WILBRAHAM, MASS — An impressive operating sport and tenacious, hard-hitting protection had been the cornerstones of the Brunswick College soccer workforce all fall and the ones two facets surfaced as soon as once more within the squad’s greatest sport of the season Saturday — the NEPSAC Todd Marble Bowl.
Landing runs by way of Jalen Madison and Nick Winegardner set the level for the Bruins to seize the name they’ve been running for all season, then with The Governor’s Academy threatening to tie the sport within the ultimate mins, the protection made one ultimate, vital stand.
Colin Mulshine intercepted a cross from The Governor’s Academy on Brunswick’s 1-yard line past due within the fourth quarter and the Bruins captured their first NEPSAC championship bowl sport since 2015, posting a thrilling 19-12 win at Wilbraham and Monson Academy.
The victory put the final touch on an 8-2 season for the Bruins in trainer Mike Hannigan’s first season as trainer.
“I stated it used to be going to be a fight of attrition and credit score to them, they’re an a very good soccer workforce,” Hannigan stated. “Taking part in as a workforce held us in combination. We knew we had been going to be challenged and we had been. However we endured thru adversity, which confirmed the nature of our workforce.”
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Madison, who completed the season with neatly over 1,000 dashing yards, powered the Bruins floor sport, whilst Winegardner additionally consumed yards at the floor.
“Taking part in right here at Brunswick has been the most productive two years of my existence,” Madison stated. “It feels nice to return out right here these days and get win and seize the name.”
Governor’s Academy completed its season with a report of 7-2.
“But even so the consequences and a few breakdowns, we roughly dictated play, however we simply didn’t make the ones performs we had to make throughout the most important eventualities,” Governor’s trainer Jim O’Leary stated. “What an effort although. To get thru our league, which is hard and get to this bowl way so much.”
The Bruins took the lead for just right at 13-12 past due in 3rd quarter, riding 65 yards in 14 performs. Madison capped the pressure, bursting throughout the left facet untouched for a 9-yard landing run. Winegardner’s key 12-yard final touch to senior large receiver Bernard Zoungrana for a primary down stored the pressure alive.
After Brunswick’s protection pressured a three-and-out at the resulting ownership, the Bruins marched 49 yards in 3 performs to increase its merit. Winegardner ran for 31 yards on an illicit, hanging the ball at Governor’s 18-yard line. Two performs later, Winegardner referred to as his personal quantity and bulled his manner up the center for a 13-yard landing run, hanging the Bruins forward, 19-12, with 7:07 to move within the fourth quarter.
“This victory looks like a end result of what we’ve been running towards for 4 years,” Winegardner stated in his ultimate sport with the Bruins. “To win that is absolute best feeling in my entire existence.”
Governor’s Academy couldn’t have requested for a greater begin to the sport. At the back of the operating of junior Jordan Fuller, they wanted 3 performs to pressure 50 yards for a rating on their opening ownership. Following a 5-yard Brunswick penalty, runs of 6 and 10 yards set Governor’s up at the Bruins’ 39-yard line. The following play, Governor’s senior quarterback Shane O’Leary finished a 29-yard landing cross to junior wideout Peyton O’Leary, giving Governor’s Academy a 6-Zero lead 1:32 into the primary quarter.
After its first pressure of the sport, Governor’s didn’t rating on its ultimate 3 possessions of the outlet part. Brunswick senior defensive again Alex Burdick halted one in every of Governor’s drives with an interception.
“They (Governor’s) are a super workforce, an overly scrappy and bodily workforce,” Burdick stated. “Trainer Hannigan had a masterful sport plan and we simply finished and were given the W.”
A nine-play 85-yard pressure gave the Bruins their first lead of the sport at 7-6. Madison concluded the pressure with a 3-yard run throughout the left facet. His run of 24 yards, Kevonne Wilder’s rush of 15 yards and senior tight finish Will Coen’s 11-yard reception keyed the Bruins’ pressure.
“This win feels wonderful,” Wilder stated. “I’ve been at the workforce for 4 years, as a way to get to this level and win this time is implausible. That used to be one of the dynamic offenses we’ve confronted all season, however our protection in reality held its personal. Our offensive and defensive position had been super.”
The Bruins took a 7-6 lead into halftime, however in short trailed once more when Governor’s Academy scored on its 2d ownership of the second one part.
The O’Leary connection as soon as once more, put issues at the board, as Shane O’Leary threw a 91-yard landing cross to Peyton O’Leary, who stuck the ball on the Bruins’ 40-yard line, then escaped a number of defensive backs on his solution to the tip zone on the 5:27 mark of the 3rd quarter — making it 12-7.
The Bruins stored Governor’s off the scoreboard on its ultimate two possessions, courtesy of defensive lineman Howard Powell and Mulshine (linebacker) and senior linebacker Clayton Ostrover.
“We have now recognized since remaining week, that their offense makes numerous large performs,” Ostrover stated. “No. 1 (Fuller) is a big operating again and they have got a large passing sport. They’d a few large performs on us, however instead of that we had been lovely sound. I’ve by no means gained a bowl sport prior to, so the sensation is overwhelming.”
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Madison completed his Bruins occupation in taste, gaining numerous yards between tackles, whilst additionally operating to the outdoor. Winegardner sparked the offense together with his arm and legs. The offensive line of Miles Walker, Powell, Michael Burton and Bo Faughnan held up neatly in opposition to Governor’s line.
“They had been super at bringing force all day, however trainer (Joe) Early (offensive coordinator) and all our offensive coaches helped us with an amazig sport plan,” Powell stated.
“They (Governor’s) capitalized on just right box place early within the sport and scored on their first pressure, however we had been in a position to climate the typhoon,” Hannigan stated. “I’m inspired with how we treated adversity early within the sport.”