In what is the longest football rivalry in Brunswick High School history, the Railroaders’ football team snapped an eight-year losing streak to the Boonsboro Warriors last Friday, holding off the Warriors on their home field, 21-13.
The win gives Brunswick a 2-1 record.
This football rivalry dates all the way back to 1968 — Brunswick’s first year of football. In that game, played on Oct. 19, 1968, Boonsboro took an early lead, going on to a 26-12.
The last time the Railroaders defeated the Warriors was back in 2012. Under former coach Patt Foster, Brunswick shocked Boonsboro at Boonsboro in the Class 1A West semifinals. The Railroaders would go on pull another shocker the following week in Cumberland at Greenway Avenue Stadium, when they upset the always-powerful Fort Hill Sentinels, 46-42, to win the regional championship.
Brunswick’s defense was stellar against Boonsboro (1-2) last Friday. The Railroaders intercepted four Warrior passes.
Isaac Herbert, a defensive back, had the biggest interception for Brunswick, picking off a Boonsboro pass and returning it 100 yards for a touchdown. It was one of two interceptions Herbert had on the night.
Michael Souders and Tony Rakowski had the other two interceptions for the Railroaders.
Ethan Houck and JT Harich each scored a touchdown for Brunswick. Both were rushing plays and were good for five yards each.
Sam Verosto kicked an extra point for the Railroaders. Harich added a 2-point conversion.
Boonsboro tried one final drive to try and get back in the game with time running out, but the Railroaders’ defense held, stalling the Warriors’ drive inside Brunswick’s 25-yard line.
The Railroaders will face a new opponent this Friday, when it hosts Rock Ridge High School, of Ashburn, Virginia, at 7 p.m. The Phoenix currently has a record of 0-4. It’s most recent loss was to Loudoun County, 56-6, last week.
Brunswick shut out Clear Spring last Friday, 7-0.
Ryley Backer had a pair of goals for the Railroaders. Katie Kean, Carina Morley, Allison George, Alexa Domathoti and Eliana Harris each had one goal. Emily Mohler, Domathoti, Jada Powell and Morley.
Brunswick will host Walkersville on Thursday, beginning with the junior varsity match, at 5:30 p.m.
COACHING CHANGES AT BHS
There are two new faces when it comes to head varsity coaches at Brunswick High School.
Tony Russo, longtime District 2 Little League administrator, has been named the new softball coach. He takes over for Kevan Rabat, who helped guide the Railroaders to their first regional championship in 2019.
In boys’ basketball, Larry Brown, who coached the Railroaders’ girls’ basketball team in last year’s abbreviated schedule, moves over into that spot. He takes over for longtime BHS boys basketball coach Dan “Duck” McLane, who stepped down after 15 years at the helm.