Lions Roll Over Brunswick 61-0, Get to 8-0 On the Season
by Joey Thompson
photos by Nicole Cregger
Over the course of a football season there is no doubt that some games are more exciting or competitive than others. While last week’s matchup against Oakdale was a great game between the two best teams in the county, this week’s game was a one-sided blowout that was never in doubt. Walkersville won handily, beating Brunswick by a score of 61-0.
At the start of the game it was obvious that the Lions were way too much for the young, winless Brunswick squad to handle. On the second offensive play of the game quarterback Billy Gant completed a pass to senior tight end Kyle Daggett, who jogged in for a touchdown. Daggett caught the pass around the 15 yard line and easily shook off two tackles to walk into the endzone. On the next play, Brunswick junior quarterback Kadin Roberts and junior running back Alex Varner had trouble with a handoff and the ensuing fumble was recovered by Walkersville. One the second play of the next drive junior Jacob Wetzel took a handoff and strolled into the end zone from 21 yards out. He may as well have been jogging. It was 14-0 and just over one minute into the game. Gant said, “We went in, and everyone did exactly what they were supposed to do. We just played our assignments and dominated in every way we could.”
The game went like this for awhile. Brunswick would gain nothing, punt, and soon a Walkersville player was in the endzone. The Lions scored nine touchdowns in this game and all nine were scored by different players. Daggett, Wetzel, junior Ty Littleton and seniors Jake Parson, Jaxon Harris and Chad Gleason all had touchdowns in the first quarter, with Gleason getting a pick six to make it 42-0 at the end of the first quarter.
After the first quarter the Lions had mostly pulled their starters, instead opting to give their reserves some opportunities. Senior CJ Barndollar got a handoff and outran the whole Brunswick defense, scoring a touchdown from 70 yards away. After yet another Walkersville stop sophomore Alonzo Hoes scored his first touchdown of the year, taking a pitch and getting it to the corner of the endzone with ease. Junior student Quinn McHood said, “I think that this game is good practice. Everyone on the team is getting reps and it’s going to be good for them later. Shoutout to my boy Jake Parson for scoring a touchdown.”
With a 55-0 lead at halftime the teams agreed to shorten the quarters to 8 minutes in addition to the running clock. With the game in garbage time both teams tried to run out the clock, though Walkersville managed to get one last touchdown when senior offensive lineman Cody Huffer ran into the end zone from three yards out.
The defense shut down Brunswick all night. Wetzel, Gleason and junior Cameron Tyeryar all had interceptions and junior Camden Krenzer recorded a sack. The running backs were met behind the line of scrimmage all day and Roberts was given no time to throw by the defensive line. It was yet another dominant defensive performance for a defense that gives up only 2.6 points per game.
Because of how inexperienced Brunswick is this game does not really tell us much about this team, though past results have made it clear that these Lions are among the very best teams in the state. That said, it still was a good opportunity for guys to get touches to prove their value. Talking about senior Kimani Veira, sophomore Carter High said, “Biz was great tonight. He had two solid tackles.”
With the win Walkersville moved to 8-0 on the season. They have only two games left until the playoffs and will travel to Frederick High School next week to play the Cadets. It should be another easy contest, as Frederick is 1-7 and has only beaten Brunswick.