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Brunswick Faces Challenging Start; Surprise Region Champ Must Replace Key Skill Players on Offense

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brunswick Faces Challenging Start; Surprise Region Champ Must Replace Key Skill Players on Offense

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Byline: MIKE MORRISON

BRUNSWICK - Brunswick High faces a tough opponent in its opener Saturday night.

Defending state AAAA champion Tucker comes to town, but Brunswick coach Victor Floyd doesn't fear the perennially-powerful Tigers.

His Pirates opened last season - his first at the school - against the same foe.

And while the Pirates lost 26-12, they demonstrated that they would be a force to be reckoned with in Region 2-AAAA. They went on to post a 9-3 record, win the region crown and reach the second round of the state playoffs.

"We like starting out with tough opponents," Floyd said as the new season rapidly approached. "It helps you get prepared for region play."

Floyd installed the spread offense upon his arrival in Brunswick, which the Pirates ran effectively.

But the spark plugs of last year's unit are gone, including quarterback Davis Hoyt, running back Harold Small and wide receivers Darius Slay and Wesley Smith. Hoyt passed for nearly 2,000 yards, Small ran for 1,500 and 20 touchdowns, and Smith and Slay each had 40-plus receptions.

While he lost those four starters, Floyd points out that the other seven return.

"We only lost four out of 11, so we have more than half back," he said.

The same goes for the Pirates' 3-5 defense, which also brings back seven starters.

Floyd acknowledges the skill of the departed players, but doesn't dwell on it.

"We don't have to replace them," he said. "We have to replace their production. We can do that. We'll be fine."

Junior Chris Anderson will open up at quarterback.

"He's had some great practices," Floyd said, "and we're pretty excited about him."

Another Small has stepped up at running back, Harold's brother, Jarvis, a sophomore.

"He's very comparable to his older brother," Floyd said.

Senior Josh Coleman heads up a strong group of receivers. Coleman saw some action at quarterback last year, as well as wide receiver. …

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