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Brunswick drops 31-20 decision to football rival Trinity-Pawling

November 6, 2016 GMT

PAWLING, N.Y. — Brunswick School kept pace with Trinity-Pawling School for the majority of Saturday’s night’s Erickson League football showdown, but the blazing speed of Pride quarterback Brandon Harris and running back Ra’Mahn Davis, coupled with the power of running back Dakota Harvey proved to be just too much to handle as the game progressed.

The talented trio propelled their team to yet another victory and the Erickson League championship.

Davis ran for two touchdowns, one of which was an 85-yard dash and Harvey added a touchdown run for Trinity-Pawling in its well-earned 31-20 victory over visiting Brunswick under the lights.

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With the win, Trinity-Pawling improved to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the Erickson League with one regular season game remaining. Brunswick is 6-2 overall and 4-2 in league play, with a matchup against Williston Northampton left. While the Pride clinched a berth into a NEPSAC championship bowl game with the win, the Bruins need a victory in their final game of the season to have a chance to qualify for the postseason.

“These are the games you live for — under the lights with a chance to compete for the league title,” said Brunswick quarterback Nick Henkel, who passed for 215 yards. “Hats off to them, they played a great game.”

Said Bruins coach Jarrett Shine: “We knew it was going to be a battle and it was. I’m proud of how we stood up to a great, physical team like that. Now we have to regroup, have a good week of practice and get ready to play Williston.”

After Brunswick’s opening drive stalled at the Pride 40-yard line, it didn’t take long for the home team to take the lead. Harris handed the ball off to Davis, who took off on a sweep to the right, cut his way toward the middle of the field and sprinted to the end zone for an 85-yard touchdown. Brandon Lombardo added the extra point, making it 7-0 wit 8:25 to go in the first quarter.

Davis’ great speed was difficult for the Bruins’ defense to contend with, which has been the case for every team the Pride has faced this season. However, Davis entered the game ranked third on the team in rushing yards behind Harvey and Harris.

“Number seven (Davis) surprised us a little bit,” Shine said. “We expected number five (Harvey) and six (Harris) to be the guys for them offensively, but seven took it to us a little bit.”

Said Trinity-Pawling coach Nicholas LaFontaine: “It seemed like the way they were lined up on defense they wanted to take Harvey away from us, so we went to Davis. It’s nice to have two or three guys coming out of the backfield. They really complement each other well.”

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The Bruins drove 55 yards in 10 plays for their first score. Junior wide receiver Sean Amill capped the drive, catching a 9-yard scoring strike from Henkel, who bought time by scrambling to his right. Brunswick elected to go for a two-point conversion, following a penalty on the extra point attempt and the Pride held them out of the end zone, keeping them in front, 7-6, with 1:27 left in the first quarter.

A 22-yard run up the middle by the 240-pound Harvey put the ball on the Bruins’ 3-yard line on the ensuing possession. The speedy Davis took it from there, running into the end zone to give Trinity a 14-6 second-quarter lead.

Amill also scored the Bruins’ second touchdown hauling in a 3-yard pass from a scrambling Henkel with 4:17 left in the second quarter, cutting the Pride’s advantage to 14-12.

“It was an extended play and just continued along with Nick when he scrambled to the right,” Amill said. “It was a battle out there, every single play. Give Trinity-Pawling credit, they made the plays and we didn’t play our best game, they played theirs. We have to bounce back next week and keep playing.”

A 22-yard field goal as time expired gave Trinity a 17-12 halftime edge, but Brunswick went on a time-consuming 65-yard march to take the lead in the third quarter. Junior tight end Harrison Caponiti sealed the drive by catching a 6-yard touchdown pass from Henkel.

Sophomore wideout Cornelius Johnson then made an impressive diving reception on the two-point conversion attempt, putting the Bruins on top, 20-17, with 5:15 remaining in the third quarter. The score marked one of the few times the Pride has trailed this season.

However, Trinity-Pawling wasn’t behind for too long. Davis’ spectacular 67-yard run, in which he changed directions and ran across the field, gave the home team the ball at the Bruins’ 5-yard line. The next play, Harvey scored on a sweep to the right, making it 24-20 with 3:18 left in the third quarter.

The Pride extended their lead when Harris threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Camrham Tillman at the 8:26 mark of the fourth quarter, putting the Bruins behind 31-20.

Meanwhile, the Bruins had their chances to come back, but the Pride’s defense stiffened once Brunswick got inside thei 30-yard line.

“We moved the ball up and down the field, we just couldn’t finish our drives today,” Henkel said. “We had very few three-and-outs, we just didn’t make the plays when we needed to. But we showed we can compete with them and we showed a lot of heart.”

NOTES: Senior defensive lineman Antonio Rogliano registered a sack and had several tackles resulting in lost yardage for Brunswick. ... Senior linebacker John Fox was in on numerous tackles for the Bruins. ... Henkel took several big hits, but stood tall in the pocket all night. ... Jaydin Knight received the bulk of the carries out of the backfield for the Bruins.

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TRINITY-PAWLING 31, BRUNSWICK 30

BRUNSWICK 6 6 8 0 — 20

TRINITY-PAWLING 7 10 7 7 — 31

TP — Davis 85 run (Lombardo kick)

B — Amill 9 pass from Henkel (run failed)

TP — Davis 3 run (Lombardo kick)

B — Amill 3 pass (pass failed)

TP — Lombardo 22-yard field goal

B — Caponiti 6 pass from Henkel (Johnson pass from Henkel)

TP — Harvey 5 run (Lombardo kick)

TP — Tillman 29 pass from Harris (Lombardo kick)

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