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'Roaders stay with what works to defeat Wildcats

September 25, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Williamsport football team didn't suffer through dj vu on Friday.

It was more like dj few.

Brunswick quarterback Ian Fisher connected with Tyrus Lawson on three consecutive plays -- a trio of quick slant patterns -- for two touchdowns while setting up a third score to lift the Railroaders to a 36-6 victory over the Wildcats.

"Once Brunswick started rolling, it was tough to stop," said Williamsport coach Randy Longnecker. "We were supposed to play it to the inside, and we did, but we didn't react to it. (Lawson) has great speed."

Brunswick (4-0) owned an 8-0 lead after the first quarter. Fisher, who calls the plays up at the line in the Railroaders' spread-style, no-huddle offense, went to Lawson early in the second quarter.

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The Railroaders weighted the formation with triple receivers to the left, with Lawson lined up alone near the right sideline with single coverage. On the snap, Lawson ran three consecutive 10-yard quick cuts to the hash marks before cutting into variations of the play.

First, Fisher hit Lawson on a 27-yard strike on a third-and-15 play for a touchdown.

After a Williamsport fumble, the duo combined for a 19-yard score 1:15 after the first.

The Wildcats (1-3) fought back with a time-draining drive, but were forced to punt. Fisher went to the well one last time, with Lawson making the cut and then breaking it off to the sideline for a 68-yard gain. Fisher ran the ball in from the 8 on the next play.

In the course of four plays and 5:35, the game went from a one-score margin to a 29-0 halftime lead. It also left the Wildcats scratching their heads.

"That's good coaching by (Brunswick coach Patt Foster). He found an opening and kept going to it," Longnecker said. "We had an excellent week of practice. The team was focused and worked hard. It was all out there for us. We left a lot of big plays on the table."

The flurry capped a huge night for both Fisher and Lawson. The quarterback threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns and ran in two more. Lawson caught six passes for 154 yards and the two scores, and he also returned the second half's opening kickoff 79 yards for a third TD.

Fisher gave Brunswick the early lead, running in from the 4 with 1:11 left in the first quarter. Tate Rolland scored the two-point conversion for the 8-0 lead, and later kicked the last four extra points.

Down 36 points with the game entering a running-clock mode, Williamsport got back to its offense and constructed an 11-play scoring drive that forced the game back into regular play.

The drive culminated when Alex Fridley bulled in on a fourth-and-1 for the score with 8:05 remaining.

Brunswick won the yardage battle 235-178, and did it by running 17 less plays.

Reggie Russ led Williamsport with 41 yards rushing on eight carries, while quarterback Tyler Wise hit 6 of 17 passes for 79 yards but was intercepted twice.

"We looked sharp in practice and I came out here expecting a win," Longnecker said. "It's frustrating. We keep shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I tried to challenge them after the game. I challenged them to take responsibility. I told them that I'm the leader and I was taking responsibility for the loss -- I should have prepared them better. But they need to stand up and take individual responsibility."

Brunswick 36, Williamsport 6
Brunswick 8 21 7 0 -- 36
Williamsport 0 0 0 6 -- 6

B -- Ian Fisher 4 run (Tate Rolland run)

B -- Tyrus Lawson 27 pass from Fisher (Rolland kick)

B -- Lawson 19 pass from Fisher (Rolland kick)

B -- Fisher 8 run (Rolland kick)

B -- Lawson 79 kickoff return (Rolland kick)

W -- Alex Fridley 1 run (pass failed)

Brun Will

First downs 9 11

Rushes-yards 20-50 34-99

Passing yards 175 79

Comp-Att-Int 10-15-0 6-18-2

Total offense 35-225 52-178

Punts-avg. 1-41.0 4-30.3

Penalties-yards 7-34 5-42

Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Brunswick, Rolland 8-23, Fisher 7-10, Lawson 2-15, Team 2-(minus 2), Conrad 1-4; Williamsport, Wise 10-6, Russ 9-41, Davis 7-21, Fridley 6-28, Baker 2-5, Ezidimma 1-(minus 2).

PASSING -- Brunswick, Fisher 10-15-0 175; Williamsport, Wise 6-17-2 79, Baker 0-1-0 0.

RECEIVING -- Brunswick, Lawson 6-154, Baker 2-36, Conrad 1-5; Williamsport, Willis 3-62, Russ 3-17.

Records: Brunswick 4-0; Williamsport 1-3.

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