Brunswick football team falls to Kent in thriller, 40-39

The Brunswick School football team gains some yardage during last night's game against Kent School. — Avery Belicka photo

The Brunswick School football team gains some yardage during last night’s game against Kent School. — Avery Belicka photo

It was a wild finish to a highly-entertaining football game at Cosby Field.

During Brunswick School’s season-opener against Kent School, the Bruins were trailing by seven when quarterback Billy O’Malley found Henry Taylor in the back corner of the end zone with 1:14 to play in the game. Instead of going for the tie, Brunswick School head coach Jarrett Shine didn’t even flinch when he sent his offense back on the field for the two-point conversion attempt.

However, the Bruins weren’t able to tack on any more points, as O’Malley just missed hitting receiver Charlie Cobb in the end zone and Brunswick fell 40-39 to the Lions under the lights at Cosby Field.

“We didn’t connect on that pass,” Shine said. “I think it was a gutsy call going for two. I felt like we had to go for two because our field goal unit wasn’t working the way I was hoping they would. We had to go for two.”

Trailing 40-33, Brunswick used its stellar running game and timely passing to produce a 13-play, 66-yard drive that ended with Taylor’s fourth touchdown reception of the game.

“I am proud of our guys for hanging in there,” Kent head coach Todd Marble said. “I give Brunswick all the credit in the world. They played their heart’s out and had a great game plan. They are well-coached and their kids played hard. Frankly, we were on our heels almost the entire game.”

Henry finished the game with touchdown receptions of 32 yards, 12 yards and two seven-yard scores. The duo of Cobb and Malik Wilder each added touchdown receptions for the Bruins.

“At the beginning of the season, we talked about our players having heart and giving us 100%,” Shine said. “There is no doubt in my mind that our players gave 100% tonight. They fought hard throughout the entire game. I told them to keep their head’s high and focus on the next game.”

With the loss, Brunswick fell to 0-1 on the season while the Lions improved to 1-0.

To read much more on the game, including more stats, quotes and photos, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.

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