BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee teams have been tough on Baylor this season.
The Red Raiders (5-3, 2-2 Division II-AA) are 5-0 against teams located in East Tennessee, but dropped to 0-3 against teams from the Middle Tennessee area after falling 36-10 to region foe Brentwood Academy (6-3, 3-2 Division II-AA) on Friday night.
Oakland and Montgomery Bell Academy have also knocked off the Red Raiders this season.
Star running back George Porter did what he could to keep Baylor in this game. The senior broke free for a 46-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to pull the Red Raiders within 15-7, but Brentwood Academy, led by several high-level collegiate prospects such as Tennessee commitment Derek Barnett, had an answer for everything.
The Eagles built a 15-0 lead thanks to two 70-plus yard drives that both ended in a touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Swafford. Do-it-all receiver C.J. Sanders tacked on a short rushing touchdown out of the wildcat in the second quarter to extend BA’s lead to 22-7.
After the Red Raiders executed a fake punt to extend a drive late in the first half, kicker Rafael Gaglianone hit a 29-yard field goal, his third made attempt of the season, as the half expired to pull the Red Raiders back to within two scores, 22-10, at the break.
But that would be the last time Baylor dented the scoreboard. BA added two more rushing touchdowns in the second half – a 9-yarder from Swafford and a 2-yard plunge from running back Jacob Cretin – to stretch the score to 36-10 in the fourth quarter.
Several costly errors by the Red Raiders quashed any hopes of a late comeback. A dropped pass on third down, a roughing the punter infraction and a fumbled snap on an attempted quarterback sneak were among the late miscues.
Porter finished with 149 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Baylor quarterback Nick Tiano completed 6-of-15 attempts for 80 yards and one interception. BA outgained Baylor 451-244 in total yardage.
It won’t get any easier for Baylor as the Red Raiders return home next week for a matchup against Ensworth, another powerhouse program. They will return to the Nashville area on Nov. 1 for their season finale against Father Ryan, a team that beat BA earlier this year.
Wes Boling of the Eagle Sports Broadcasting Network contributed to this report
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