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Preseason football: Brandon 35, Blake 6

BRANDON — Brandon picked up right where it left off last year, hammering visiting Blake 35-6 in the preseason opener Friday night.

Brandon, which finished 9-2 and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2007 last season, dominated both sides of the ball and led at one point 29-0 before a number of starters exited.

Brandon's suffocating defense set the tone for the evening, registering a safety on Blake's first possession. On the night, the Eagles' defense recorded six sacks and picked off a pair off passes.

The Eagles' ground game punished the Blake front seven.

Tyrell Garner rushed for a pair of scores and D'andre Franklin added another from 26 yards out. The Eagles only threw a handful of times, but were efficient when they did.

Quarterback Alan Knippel tossed a pair of TDs, including a juggling catch in the back corner of the end zone to Jalen Stringfellow from 25 yards out. The senior signal caller also hooked up with Will Plachta for a 26-yard TD.

Brandon Wright, Times correspondent


Preseason football: Brandon 35, Blake 6 08/26/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 26, 2011 10:42pm]
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