Brunswick Shines in Homecoming 40-14 Victory Over Salisbury
For Jarrett Shine and his Bruins, Saturday’s 40-14 homecoming win over Salisbury was a year in the making after falling to the Crimson Knights on their own homecoming match last year.
Brunswick used an efficient second half and cashed in on both defensive and special teams touchdowns in the all-around team effort. For Coach Shine, the motivation to bounce back after a loss to Taft last week, plus the revenge factor against Salisbury, was enough to make a statement victory in front of a proud Bruin crowd.
“They beat us pretty well on their home turf during their homecoming last year,” said Coach Shine, citing the 62-27 loss. “All year long, we said we cannot lose on our home turf to those guys.”
As light rain came down throughout the afternoon, it wasn’t the Bruins who scored first in their own stomping grounds, rather it was the workhorse running back of Salisbury, Anthony Sims, who scored on a 15-yard run to start the scoring. His 43 carries was the primary source of the Knights’ offense through a slippery atmosphere.
The Knights would attempt and make a 40-yard field goal, but accepting the roughing the kicker penalty would put give them another life and another field goal opportunity from 26-yards out. Instead, it was the Bruin kick block unit who stuffed the kick and getting just the right bounce.
David Macguillvray took the ball up the left sideline and lateraled it back to his teammate, Cam Kelly, who took it the rest of the distance for a Brunswick touchdown. In total, a 91-yard field goal block return gave the Bruins an instant spark as they went into the half down by one after a missed two-point conversion (an unsportsmanlike penalty was called after the score).
As the wind picked up along with the rain in the third quarter, so did the Bruin offense led by junior quarterback Nick Henkel.
After three consecutive passes to Kieran Dowley, a 20-yard pass from Henkel to Jack Montinaro put Brunswick ahead 13-7.
The Bruins would get the ball back on a successful onside kick, but Henkel would make one of very few mistakes on the day by throwing an interception on the next play.
The Knights would respond on the ground with a 5-yard run by Sims, but it would be the end of their scoring output on the day.
A 27-yard kick return by Jaydin Knight set up the Bruins at midfield to begin their next drive. Montinaro would be the recipient of a third-down conversion and a subsequent 22-yard catch. Henkel would then throw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Cam Kelly for his second passing score on the day.
Brunswick’s defense would play their role as well on Saturday afternoon, as Salisbury’s next drive would be halted by a forced fumble. The bounce would go Brunswick’s way and ended up in Will Kolman’s hands, who took it back to the house for a score, putting the Bruins up 27-14.
With a solid lead, Henkel went to the air again in the fourth quarter by adding his third and fourth touchdown passes of the game; a 37-yard pass to Cornelius Johnson and a 22-yard pass to Sean Morris.
The junior quarterback went 16-for-28 with 196 passing yards. Four touchdown passes to go with one interception made for a pumped up Henkel following the game.
“A lot of us have been waiting 365 days to play this game,” said Henkel. “We know what they did to us last year, and it sat with us for a whole year. We were able to put the tough loss to Taft behind us.”
Peter Wise, offensive lineman for the Bruins, said the win was symbolic of a team flipping the script on a tough loss the year prior.
“They beat us so badly last year,” said Wise. “I never forgot that. We really came together after the loss to Taft. We have that feeling that we can bounce back and be a great team. This is such a great feeling.”
Jaydin Knight had eight carries for 23 yards. Kieran Dowley led all receivers with 5 catches to go with 32 yards. Cornelius Johnson had 49 yards through the air as a receiver.
“We came together as a family and we accomplished our goal,” said Shine following the win.
Brunswick will hit the road to play Avon Old Farms next week (10/29) before playing Trinity-Pawling the week after on the road (11/5).