Brunswick is very athletic team

Published 1:49 pm Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Brunswick High School Pirates, the Region 2AAAA opponent the Bainbridge High School Bearcats will play in the first round of the state Class AAAA playoffs Friday at 8 p.m. in Brunswick, run a wide-open offense.

“Brunswick’s offense looks a lot like the offense Americus-Sumter High School runs in our Region 1AAAA,” Bearcats head coach Ed Pilcher said Monday. “They have five or six really good athletes and they like to throw the football.”

The Pirates clinched the Region 2AAAA regular season championship with a 30-29 overtime victory over the Statesboro High School Blue Devils Friday night in Statesboro.

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The Pirates two starting running backs, Harold Small and Josh Coleman, teamed up for a late touchdown and two-point conversion to pull out the victory over the Blue Devils.

Small ran up the middle for the touchdown on the last overtime play from scrimmage, cutting the Blue Devils lead to 19-18.

After two Statesboro time outs, Coleman lined up in the shotgun, took the snap, and ran over the right side and into the end zone for the winning two-point conversion.

For the game, Small rushed for 144 yards on 21 carries, and Coleman rushed for 59 yards.

Quarterback Davis Hoyt, who is a threat running and throwing, makes the Pirates offense go.

Defensively the Pirates use a 3-3 or 3-5 alignment.

“Brunswick has good athletes on both sides of the ball, so we will have to be ready Friday night,” Pilcher said.

“We will prepare well. With the game beginning at 8 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m., more of our fans, who have been great all season, might have a chance to make the trip,” the coach said.