Brunswick football thumps Hotchkiss School, 40-7

Brunswick School’s Malik Wilder looks to get around the Hotchkiss School defensive line during Saturday night’s game at Cosby Field.  — John Ferris Robben photo

Brunswick School’s Malik Wilder looks to get around the Hotchkiss School defensive line during Saturday night’s game at Cosby Field. — John Ferris Robben photo

The Brunswick School football team scored early and often, but also had a monster evening from its defensive unit to blast Hotchkiss School 40-7 Saturday under the lights at Cosby Field.

“We focused the entire week on playing our best football, whether it was offensively, defensively or on special teams,” Brunswick School head coach Jarrett Shine said. “We returned a kick for a touchdown and that was great to see. We worked really hard on that all week. The guys did a really good job putting pressure on the quarterback and making plays defensively.”

Jason Kennedy finished the game with two rushing touchdowns, while Malik Wilder and Sean Morris each grabbed one touchdown reception.

Helping out the cause was Richard Walston, as he grabbed a kickoff return and bolted 82 yards for the score.

Brunswick quarterback Billy O’Malley was solid on the evening, going 9-for-14 for 171 yards. He also ran the ball for a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

“Billy does a great job helping us manage a game,” Shine said. “He controls the line of scrimmage and knows the right checks to make. He’s just calm and cool in the pocket. If he plays uptight, he’s not going to play very well. If he’s loose and relaxed, he will play very well and he’s the kind of quarterback that we need for this program.”

Keeping O’Malley, as well as the backfield of Kennedy and JD Donahey, happy was Brunswick’s solid offensive line that consists of Peter Godvin, Alex Katchadurian, Matt Gendell, Joe Fervil and Patrick Adamo.

“We always talk about that our offensive line is the best offensive line that we’ve had in a long time,” Shine said. “These guys work together collectively and they do a very good job in opening holes for the running backs and protecting the quarterback.”

While the Brunswick offense was able to find the end zone on numerous occasions, it was the defensive unit that stood out, as the Brunswick forced two turnovers and eight sacks against Hotchkiss quarterback David Parsons.

Brunswick's Rich Walston darts down the field after returning a kickoff for a touchdown during Saturday night's game. — John Ferris Robben photo

Brunswick’s Rich Walston darts down the field after returning a kickoff for a touchdown during Saturday night’s game. — John Ferris Robben photo

Leading the way on defense was the play of Austin Meacham. In the face of the Hotchkiss offense all game, Meacham finished with four sacks.

“This feels great,” Meacham said. “The teammates played great and overall it was a great team effort. Everyone took care of their assignments and I was fortunate enough to make the play. We came off a big game against Taft and carried that over to this.”

With Hotchkiss looking to change momentum, Meacham was there for the sack, throwing Parsons for a loss of seven and 10 yards. Another time with Parsons trying to get his team back in the game, Meacham picked up two more sacks.

“He had an incredible game for us,” Shine said. “He did that last week as well. When we were giving out stickers before the game, we realized he was our leading tackler last week with 10 and was our defensive player of the week last week. Coming off that, he had a tremendous performance again today and I am very proud of him.”

Although the Bruins won the game convincingly, it was still a contest early in the game. The Brunswick defense forced a three and out for Hotchkiss on their first possession, but the Brunswick offense fumbled on its first possession. Stepping up to the plate again, the Brunswick defense forced another three and out.

“I think that helps us being a little more relaxed offensively, knowing we have a great defense behind us,” Shine said. “We are going to go out and put points on the board, but like we always say, offense wins games, defense wins championships. This year I think we have the best defense we’ve had in a while.”

This time the offense was able to capitalize.

On the fourth play from scrimmage, O’Malley handed the ball off to Kennedy, who darted down the Hotchkiss sideline scored on the 36-yard touchdown run.

“I think we preformed really well and took care of business,” Kennedy said. “We did everything that we practiced during the week and came out and did what we needed to do. It was very important to get the fast start. They put up a good game against Salisbury, so we wanted to see what we could do with them. I felt great and the line was doing what they needed to do up front. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Overall, Kennedy carried the ball 19 times and finished with 141 yards.

“Jason has done a tremendous job,” Shine said. “All the running backs were tremendous and the offensive line did some good blocking. Jason makes some moves that make guys miss and he has the speed to break a couple of runs.”

After another series of not picking up a first down for Hotchkiss, Brunswick’s offense got the ball on its 34-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, O’Malley stepped back and with all the time in the world passed to Wilder down the Hotchkiss sideline. He outran the Hotchkiss secondary by 15 yards, caught the ball at the Hotchkiss 30 in stride and sprinted the rest of the way for the 66-yard touchdown and 14-7 lead with 5:53 to play in the first.

Hotchkiss got the ball and only took three plays on its next possession to finally break through and cut the lead to 14-7. Before the score, the Bearcats totaled only nine yards of offense.

In what could have been considered the play of the game, Walston got the kickoff at the Brunswick 18, ran through the defense, dodged two more defenders down the Wick sideline and ran 82 yards for the touchdown and 20-7 lead.

The win helped Brunswick improve to 2-1 on the season.

“We need to build on this,” Shine said. “We need to get better every day. If we continue to play up to our level and continue to get better every day, I think we’ll be in good shape. We are going to be playing a very tough Trinity Pawling team on Saturday and they are big up front. We are going to be in for a challenge, but I think we will be up for it and do alright.”

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