Brunswick football stuns Avon Old Farms on Homecoming, 52-37

Brunswick School's Dyla Wadsworth makes the reception during Saturday's Homecoming game against Avon Old Farms. — Dan Burns photo

Brunswick School’s Dyla Wadsworth makes the reception during Saturday’s Homecoming game against Avon Old Farms. — Dan Burns photo

When it comes to massive victories for the Brunswick School football team, today’s game would have to be close to the top of the list.

Although Avon Old Farms came into the Brunswick’s Homecoming undefeated, the Bruins weren’t intimidated. The team that won only one game last season, threw 52 on the board against Avon and came away with the thrilling 52-37 victory.

“We’ve been playing for this all season and the coaches have been stressing heart,” junior Malik Wilder said. “They stress full practices and to do everything full out. They stress the little things and it showed because we played a great game. We felt awesome. We’ve been down the past couple of years, but it’s great to bring back to the school tradition of winning and pride.”

The victory could possibly be the biggest for the school in several seasons. With the victory, Brunswick upped its record to 5-1 on the season, while Avon Old Farms fell to 5-1. With two games left, if both the Bruins and Avon win out, Brunswick would gain the tiebreaker and play for the conference championship.

“It feels great and I am so proud of the boys,” Brunswick head coach Jarrett Shine said. “We talked about how far we’ve come in the last four years. Believing is half the battle. They have the confidence and they are believing in their abilities. It’s showing on the field. I give a lot of credit to the players and the coaching staff.”

Brunswick junior quarterback Billy O’Malley had a standout game, as the ran for three touchdowns and threw three more touchdowns.

“It was a dogfight the entire game,” O’Malley said. “Avon is a great team and you have to give them all the credit in the world. They battled the entire game, but our team showed a ton of heart out there and really came together. The coaches put us in a great position to be successful and it’s a great feeling. Winning in such a big game, on Homecoming and with a huge crowd cheering you on is great. It means so much to us.”

Although the Bruins were trailing 6-0 nearly two minutes into the game, they responded in a big way. On their second drive, they went nine plays and 83 yards for a touchdown. A 21-yard reception by Charlie Cobb and another 17-yard run by O’Malley highlighted the drive.

Brunswick’s defense stepped up on Avon’s next drive. Facing a fourth down and one on the Brunswick 41, Avon decided to go for it, however the Brunswick defense stayed strong and forced a turnover on downs.

After a 30-yard field goal by Brunswick’s Andrew Basile made the score 10-6, the Bruins exploded onto the scene the rest of the half. After JD Donahey went 19 yards in two plays, O’Malley faked the handoff to Donahey perfectly and ran two yards for the touchdown.

An Avon 28-yard field goal made the score 17-9 with 2:34 to play in the half, but Brunswick came right back as the half was winding down. Wilder started it by having a monster return that gave the Bruins possession of the ball at the Avon 34.

From there, O’Malley drove the Bruins down the field on four plays for the touchdown with 1:09 left in the half. Key plays on the drive were an 11 yard run by O’Malley, a 14-yard completion to Jimmy Knight and a seven-yard touchdown that Cobb caught and dove into the end zone for the score.

Avon came back and scored on their opening drive of the half to cut the deficit to 24-16. On Brunswick’s ensuing possession, they went three and out and punted. However, on the punt, the ball hit an Avon player and Brunswick’s John Hughes alertly scooped up the ball and the Brunswick drive continued.

On the next play, at the Avon 36, O’Malley stepped back and found Henry Taylor in the middle of the end zone, who beat the Avon secondary and connected on the touchdown with 8:35 to play in the third.

“We knew we had to put a lot of points on the board,” Shine said. “We thought it would be a shootout from the very beginning. They have a lot of great athletes and are a great team. We knew that defensively we would have to stop them and they were able to make a couple of big stops.”

It appeared the game was in-hand, but Avon made a statement. On the ensuing kickoff, Connor Kelly caught the ball at the 16 and ran through the Brunswick defense for the 84-yard score. Just like that, it was 31-23.

Although Avon was threatening, Brunswick didn’t back down. Helped by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Avon, the Bruins went nine plays and scored the back-breaking touchdown with 31.1 seconds left in the third. Once again, O’Malley found Taylor in the middle of the field, hit him in mid-stride and Taylor went the the next five yards into the end zone to complete the 29-yard touchdown reception.

Penalties once again hurt Avon. After netting a touchdown to make the score 45-30, they went for the onside kick. The Bruins recovered, but two unsportsmanlike conduct calls helped Brunswick start the drive on the Avon 19.

Three plays later, the Bruins would score. After Donahey ran 14 yards to get the ball on the Avon 5, O’Malley ran the rest of the way on the next play for the touchdown.

“It’s a great victory for us and we’ve come a long way since coming into this league four years ago,” Donahey said. “We are doing really well, so hopefully we can keep it up. Our offensive line was doing a great job today. They were opening up holes and having great blocks. They opened a lot of opportunities for me and I’m grateful for them.”

To read more on the game, including more stats and quotes from players and Shine, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.

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