The Brentwood-Ravenwood (Tenn.) Raptors were not only able to do something that has not happened in over 30 games, but they were able to do something no other Williamson county program has been able to do, beat Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy. The Raptors led by wide receiver Bo Gilroy and offensive tackle Logan Massengale pulled off the biggest upset of the early 2008 season.
Logan Massengale, 6-6, 270 pound offensive tackle from Brentwood-Ravenwood (Tenn.) commented, "We beat Brentwood Academy 22-21." He added, "From the beginning our coach, Coach Rector, has been telling us all week that we are the team that is going to make history. We knew we were going to be the team that came out with a victory, but we didn't know how. We knew they were very good and they were very strong."
The turning point in the game according to Massengale was, "In the fourth quarter we just did not quit even when they took the last kickoff back for a touchdown." He went on to explain, "We took over with a minute and a half to go on our own ten yard line. We could have just laid down and quit blocking, but we didn't. We kept fighting and we went 80 yards in a minute and half."
On the seven play and 80 yard drive that took a little over a minute and a half the Raptors maintained balance. Massengale said, "It was a great mixture. At the beginning of the game we started running it. It was a pretty good mixture of run and pass."
The Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy Eagles came into the ball game ranked number ten in the USA Today poll and favored by many to continue their winning ways against Williamson County schools. Led by a stout lineup of defensive line players including seniors Thad McHaney, 6-4, 240 pound defensive end, Barry Dabney, 6-2, 280 pounds, and early class of 2010 prospect Ishmael Lewis.
Massengale said of the Eagles defense, "They have always had a good defensive line. I feel we were able to do well. We were able to protect and run block. I feel like we did pretty well against a defensive line that has been there for three years."
On the recruiting front Massengale is beginning to pick up a little bit of a buzz. He said of possible visits, "Georgia has invited me down. Western Kentucky and Miami Ohio are still going neck and neck. Middle Tennessee is still coming along strong and sending me letters. Mainly right now Georgia, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, and Miami Ohio are the schools showing the most interest."
As the college football season rolls along players like Massengale want to take full advantage of their visits. He commented, "I want to go down and see a game day atmosphere. Obviously Georgia is a little bigger and a powerhouse in football so that impresses me a little bit. Western Kentucky you know has come a long way and have really rebuilt their football program."
Right now Massengale said of a potential early September visit to Georgia, "I should be there in the very beginning of September." He added, "I am going to look at the schedule for Miami Ohio. I want to try to make it to at least one or two games for each."