Brunswick visiting Taft in Erickson League football showdown

  • Nicky Henkel (15) of a Brunswick Bruins looks to pass during a diversion opposite a Kent Lions during Brunswick School on Saturday Oct 7, 2017 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Photo: Gregory Vasil / For Hearst Connecticut Media / Connecticut Post Freelance

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Brunswick School remembers all to good what transpired during a final assembly opposite Erickson League football opposition Taft School.

The Bruins hold a 26-14 fourth-quarter lead over a visiting Rhinos with 10 mins remaining, though Taft rallied to lift out a 29-26 win final October. The improved was a initial of a deteriorate for a Bruins during a time and a initial feat for a Rhinos.


Saturday, Brunswick has an event to settle a score, as it visits Taft in a 3 p.m. Erickson League showdown.

“It’s in a behind of their mind, they’ve suspicion about final year’s game,” Bruins manager Jarrett Shine said. “We have mentioned it in flitting during practice. That diversion final year showed us that we always have to put a best feet brazen and play a best. Hopefully, a waves will spin for us this year.”

In Taft, Brunswick is confronting a group that has won dual of a initial 3 games, with a sole detriment entrance final week opposite Trinity-Pawling School (47-37).

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BRUNSWICK (2-1) AT TAFT (2-1)

When/Where?: Taft School in Watertown, 3 p.m.

Player to watch: Brunswick — Senior quarterback Nick Henkel will demeanour to continue his considerable start to a deteriorate for a Bruins. Taft has a lot of distance on a defensive line, so it’s adult to a Bruins’ descent line to strengthen him. When given time, Henkel can means copiousness of problems for any invulnerability he faces.

Player to watch: Taft — The Bruins’ delegate contingency be adult to a charge of covering Rhinos’ receiver Eric Rooks, who is entrance off an 11-reception, 147 yard, dual touchdown diversion opposite Trinity Pawling.


“They have a lot of athletes and a quarterback who can run and throw,” Shine said. “Playing opposite them is always a formidable charge for a defense. I’ve seen them play some large games on offense.”

Junior quarterback Nolan Grooms and receiver Eric Rooks (postgraduate student) are a twin that’s supposing large efforts for a Rhinos. Rooks had 11 receptions for 147 yards and dual touchdown’s in Taft’s detriment to Trinity-Pawling final week, while Grooms has upheld for 337 yards and rushed for 163 by 3 games.

“Our quarterback is a really special player,” Taft manager Tyler Whitley said. “He is dangerous with his arm and using a ball. Rooks is a biggest hazard in a flitting game, we’re really vehement about what we’re saying from him.”

Whitley knows his patrol contingency compare Brunswick’s earthy defense.

“Brunswick is always good coached and they always give good appetite and arrangement good enthusiasm,” Whitley said. “Their guys go sideline to sideline and 90 percent of their players don’t go both ways, so they can concentration on defense. The coverage their delegate provides is always great. Offensively, we need to settle a run and compare their appetite and enthusiasm.”

Brunswick is entrance off a one-sided, 42-0 win over Kent School, a initial shutout given 2015. Junior linebacker Nick Villis and comparison defensive behind Matt Restieri are among a Bruins’ heading tacklers by a opening 3 games.

“As usual, it’s about tackling, tackling, rebellious and we did a improved pursuit of that final week opposite Kent,” Shine said. “We did a improved pursuit of rallying to a round and rebellious low. I’m really unapproachable of how a defensive line played final week and a defensive backs, after carrying a tough diversion opposite Cheshire (Academy). Last week’s opening gave us a small some-more confidence.”

Of course, Taft’s concentration is on a Bruins’ flitting attack, that is guided by comparison vigilance tourist Nick Henkel. Last week’s diversion opposite Kent saw Henkel finish 10 of 16 passes for 135 yards and 4 touchdowns. Junior far-reaching receiver Cornelius Johnson and comparison wideout Sean Amill snared dual touchdown receptions every from Henkel in a winning effort.

“Henkel is one of a best, if not a best quarterbacks in a league,” Whitley said. “Their descent coordinator does a good pursuit of shaping and Johnson has good speed and good size. He’s generally dangerous on low balls. Last year they threw a round about 80 percent of a time on us. So we have to try to stop their flitting diversion and not concede too many large plays.”

The responsibility will be on Brunswick’s descent and defensive line, that contingency contend with Taft’s distance adult front. Senior Johannes Ali (6-7, 330), youth David Brown (6-6, 270), comparison Matthias Elonga Staalsoe (6-3, 295 and comparison Matt Schwartz (6-1, 240) anchor a Rhinos adult front. Senior Alex Jones has powered a using game, gaining 319 yards in 3 games.

“They are large in a trenches, so it is going to come down to physicality,” Shine said. “We feel we can play earthy and use a speed to get to a outward and force those large guys to run and pierce a lot.”

In dual of their 3 games a Bruins using conflict has been effective, with seniors Jack Ocken and Michael Gottlieb paving a way.

“It’s critical for us to measure on that initial drive, that’s what we speak about all a time — environment a tinge of a diversion early,” pronounced Shine, whose Bruins scored on their initial 4 security opposite Kent a week ago.

Said Whitley: “We are both 2-1 and we both have large aspirations this year. We design to do large things in a joining this year. we consider it will be a good matchup.”


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