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BA Vikings suffer loss to Broadwater

SoVaNow.com / September 29, 2021
After a promising start to the 2021 Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association football season, the Brunswick Academy Vikings have suffered a pair of losses and dropped to 3-2. The latest loss came at the hands of Broadwater Academy Friday night in Lawrenceville. The Vikings fell to Broadwater, 38-12.

Brunswick opened the season 3-0 with wins over Chincoteague, Richmond Christian and Community Christian before falling to Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot

With a roster full of underclassmen Brunswick co-head coaches Bubba Weidman and Dwayne Farmer have gotten the best out of their players this season, but with sophomores at several key positions Broadwater’s size and experience proved to be too much for Brunswick to handle.

After the two teams traded possessions to open the game, Brunswick was able to draw first blood when sophomore QB Shaun Powell put the ball into the end zone on a QB keeper from one yard out. The 2-point conversion failed and Brunswick led 6-0 with 3:17 left in the first.

After a sustained drive of 56 yards, Broadwater took an 8-6 lead on fourth and goal with a TD and successful 2-point conversion.

The teams battled back and forth throughout the rest of the second quarter and then disaster struck Brunswick with just 7.7 seconds left in the half. With the Vikings in possession with first and 10 at their own 25-yard line, S. Powell dropped back to pass and lofted a pretty spiral deep into the backfield. Unfortunately it fell into the arms of a Broadwater defensive back who scampered though the Brunswick line for a 45-yard touchdown return. The 2-point conversion was good and Broadwater took a 16-6 lead into halftime.

Broadwater scored on their first possession of the second half after a series of running plays featuring W. Petka and S. Johnson. It looked as though the drive would stall when Broadwater was called for intentional grounding, but on fourth and 10, Petka hit S. Johnson for a 24-yard pass to the Brunswick 5-yard line and then L. Hickman scored on the next play.

Another big play resulted in a Broadwater score when Petka took the ball 50 yards to to the house on a draw play and Brunswick found themselves trailing 32-6 with 11:04 left in the fourth quarter.

Brunswick added six points to their total when sophomore RB Jerry Powell slipped in from the 1-yard line with 8:21 left in the game. The 2-point conversion failed and trailing 32-12, that would mark the end of scoring by the Vikings.

Broadwater added six points with 7:30 left to play when senior running back J. Etheridge took a pitchout and rumbled 50 yards for a score .

With the loss Brunswick fell to 3-2 on the season. Things don’t get any easier next week for the Vikings as they travel to Blackstone to battle the always-tough 5-0 Kenston Forest Kavaliers.





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