It’s been almost two years since Brunswick High School, as well as the rest of the public schools across the state, enjoyed a full fall sports schedule.
With the COVID-19 pandemic pretty-much shutting everything down from mid-March, 2020 to February of this year, there were limited sports to speak of, if any.
Now, with schools reopened, safety protocols in place, Brunswick High School athletes, students, faculty and parents are looking forward to the full resumption of athletic events. The BHS fall sports schedule gets into high gear on Friday night at 7 p.m. when the Railroader varsity football team hosts the South Cavaliers in the season-opener.
This will be the first football meeting between these two schools. Since Brunswick is playing an independent schedule, the Railroaders won’t be locked into any type of a league slate.
Brunswick comes right back with another home game on Friday, Sept. 10, when it hosts the Thomas Johnson Patriots, then goes on the road at Boonsboro on Friday, Sept. 17, with a game against the always-tough rivalry game against the Warriors.
Brunswick will play a nine-game schedule, as does the rest of the public schools across the state. The slate was reduced to nine games two years ago when the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association expanded the post-season playoffs from 16 teams per classification to 32 per classification.
On Saturday, Sept. 4, a long-standing cross country tradition returns to BHS, with the resumption of the annual Lee and Anne Zumbach Invitational at 9 a.m. The long-running event features 19 teams, and some of the best cross country talent the region has to offer.
Heading into next week, Brunswick’s golf team, which has already begun its season, plays in a multi-team match on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Holly Hills Country Club in Ijamsville. The Railroaders’ junior varsity football team plays at TJ the same day at 6 p.m.
Brunswick’s field hockey team opens its season with a home game at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, against Catoctin. The BHS boys soccer team hosts North Hagerstown, beginning with the JV match at 5:30 p.m.
Also, on Thursday, Sept. 9, in the BHS gymnasium, the Railroaders host Clear Spring. Brunswick’s girls’ soccer team plays at North Hagerstown in a varsity-only match (6 p.m.) on Thursday, Sept. 9