Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wild OT Victory for Brunswick; Pirates Blow Lead, Then Take Advantge of Beach Fumble in Final Minute

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wild OT Victory for Brunswick; Pirates Blow Lead, Then Take Advantge of Beach Fumble in Final Minute

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Byline: MIKE MORRISON, Times-Union correspondent

BRUNSWICK -- Brunswick High kept its playoff hopes alive with a 33-27 overtime win over Beach High of Savannah Friday night.

The Pirates blew a 14-point lead, and missed an extra point in the final seconds, yet still found a way to win for second-year coach Maurice Freeman.

Beach scored twice in a 4-minute span to tie the game at 21 early in the fourth quarter, then claimed the lead with under two minutes left on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback James Steadman. Willis Ware's extra-point kick was blocked, but Beach still led 27-21.

When Brunswick (5-3) couldn't move on its next possession, it appeared Beach (7-2) had the game locked away.

All Beach had to do was run out the clock. A handoff to Robert McCray gained 13 yards, but the ball popped loose and was recovered by Brunswick's Keon Perry at the Pirates' 33 with 49 seconds left.

"I was shocked that they didn't take a knee," Freeman said. …

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