Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brunswick Wants to Alter Pattern

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brunswick Wants to Alter Pattern

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Brunswick coach John Willis thinks his Region 3-AAAA (B)

champion Pirates are overdue in the playoffs against teams from

Region 1-AAAA.

But he's not quite sure that his game tonight at home against

Colquitt County, the No. 4 team in 1-AAAA, is his chance to

break the pattern in which the Pirates lost 40-13 last year to

Valdosta.

"We're glad to be in it, and it looks like one of these years,

we're going to beat a team from 1-AAAA," Willis said. "But this

team doesn't look to me like a 6-5 team."

That's what the Packers from Moultrie are after last week's

17-12 win over Region 4-AAAA champion LaGrange.

But the Pirates were shutting down an 8-2 Macon Central team

12-0, and Willis has said all year that his defense has been a

strength of this Brunswick team. Unlike in many past seasons,

when the Pirates could always score but had trouble stopping

their opponents.

"We've had five shutouts, but we could have had seven or eight

except that we wanted to play our younger kids in games that

were blowouts," said the Brunswick coach, whose team has

outscored its opponents 372-52 this year.

"We certainly haven't played anybody this year that has scored

60 points in two games (both 60-0 victories over sub-region

opponents Effingham County and Savannah Windsor Forest) and has

only given up eight touchdowns," Colquitt coach Jim Hughes said.

"They've definitely got a lot of athletic ability on defense,

and they have a lot of people around the football all the time."

The Packers have played a common opponent, however. Colquitt

beat 1-AAAA foe Coffee 42-20 two weeks ago. The Pirates beat the

Trojans 21-7 on Sept. 19, a week after their only loss, 18-12 to

Class A power Charlton County on the road.

Willis thinks his defense, which is led by 6-foot-1, 195 senior

middle linebacker Jemar Jones with 98 total tackles and four

interceptions, must hstop Times-Union Super 11 quarterback

Reggie Stancil.

The 6-1, 205-pound senior hit on 10-of-20 passes for 148 yards

and a touchdown in last week's win over LaGrange, and has 1,568

yards and 13 TDs for the year.

"The biggest thing for us is going to be putting a lot of

people around the ball," Willis said. "Reggie can throw it, but

we hope we can get some people in position to make some

interceptions. We've been really good this year in getting

people to the ball."

The Pirates, as usual, have all sorts of offensive weapons.

Senior running back Bill Arnette, a Super 11 pick, is one of the

leading rushers in South Georgia. The 5-10, 175-pound breakaway

threat rushed for 106 yards in 17 carries in last week's win

over Central and has 1,248 yards and a 7.1-yard average for the

season.

Reshard Lee, a 5-10, 185pound quarterback who's one of three

outstanding sophomores on the Brunswick offense, has 775 yards

and eight TDs passing and has rushed for 474 and 14 scores. …

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