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'Roaders howl

September 28, 1998|By BOB PARASILITI

Brunswick and South Hagerstown locked up in a dogfight on Friday.

The Railroaders ended up being a breed apart.

Brunswick earned its pedigree as one of the more powerful teams in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League with a 34-6 win over the Rebels at School Stadium.

The Railroaders won the battles of time, statistics, breaks and moreover the game, but it wasn't all that easy.

Brunswick curbed the Rebels with methodical offense, while the Railroader defense had South on a leash.

"We don't have a lot of razzle-dazzle, big-play stuff," Brunswick coach Mark Mitchell said. "We try to get four and five yards at a time and just keep things going."

Brunswick (4-0, 3-0) rumbled as opposed to sprinted. The Railroaders rolled up 348 yards of offense, including 291 rushing. Chris Hill led the way with 19 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns, while Jeremiah Summers added 18 carries for 101 yards and one score.

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But Brunswick had a way of popping every fourth play for just enough yardage to get a first down.

"When you keep giving up the ball after three downs on offense, pretty soon your defense is going to wilt," South coach Greg Kellick said. "Playing so much defense is going to take its toll because the offense is going forward and knows where to block. On defense, you always end up getting hit first."

South (1-3, 1-2) took 60 plays of hits, but hung in as best it could without showing strong offense. Brunswick held the Rebels to 46 yards of offense in the first half and 127 for the game. South had 56 yards rushing, led by Jason Priecko with 68 yards on 21 carries.

"We'd get five yards on first down, nothing on second, be forced to throw on third and then have to give up the ball," Kellick said.

Brunswick scored on its first possession, a 74-yard drive capped by Hill's 1-yard plunge. Big plays - like Hill's 45-yard run and Roscoe Dorsey's 47-yard interception return with 1.7 seconds left in the half - helped the Railroaders take a 20-0 halftime lead.

Soon, Brunswick's superior size on the line took over. Brunswick opened the second half with a 66-yard drive, capped by David Zidek's 1-yard run for a 27-0 lead. South's only score came on Dominque Richmond's 16-yard touchdown catch at the end of the third quarter.

"We're the smallest school in the league, so it's nice to be bigger than someone for once," Mitchell said. "It's rare, so it's nice to take advantage of it. We were in the same situation as South last year. It takes time, but they will get there."

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