The opening game of the 2020 season did not go well for the Brunswick High Pirates who fell 31-10 to Pierce County in Blackshear.
The Bears reeled off 31 straight points after Brunswick recorded an early safety to kick off what could be a big 2020 season in Bearville with a rousing victory.
Pierce is ranked No. 8 in the state in Class AAA after going undefeated in the regular season a second straight year last fall before losing in the second round of the state playoffs. Back in 2019, the Bears won their first 13 games before losing to eventual state champion Cedar Grove in the semifinals.
The Pirates are hoping to build off the momentum they gained last season when they won their opening-round playoff game at Morrow in Class AAAAAA before losing in round two at Harrison which went on to claim the state crown. To do that, the Pirates will have to overcome a disappointing opening night.
Brunswick and Pierce were not originally scheduled to play in the opening game. But with both teams losing their first opponents which decided to delay the start of their seasons because of concerns related to Covid-19, the two programs agreed to face off on the first Friday of the pandemic season.
The game marked the return of BHS coach Sean Pender to Pierce where he previously coached before taking the job with the Pirates prior to the 2017 season.
Friday’s contest got away from the Pirates, however, after junior running back Chuckobe Hill left the game in the first half with a knee injury. His playing status for the rest of the season is uncertain according to those associated with the program. Hill, who ran for more than 1,000 yards last season, carried six times Friday for 59 yards before forced out of action.
Pierce kicked a field goal to take the lead early in the second quarter and scored its first touchdown late in the stanza on a 24-yard run by senior quarterback Jermaine Brewton who is a four-year starter.
BHS couldn’t stop Brewton and the Bears after halftime. Brewton threw two third-quarter touchdown passes which covered 83 and 8 yards before Lj Newton added a short TD run to make it 31-2 with just under five minutes left in the game.
The Pirates scored their only touchdown with 1:19 left on a 14-yard pass from senior quarterback KJ Lee to senior wideout Tyrease Jones. Ree Simmons ran for the two-point conversion.
The Bears finished with 358 yards as they ran for 170 and passed for 188. Brewton delivered a solid performance as he finished 10-for-13 passing for all of the team’s passing yards while also running seven times for 51 yards.
DJ Bell led all rushers with 81 yards on 14 attempts for the home squad.
The Pirates ended the night with 190 net yards. They struggled through the air with nine completions in 21 attempts for 67 yards. Brunswick ran for 123 yards in the game as Hill’s 59 yards led the team. Simmons rushed for 51 yards on 13 carries as the primary ballcarrier in Hill’s absence.
Brunswick will play at home for the first time next Friday when McIntosh County Academy comes back to Glynn County Stadium a second straight week. The Buccaneers lost 33-7 to Glynn Academy at the local stadium on Friday.