Erickson Football Recap: Brunswick and Salisbury Remain Undefeated, Avon Continues to Stumble, and More

Only two undefeated teams remain in Brunswick and Salisbury as both teams picked up wins over tricky opponents. The wins set the stage for a huge matchup next week at Salisbury for potentially the league title. Here’s how this week’s action played out:

Salisbury (4-0) 34 – 14 Kent (3-2)

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Salisbury continued their winning ways with a dominant performance over Kent. To say that Salisbury’s running back, Tylor Cook ’16 had a good game would be a massive understatement. Cook put up video-game esque numbers on Kent’s defense: 5 touchdowns and 223 yards on 24 carries. That amounts to a beyond-impressive 9.3 yards per carry, and 58% of Salisbury’s total yardage.

This game was not an anomaly for Cook, as he has had an incredible season so far, amassing 15 total TDs and 726 yards. With a kick return touchdown as well from the Knights they ran away with it.

Salisbury’s defense did not budge either, allowing Kent only 17 yards rushing all game. They look to continue this dominance in a marquee matchup against Brunswick, and Kent has a bye this week.

Brunswick (5-0) 26 – 15 Trinity-Pawling (2-2)

On Brunswick’s homecoming weekend, a thrilling game was in store. Lead by a potent offensive attack, the Bruins were able to maintain long drives throughout. ‘Wick’s quarterback, Nick Henkel ’18, went 15-20 for 224 yards and 4 TDs. Kieran Dowley ’17 was his primary target. Dowley finished the day with 7 receptions for 128 yards and 2 TDs.

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At the start of the game, ‘Wick struggled to find an answer for the Pride’s option style offense. On the second play from scrimmage T-P scored on a 61 yard run by their QB, Brandon Harris ’17.  In the opening half it gave Bruinswick’s defense troubles, but the Bruins still managed to hold onto a 12-9 advantage.

In the 2nd half, Brunswick took a long drive down to the Pride’s 20 yard line. However, the Pride were able to make a stop on their 20 yard line, leading to a 12 play 76 yard scoring drive. However that was T-P’s last touchdown on the day and the ‘Wick scored 2 more times to seal the victory and to stay undefeated.

Brunswick moves on to play a highly anticipated game against undefeated juggernaut Salisbury, and T-P will take on Taft.

Hotchkiss (1-3) 29 – AOF (0-4)

The first half of Avon’s season was a complete nightmare. The defending Erickson League champs came into this contest with the hopes of ending their slide, but their struggles continued. Hotchkiss, meanwhile, got their first win of the season.

Avon continued their trend of offensive struggles with 4 total turnovers (3 INT and 1 fumble). The Winged Beavers managed to mount a comeback in the dying minutes of the game, trailing by 7 with one last drive. Their offense finally showed its true potential, as QB Jesse Walsh ’18 found receivers Jimmy Littlefield ’17, Kyle Anderson ’17, and running back, Nick Orekoya ’16 for multiple completed passes.

It came down to one shot at the end-zone with the ball on the 31. Walsh hurled the ball up, intending to find PG wide receiver Mark Michaud, but it was tipped up and snatched out of the air by the Bearcats’ David Parsons ’17 as the clock expired.

Hotchkiss looks to continue their momentum against T-P and Avon looks to put their first game in the win column against another winless team, Taft.