Bruns­wick coasts past Kent

Greenwich Time (Sunday) - - SPORTS - Staff re­ports dfierro@green­wichtime.com

Be­hind sev­eral big of­fen­sive plays and an­other su­perb de­fen­sive show­ing the Bruns­wick School foot­ball team kept its per­fect sea­son go­ing on Sat­ur­day.

Seiz­ing a 21-point firsthalf lead, the Bru­ins coasted to a 29-7 win over host Kent School in an Erick­son League matchup. The vic­tory upped Bruns­wick’s record to 4-0 over­all and 2-0 in Erick­son League play.

The Bru­ins scored early and of­ten, en­abling them to con­trol the ma­jor­ity of the first half. Ju­nior run­ning back Jalen Madi­son put the Bru­ins on the score­board first, reach­ing the end zone on a run of more than 20 yards in the first quar­ter, giv­ing Bruns­wick a 7-0 lead.

Ju­nior quar­ter­back Nick Wine­gard­ner scram­bled for a 15-yard touch­down run in the open­ing quar­ter, putting the Bru­ins in front, 14-0.

The vis­i­tors went ahead by three scores when se­nior wide re­ceiver Cor­nelius John­son scored took a hand­off on a re­verse and dashed more than 30 yard for a touch­down, mak­ing it 21-0 early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“We ac­tu­ally had a sloppy start to the game,” Bru­ins coach Jar­rett Shine said. “We wanted to get off to a fast start, but we al­lowed them to gain con­fi­dence, be­cause we didn’t start as quickly as we wanted to. But big plays helped us score — Jalen had some big runs for us.”

Kent (0-4) closed to within 21-7 when its quar­ter­back scored on a 5-yard touch­down run in the sec­ond quar­ter. Lead­ing 27-7 at half­time, Bruns­wick ex­tended its lead, cour­tesy of Madi­son. Madi­son took Wine­gard­ner’s hand­off and broke loose for a touch­down run of more than 40 yards, giv­ing Bruns­wick a 27-7 ad­van­tage late in the third quar­ter.

In the fourth quar­ter, ju­nior de­fen­sive line­man Howard Pow­ell sacked the Li­ons’ quar­ter­back for a safety, putting Kent in a 29-7 hole. Bruns­wick ju­nior de­fen­sive back Liam Fair­back had his weekly in­ter­cep­tion. Fair­back picked off Kent’s quar­ter­back in the sec­ond half, giv­ing him a team-high six in­ter­cep­tions in only four games. Sev­eral Bru­ins drives were halted by turnovers, as they com­mit­ted three turnovers (three in­ter­cep­tions). Through four games, Bruns­wick has al­lowed only 38 points.

“Our de­fense as a whole played well,” Shine said. “Ev­ery­one con­trib­uted to the win and made plays.”

Up next for Bruns­wick is a Home­com­ing Day game against Erick­son League ri­val Taft School.

“We need to have a good week of prac­tice to pre­pare to play for Taft, which is a very good foot­ball team,” Shine said. “Our guys are ex­cited for our Home­com­ing game.”

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