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Railroaders' drive cap Hubs

October 08, 2005|By TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

BRUNSWICK, Md.

With Friday's daylong rain, one might have thought there were hurricane remnants blowing through the Brunswick area during the evening hours.

In reality, it was "Hurricane Eric," aka Eric Zwilsky that produced the main gusts, storming for 192 yards on 32 carries and a pair of touchdowns as the Railroaders (3-2, 2-0) cut down North Hagerstown 21-7 on a wet and muddy, but very playable field in an MVAL Antietam matchup.

"The last two years (North) destroyed us," Zwilsky said. "We're all-weather and we were built for this. I ran behind a line that did such a great job tonight. Next to beating Middletown, this was a big win for our team."

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The weather conditions may have played into Brunswick's hand more favorably than for North (2-3, 1-2) with the Railroaders' tightly-strung double Wing-T offense.

Brunswick coach Kevin Lynott called 54 plays out of the double Wing-T, employing 53 on the ground for 325 yards, including 85 yards by quarterback Aaron Main. It's likely a review of game tapes would see 95 percent of plays run tackle-to-tackle.

"With our offense I think we're pretty much an all-weather offense," said Lynott. "Dry or bad weather, I don't think this offense loses a beat.

"We didn't make any mistakes (no turnovers) and we fortunate getting some breaks from (North). In a 60-minute game, it's always the one with the least mistakes wins."

On the other hand, North coach Danny Cunningham wasn't overly impressed with the Hubs' tackling abilities.

"(Zwilsky) ran well, but we just didn't tackle at all," said Cunningham, who was dismayed by the Hubs' overall performance, which included three turnovers.

"We had no discipline," he said. "We missed opportunities on the short field, had holding penalties and one touchdown called back. And the offensive line didn't come to play."

The game started with North losing a fumble on its second offensive play, sending Brunswick on a 16-play drive that the Hubs stopped at their 6.

After a scoreless first quarter, North drew first blood very early in the second quarter.

Marcus Scott rambled 72 yards around right end before he was caught by Brunswick's Chris Rucker at the Railroaders' 16. The Hubs punched in the score on Lamar Harris' 3-yard burst with 11:21 to go.

However, Brunswick answered five plays later when Zwilsky rambled 50 yards to paydirt, having been set up Main's 21-yard quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-1.

Andrew Derr opened the second half by returning the kickoff 49 yards to the North 38. Three plays later, Zwilsky scampered 28 yards to give Brunswick a 14-7 lead.

North's deepest penetration in the second half was to the Brunswick 28 near the end of the third period on an 11-yard pass play from Logan Kelso to Dee Mency. It was followed by four incomplete passes, which included a holding penalty that negated a 28-yard score by Scott, to foil the drive.

With six minutes remaining, Brunswick put the game away on a 10-play, 85-yard drive with Main's 16-yard score with 1:30 remaining on the second of two "scrum wedges" by the Railroaders.

On a critical fourth-and 2 at their 38, Lynott went for the first down. Brunswick's offensive line sealed together tighter than a pile of sandbags and wedged in unison to blow the Hubs off the line to pave the way for a 46-yard gain by Main.

"The seniors in the huddle wanted to run those plays," said Lynott. "It's not a play you normally practice, but it's a way to combat the war."

Scott ran for 123 yards while Kelso was 7 of 20 passing for 85 yards for North.

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