By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
Albany, Ga. – A Brunswick High team that sputtered out of the gate to start the 2019 season is all of a sudden on a midseason roll.
The Pirates came here Friday night and stormed past the Monroe Tornadoes, rolling to a 42-0 victory at Hugh Mills Stadium.
The win was the third in four games and second in a row for Sean Pender’s Pirates who started the season 0-2 with losses to solid Coffee and Bartram Trail (Fla.) teams.
The Pirates (3-3) whipped McIntosh County Academy at home three weeks ago before losing big at unbeaten Camden County which also decked Glynn Academy on Friday night. Last week, Brunswick won at New Hampstead and this week waltzed past Monroe for the second consecutive season, making the long trip here from the Georgia coast worthwhile.
The Pirates pounded the Tornadoes 42-6 last season at Glynn County Stadium in the only other meeting between the teams.
This year, Monroe (3-4) didn’t score as the Pirates posted their second shutout of the season. Brunswick blanked McIntosh 34-0 when it toppled the Buccaneers back on Sept. 13.
The Pirates got to work immediately on offense in this one as they motored 69 yards to open the game and scored on a 10-yard run by sophomore running back Chuckobe Hill.
Hill would score again on Brunswick’s next series on a 3-yard run to cap a drive that began at the Monroe 45-yard line.
Up 14-0, the Pirates hit paydirt twice more before the end of the first quarter.
The Tornadoes fumbled the kickoff following Brunswick’s second score and the Pirates recovered the ball at the Monroe 4-yard line, leading to a 3-yard TD run by senior quarterback Anthony Mountain.
Following a Monroe punt, the Pirates got the ball at their own 28 and quickly struck for another score on a 69-yard pass from Mountain to Che Foy that gave the Pirates a commanding 28-0 cushion going to the second quarter.
The Pirates added another TD late in the second period for a 35-0 advantage at the half. This score came on an 18-yard run by Hill which was his third TD run in the opening two periods. Hill finished the game with 90 yards rushing on just 10 carries.
Brunswick scored its final TD on its first possession of the third quarter when the Pirates ate up almost four minutes of game clock and scored on an 18-yard pass from KJ Lee to Foy that blinked the scoreboard to the 42-0 final score.
The second half went pretty fast as it was played with a running clock under the 30-point mercy rule.
The Pirates finished the game with balanced stats as they ran for 212 yards and passed for 206 to finish with 418 total yards.
Brunswick will be on the road next week at Richmond Hill for the Region 2-AAAAAA opener for both teams.