RYE, N.Y. -- All week long the Brunswick School football team prepared for a strong running attack from the motion backfield of Rye Country Day School. Yet nothing could have prepared RCDS for the offensive attack that the Bruins brought from the opening whistle.
Brunswick put together a complete team effort to rain on the parade of the Wildcats' homecoming with an impressive 28-10 road victory.
For Brunswick coach Jarrett Shine, the dominating win was simply a byproduct of the time his team put in to practice -- and the execution of an aggressive game plan on both sides of the ball.
"We were well prepared for this game," Shine said. "We knew this would be a hard-fought game and I was proud of how we played. We knew that our running game needed some work coming in and it was important that we establish the run in order to set up the pass."
That is precisely what the Bruins did as they fed the ball to junior running back Sam MacFarlane early and often to the tune of 41 yards on the opening drive. The impact was exactly what their coach had hoped for as RCDS stacked the box and Brunswick senior quarterback Jimmy Craft got the single coverage on his receivers he desired.
The Bruins' signal-caller completed three straight passes to fellow co-captain Brett Moscati, highlighted by a perfect 33-yard strike down the right sideline to set up a 1-yard quarterback sneak to give the visitors an early lead.
"Today the defense did a great job of containing the big plays from their offense," Craft said following his 166-yard performance. "It was a tough week of preparing in the rain but as an offense we made all the right plays when we needed to."
It seemed that the air of confidence that RCDS and their fans had coming into the game was silenced in a matter of three minutes, and the Bruins were determined not to let up on the pressure one bit.
The defense for Brunswick (2-3) knew they were up against a potent running game so they attacked the line of scrimmage with force throughout the game, keeping the Wildcat offense out of the end zone through two quarters of play and not allowing a single passing yard.
The aggressive defense also caused two of their five turnovers in the second quarter and gave the offense ample opportunity to pad the lead -- which they did on short touchdown runs by MacFarlane and Craft to give the Bruins a 21-3 advantage at the half.
"We've always been able to put points on the board all year," Craft said. "But I have to say it was definitely fun to watch the defense play as well as they did. Whenever you create more turnovers than the opposition it gives you a great chance to win and we took advantage of the chances our defense gave us."
The second half proved to be a mirror image of the first as the Bruins dominated the time of possession and started to take to the air more as Craft added to his two rushing touchdowns by finding co-captain Phil Pierce down the seam of the Wildcat defense for a 27-yard touchdown which proved to be the final Brunswick score of the afternoon.
"Our running game forced Rye to play the run hard and that gave us a lot of wide open looks as receivers," Pierce said following his game-high 98 receiving yards. "Rye thought they could beat us and since it was their homecoming they were pumped up when the game began. I think we took the air out of them and their crowd early."
The Wildcats' lone touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard pass from Brian Glazewski to Chris Seter. TJ Sarda's 31-yard field goal accounted for the RCDS points in the first half.
The Bruins are now looking to put together a similar performance in their homecoming when they host rival St. Luke's School Saturday.
"Today wasn't a perfect game for us in terms of the four turnovers we had but those are issues we'll correct before homecoming," Pierce said.
"I think we are all looking forward to the game against St. Luke's because it's always personal when we face them. One thing is for sure, we'll be ready."
Brunswick 28, RCDS 10
BRUNSWICK 9 12 7 0 -- 28
RCDS 0 3 0 7 --10
B -- Jimmy Craft 1 run (kick failed)
B -- Alex Marcus 26 field goal
B -- Sam MacFarlane 2 run (run failed)
B -- Craft 1 run (kick failed)
RCDS -- TJ Sarda 31 field goal.
B -- Phil Pierce 27 pass from Craft (Marcus kick)
R -- Chris Seter 10 pass from Brian Glazewski (Sarda kick)
Records: B 2-3; RCDS 3-2.