Brunswick defeats Williamsport-Friday night football

September 23, 2002|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Eric Michael is looking for moral victories, and hoping that someday soon his Williamsport football team can string together enough moral victories in one game to claim a run-of-the-mill, garden-variety win.

Brunswick saw to it that didn't happen Friday night, scoring 28 second-half points for a 38-6, run-of-the-mill, garden-variety Monocacy Valley Athletic League win.

"They're really young," said Brunswick coach Mark Mitchell of the Wildcats. "Those kids have a lot of heart, and they played hard the whole game. My kids know they were in a football game."

For 31 minutes, the overmatched Wildcats remained within striking distance, behind a stellar defensive effort against one of the areas most slippery running backs in Brandon Dykes. The Railroaders led 10-0, but stalled twice inside the Williamsport 15, and had to settle for a 24-yard field goal on their first drive of the game.


"We have to look at moral victories," said Michael. "Tonight, we were still in the game at the half against a good team, we had a couple of stops at the goal line, and we played the whole time in our own territory."

But with just 21 players in uniform, it was inevitable that fatigue would become a factor. After it's fourth three-play offensive series midway through the third period, Williamsport watched the Railroaders drive 49 yards in six plays. Dykes took it over from the nine for his second touchdown of the game, signaling the Brunswick offense was in high gear, and the Wildcats' defense was showing signs of wear. The Railroaders would score on each of their next three possessions.

"We didn't play well last week against Boonsboro," said Brunswick coach Mark Mitchell, "and we started out the same way tonight. But there were some things we did tonight that make me think we're getting back on track."

Two one-hundred-yard rushers in the same game will make every football coach believe his offense is back on track. While the Wildcats were focused on stopping Dykes, Dexter Henderson rumbled for 125 on six carries, while Dykes finished with 22 carries for 131 yards.

Williamsport's only score came with just 40 seconds remaining, as Jereme Leazier carried it in from the five after a 60-yard drive in four plays.

For Michael, it's simply a matter of numbers.

"We're fighting numbers and injuries," said Michael. We'll start on Monday with a certain group, then a couple of guys will go down, and we're filling holes. I'd like to see what we'd do without injuries."

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