SPRINGFIELD — Desmond House ran for 144 yards, two touchdowns and four two-point conversions to lead Effingham County to an easier-than-expected 45-14 victory over Brunswick on Senior Night at Rebel Field.
The Rebels (5-3, 1-1 Region 2-6A) took advantage of three Pirate turnovers and had a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by Dawson Stone.
Quarterback Jerid Stokes completed 7-of-9 passes for 88 yards and two scores. Stokes also scored on a quarterback sneak.
Randy Scott and Necos Gadson caught Stokes’ TD passes in the second half when ECHS outscored Brunswick 31-8.
Quarterback Anthony Mountain led the Pirates with a touchdown run and a touchdown pass.
Brunswick (3-5, 0-2) outgained the Rebels 284-261 but almost all of the game-changing big plays went Effingham’s way.
Turnovers and penalties sputtered Brunswick’s offense and gave the Rebels a much-needed boost in the first half.
The Pirates’ third straight turnover — an interception by Julian LeGrande — set up the Rebels at the BHS’ 9 in the final minute of the first quarter.
Four plays later, on fourth-and-1, Stokes sneaked ahead for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead.
Twenty-six penalties yards on Brunswick’s next possession led to a punt. Scott returned the kick 37 yards to the Pirates’ 32 and the Rebels gained another 15 on a personal foul on the play to start at the 17.
Four plays later, House scored from the 3 and a two-point conversion made it 14-0.
Led by backup quarterback Mountain, Brunswick answered just before half. He had 53 rushing and 31 passing yards during a 9-play, 80-yard drive (BHS had a 5-yard penalty) that was culminated on Kyle Patterson’s 19-yard TD catch.
But the Rebels dominated the second half. Five House runs netted all 50 yards and an ECHS score.
House’s two-point conversion made it 22-6.
Brunswick elected to punt on its next possession despite reaching the 50, but Ezekiel Wall pushed a blocker into the punter, blocking the punt and Dawson Stone scooped and scored to make it 29-6, and it was all Effingham County the rest of the way.