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Railroaders ride safety to victory

September 19, 1998|By MARK KELLER

WILLIAMSPORT - It was a matter of answering one big play with another.

No. 7 Williamsport did it in the fourth quarter when Greg King returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown after a Brunswick score.

The Railroaders did it in the second quarter after the Wildcats stopped them on the 1-yard-line. And although the safety they recorded put just two points on the board, it turned out to be the difference in Brunswick's 9-7 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win Friday night.

On fourth-and-1 from the 1, Williamsport (2-1, 1-1) stuffed Chris Hill for no gain and took over on downs. Three plays later, Brunswick's Josh Powell dropped Adam Tournay in the end zone for the safety and a 2-0 lead.

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"At that point, all we're trying to do is get the ball out of there," said Williamsport coach Eric Michael. "(Tournay) misread the play and tried to string it out. He was trying to make something out of nothing, and (Powell) made a good tackle."

While the difference on the scoreboard was just two points, the Railroaders (3-0, 2-0) dominated Williamsport in nearly every facet of the game.

Brunswick ran 65 offensive plays to 36 for the Wildcats, and the defense held Williamsport to just 50 yards and three first downs on offense - making King's kickoff return all the bigger.

It came after a 16-play, 77-yard Brunswick drive that ended in a 5-yard touchdown run by Hill. Hill finished with 114 yards on 28 carries.

King took the kick at his 13 and ran right into the middle of the wedge. He found a seam, then broke toward the far sideline and outran two defenders to the end zone to cut the deficit to 9-7.

"That's the only offense we had tonight. Thank God for that," Michael said.

The Wildcats had an opportunity with two minutes left in the game. Two short completions and a personal foul penalty against Brunswick moved Williamsport to the Railroaders 41. But the drive stalled there, and Brunswick ran out the clock.

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