan Johnson. The senior QB averaged 433 yards of offense last season in six-man and his athleticism should allow him to excel in 11-man football. Defensively, Johnson will see time at free safety. Also returning in the backfield is junior Hunter Burcham, who had 21 receptions and 4 touchdowns last year. Burcham who will anchor the linebacker crew for the Bears.
Another two-way veteran is tight end and safety Blake Benton. The 6’1″ sophomore hauled in 37 catches last year and will be an integral part of success for the Bears offensively. Benton also functions as the Bears’ second quarterback when needed. Brentwood’s leading receiver also returns. Micha Best had 50 receptions and 10 touchdowns in 2015 and simply “has good hands and a knack for getting open”, according to Caffey. Best will also perform the kicking duties for Brentwood Christian.
With the returning strength at the skill positions, Coach Caffey aims to make the playoffs in the first year of 11-man competition. Playing well early will help the team’s confidence as the Bears look to develop the offensive and defensive lines. Caffey believes the keys to success will be line play and building a strong run defense.
The move to 11-man will be a tough endeavor, especially in district 4. If the line play develops and the Bears’ skill players perform as expected, Brentwood could finish in the upper half of TAPPS III-4. Getting off to a fast start in the 4 non-district games is crucial as district play opens on September 23 at reigning state champion Shiner St. Paul followed by a home matchup with perennial state contender Hallettsville Sacred Heart. You can first catch the Bears in action on August 13 when they host Texas Wind in the team’s first 11-man scrimmage. The Bears kickoff their 2016 season at home against East Austin Prep.
|2016 Brentwood Christian Schedule|
|8/13||Texas Wind (scrimmage)|
|8/19||@Texas School for the Deaf (scrimmage)|
|8/26||East Austin Prep|
|9/2||Temple Central Texas Christian|
|9/9||St. Dominic Savio (@ Round Rock McNeil)|
|9/16||@San Antonio TMI|
|9/23||@Shiner St Paul (district)|
|9/30||Hallettsville Sacred Heart (district)|
|10/14||Boerne Geneva (district)|
|10/21||Schertz John Paul II (district)|
|10/29||@San Marcos Academy (district)|
|11/4||@San Antonio St. Gerard (district)|