The Brunswick High School varsity football team celebrates with the Ole Wooden Bucket after topping Greensville HS 34-28 in Emporia on Thursday night. (Mark Matthews)

Greensville County marched 46 yards in 10 plays late in the fourth quarter but when quarterback Jayden White was stopped three yards short of the end zone on fourth and goal with four seconds left, the Brunswick HS varsity football team had earned a stunning 34-28 victory in the annual “Ole Wooden Bucket” rivalry game.

It was the first district loss for Tri-Rivers District champion Greensville (7-3, 6-1) while Brunswick improved to 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the district. More importantly the victory earned Brunswick the No. 8 seed for this week’s VHSL 2A regional playoffs where they will meet top-seeded Thomas Jefferson HS.

"We made too many mental mistakes," Eagles coach Doc Walton said. "The better team won tonight. They came prepared to play. They executed and we didn't. It happens."

Brunswick coach Darrell Owens said his squad played well even after a slow start. “We played well,” he said. “The tough losses to Sussex-Central and Southampton prepared us for Thursday night. It was a total team effort.”

With its ground game stifled for most of the night, the Bulldogs put the offense in the control of quarterback Troy Duncan. The sophomore did not disappoint.

After Greensville took the lead 28-26 with an 85-yard kickoff return by Zykeem Fields with 8:56 left in the game, followed by a Kendel Blue 2-point conversion run, the ensuing Brunswick drive stalled with a three and out. The Bulldogs came through defensively, forcing an Eagles punt and took over at the 50 with 3:19 left in the game.

A pass interference call against Greensville moved the ball to the 35. Duncan threw an incomplete pass, followed by a 35-yard scoring strike to John Hicks with 2:23 left in the game. It was Duncan's fifth touchdown pass of the night.

To read the entire article pick up the Nov. 13, 2019 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.