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