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Zwilsky puts 'Cats to Zzzz

October 02, 2004|By DAN KAUFFMAN

WILLIAMSPORT - Ho-hum. Another game, another 200-plus yard rushing effort from Brunswick's Eric Zwilsky.

Williamsport had no answer for the Railroaders' man of the season, who rushed for 210 yards and three scores, including a brilliant 62-yard touchdown run off a second-half swing pass in Brunswick's 31-0 victory Friday night.

Zwilsky made his presence known from the Railroaders' first offensive series with eight carries for 71 yards in the nine-play, 76-yard drive that he capped with a 3-yard TD.

"When you've got a fullback lead blocking for you, six or seven linemen blocking for you, your quarterback blocking for you and your wide receivers blocking for you, it's easy," said the understated Zwilsky, whose hard running after first contact had more than a little to do with his success. "All I have to do is run behind them."

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"He's a guy who against Walkersville ran for 310 (yards), against Clear Spring ran for 210," Brunswick coach Kevin Lynott said. "He's definitely a big part of our offense. He's been doing it pretty much all season. He's just a kid with a lot of heart."

Zwilsky's 32-yard romp around the right end gave Brunswick (3-2, 2-0) a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter, and his 4-yard TD run with 1:41 left in the half capped a seven-play, 51-yard drive for a 21-0 halftime lead.

Andrew White's 31-yard field goal made it 24-0 five minutes into the third quarter, and six minutes later, Zwilsky turned a simple pass into the right flat from Aaron Main into a weaving, highlight-reel touchdown, cutting back and splitting two defenders at the Williamsport 40-yard line and picking up a couple blocks to waltz into the end zone.

"He's a nice high school football back," Williamsport coach Adrian Custer said. "He's tough to bring down. We worked all week to stop 44, and we couldn't do it."

Williamsport's opening drive started well, as the Wildcats (0-5, 0-2) started on their own 18. They went 58 yards in 11 plays down to the Brunswick 24, but the drive stalled there and Williamsport turned it over on downs.

On two other occasions, Williamsport had the ball in Brunswick territory, but the Wildcats failed to dent the scoreboard - held off in part by Bryan Hsu's three interceptions.

Up next for Brunswick is a Saturday night showdown next weekend against North Hagerstown in a game with major MVAL Antietam implications.

"It's the biggest game of my high school career, it is for most of my teammates," Zwilsky said. "They're supposed to be the best team in the Antietam, and we want to knock them off."

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