By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
How does that old saying go?
It’s not how you start, but how you finish?
Well, let’s just say Brunswick finished way better than South Effingham and the result was a whopping 38-6 rout over the Mustangs at the Coral in Guyton.
The victory was the third in a row for the Pirates who improve to 4-2 for the season while going to 2-0 in Region 2-AAAAAA.
South Effingham, meantime, fell to 0-5 and 0-2 in region games.
The Mustangs entered Friday’s game having only scored 27 points in their previous games combined. They would score on the opening drive of the game, however. It was just that it took the Mustangs a long time to get to the Brunswick end zone.
South Effingham, operating from a single-wing look, hoping to shorten the game while playing keep away from the Pirates. The Mustangs’ strategy worked on their first offensive series with the Mustangs also using their backup quarterback because their usual starter was injured the previous week.
The Mustangs maintained possession for all 12 minutes of the first quarter and would score just second into the second period to grab a early 6-0. The point-after failed.
Brunswick, though, could not be stopped. The Pirates answered with a touchdown on their first possession with KJ Lee hitting Tyrease Jones – heroes for the Pirates just last Friday against Glynn – on a 29-yard screen pass that gave BHS the lead after the PAT.
The Pirates forced South Effingham punts on its next two drives, and BHS would score on its next two series to go in front for good. Chuckobe Hill, who returned last week for the first time since leaving he opening game at Pierce County, put the Pirates in front with a 2-yard run. Kyle Rehberg pushed the Pirates’ lead to 17-6 before halftime with a field goal from 26 yards.
Brunswick received the second-half kickoff and immediately got a big play from that senior quarterback-receiver combination. Lee hooked up with Jones to cover 86 yards with a scoring pass that extended the lead to 24-6 following the extra-point kick.
Also in the third, Ree Simmons scored from three yards away to give the Pirates a 31-6 lead going in the fourth.
The Pirates got a 9-yard scoring run by backup quarterback Jeffery Waye in the last quarter to punctuate the road win.
Brunswick returns home to face off with Statesboro next Friday.