Surry High School took a 16-14 lead to the halftime break and then held on in the second half to earn a 30-28 win over Brunswick HS on homecoming night in Lawrenceville.
The win improved the Cougars to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the Tri-Rivers District while the Bulldogs fell to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the district.
Brunswick was coming off of a two week pause due to COVID-19 contact tracing in the program and had only two days of practice before the contest on Friday.
“I am not making any excuses,” Brunswick Coach Darrell Owens said after the game. “We got off to a slow start and they got off to a fast start. They are athletic and they made some big plays. We also had some penalties at the wrong time.”
The Bulldogs actually got off to a quick start to open the game when quarterback Troy Duncan hit Jaheim Hicks with a bomb for a 65-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage to give Brunswick a 6-0 lead just 14 seconds into the contest.
Surry took advantage of excellent field position on their first possession after a short Bulldogs kick allowed them to take over at the Brunswick 36-yard line.
A 26-yard scamper by quarterback Anthony Tynes gave the Cougars a first and goal but the Brunswick defense came up with a big stop on fourth down when Avian Ricks recovered a fumble at the 2-yard line.
Two plays later, Duncan was caught in the endzone and Surry recovered the fumble for a touchdown. A 2-point conversion run gave the Cougars an 8-6 lead at the 8:31 mark of the opening quarter.
The Bulldogs was unable to convert on a fourth-and-7 on their next series of downs and Surry took over at the Brunswick 45-yard line.
A 36-yard pass completion from Tynes gave the Cougars a first and goal at the Brunswick 5-yard line and the Surry quarterback punched it in from 2-yards out and added a 2-point conversion run for a 16-6 lead at the 4:38 mark of the first quarter.
Following a Brunswick punt, the Bulldogs JaMari Anderson came up with a fumble recovery on the final play of the opening quarter.
After both teams exchanged punts, Brunswick put together a good drive, picking up first downs on big runs by Zyear Puryear and Hicks. Duncan scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. A 2-point conversion run by Puryear trimmed the Cougars lead to 16-14 with 4:03 left in the second quarter.
Surry drove down inside of the Brunswick redzone on their next possession but the Bulldogs defense held on fourth down.
The Cougars took a 16-14 lead to the halftime break.
Surry received the second half kickoff and took over near midfield.
A 26-yard pass completion by Tynes moved the Cougars inside of the Brunswick 10-yard line and the Cougars’ quarterback scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for a 22-14 lead at the 8:16 mark of the third quarter.
The Bulldogs came up with a fumble recovery midway through the quarter and a 20-yard run by Hicks moved Brunswick into Surry territory. A 9-yard pass completion from Duncan to Jakel Edmonds advanced the Bulldogs into the Surry redzone and Puryear scored on a 3-yard touchdown run at the 11:17 mark of the fourth quarter. A 2-point conversion run by Puryear knotted the score at 22.
After a good return on the ensuing kickoff, Surry took possession near midfield and a 41-yard pass completion gave the Cougars a first and goal from the 3-yard line. Two plays later, Tynes found a receiver on a 3-yard touchdown pass. Surry converted the 2-point conversion run for a 30-22 lead with 9:03 left to play.
Brunswick did not quit and got big runs from Hicks and Duncan to move into Surry territory. The Bulldogs went to the air and Duncan’s pass to Edmonds was tipped into the air and right into the hands of Joseph Green who took it into the endzone for a 28-yard touchdown reception. The Surry defense stopped Brunswick on the 2-point conversion run to cling to a 30-28 lead with 5:28 left to play.
Avian Ricks came up with a strip and fumble recovery for the Bulldogs on Surry’s next play from scrimmage to give possession of the ball back to the home team.
The Cougars defense came up with a sack to back Brunswick up with the clock running and the Bulldogs were unable to convert on fourth and long. The Cougars then ran two plays from scrimmage to run out the clock on the 30-28 victory.
Duncan led the Brunswick ground game with 76 yards and a score on 14 carries while completing 8 of 20 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Hicks added 73 yards on the ground and caught two passes for 67 yards and a score and Pruyear added 63 yards and a touchdown on 15 rushes.
On the Road
The Bulldogs will travel to play Windsor HS on Friday night. Windsor fell to 0-4 on the season following a 45-0 loss to Franklin.
First Downs…………………16 10
Passing yds………………....134 119
Brunswick Rushing – Duncan 14-76, Puryear 15-63, Hicks 10-73, Tucker 1-(-5). Passing – Duncan, 8-20-0-134. Tucker 0-1-0-0. Receiving – Hicks 2-67, Edmonds 2-18, Puryear 1-9, Green 1-28, Moore 1-0.