By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
Kennesaw, Ga. – The Brunswick High football team saw its season come to an end here Friday night as Harrison toppled the Pirates 51-19 in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
Brunswick finishes its 2019 campaign with a 6-6 record after winning only three games all of last season and missing the playoffs. The Pirates advanced to round two with their 34-13 win over Morrow last week. That win was the first in the state playoffs for the Pirates since the 2010 season.
On Friday night, the Pirates put an early scare into the Hoyas as they scored on their first two possessions and held a 13-7 lead in the opening quarter. Sophomore running back Ree Simmons broke off a 44-yard touchdown jaunt just 1:03 into the game for a quick 7-0 lead following the extra-point kick by Kyle Rehberg.
The second-ranked Hoyas also scored a touchdown on their first offensive series, but Brunswick came right back with another touchdown on a 29-yard run by senior quarterback Anthony Mountain to go in front 13-7. Mountain completed a 47-yard pass to Che Foy to advance the ball inside the Harrison 30-yard line.
Brunswick kept that advantage until Harrison went ahead 14-13 with 4:38 remaining until halftime on a 2-yard run by Marcus Bleazard. The Hoyas also got an 8-yard run by Dave Roberts with only 30 seconds left until the break to take a 21-13 advantage into the half.
Harrison took complete charge after halftime, pulling away from the Pirates for the lop-sided final result.
The Hoyas would end up outscoring Brunswick 44-6 over the final three quarters. The Pirates scored in the third period on a throw from K.J. Lee to Amarion Whitfield.
Harrison ended up rushing for 468 yards in the game as Mason Babay led the ground attack with 205 yards
and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
Roberts, the team’s top rusher with just over 1,000 yards on the season coming into the game, would go for 133 yards and also two touchdowns on 15 attempts.
Harrison quarterback Gavin Hall threw a 5-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter.
Harrison also scored on a safety moments later and scored its final touchdown with just under eight minutes left on the clock.
The Hoyas are now headed back to the quarterfinals for the second time in three years. They lost at Glynn Academy two years ago when their current senior players were sophomores. Harrison is set to host Houston County next week.