Brunswick High’s football team looked dominant in their final tuneup of the season Friday against Beach High School, winning 33-7.
The Pirates got on the scoreboard in the second possession of the scrimmage, driving 48 yards to score on a touchdown pass thrown from KJ Lee to Che Foy for an early 7-0 lead.
After trading possessions several times, Brunswick got back on the scoreboard on its first possession of the second quarter. Foy’s 12-yard run gave the Pirates a 13-0 lead after a missed extra point attempt.
A bad Beach punt on the next possession gave the Pirates good field possession on the Beach 45-yard line. It took five plays, capped with a 9-yard touchdown run by Jaylen Trimmings, to increase the lead to 20-0.
Brunswick added another touchdown to start the first Pirates drive of the second half, scoring on a 22-yard run by Lee to make the score 26-0.
Foy scored another touchdown on the next Brunswick possession, running eight yards to give the Pirates a 33-0 lead.
Beach got on the scoreboard late in the third quarter on a four-play, 70-yard drive for a final score of 33-7. The junior varsity squads from both teams played in the fourth quarter.
After the game, Brunswick coach Sean Pender said he was pleased with parts of the game, but the team still has “a long way to go.”
“We’re still making a lot of mistakes. Right now, we’ve got a long way to go to be a good team,” he told players after the game.
Pender said his young team needs to learn to play for each other and not worry about personal statistics.
The team suffered a possible setback at the quarterback position when Anthony Mountain injured a knee that will need an MRI to determine the extent of damage, Pender said. Mountain was only in the game for one series and didn’t throw a pass but he gained 44 yards on three carries before the injury.
“That means I’ve got to get another backup ready,” Pender said. “I have to remember KJ is a sophomore. He’d making better decisions every day.”
Lee completed 12 of 20 passes for 173 yards, but his numbers would have been better if his receivers hadn’t dropped some very catchable balls.
“K.J. overall did well,” Pender said. “There were lots of drops. His receivers have to help him out better.”
The running game was strong, with Lee gaining 79 yards on five carries, including two rushing touchdowns and another TD pass. Trimmings gained 77 yards on 10 carries, Foy ran for 44 yards on three carries and two touchdowns, and Chuckobe Hill gained 55 yards on five carries.
Defensively, Pender said his team played well.
“We made some good adjustments,” he said.
Despite the special teams not playing, Pender said the scrimmage helped him learn more about his players despite the lopsided score.
“We need to get accustomed to sustained drives,” he said. “Our conditioning needs to be better. There will be lots of growing pains this year.”
The Pirates open their season next week on the road when they travel to Douglas to face Coffee High.