NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio – The Brunswick Blue Devils came into North Royalton on Friday night and showed why their offense has been one of the best in Northeast Ohio to start the 2019 season.
The Blue Devils (2-0) defeated No. 22 North Royalton 49-0 at Gibson Field, their second win over a ranked opponent in as many weeks.
Brunswick scored 42 points in the first half, anchored by a strong running game. Brunswick tallied 390 yards of offense, with 334 coming in the first half. Junior quarterback Jacob Scherette threw three touchdowns and ran for two.
“I think he’s been phenomenal,” Blue Devils coach Mark Pinzone said of Scherette. “He’s absolutely taken major steps just in the past, I would say three or four weeks. The last two weeks when we were scrimmaging and the first two weeks of the season.”
The Blue Devils’ offensive line provided quality pass and run protection. Junior running backs Nicholas Vadini and Quintyn McKinley ran well as they had clear holes to run through. Vadini finished the game with 115 yards and one touchdown.
“They’re animals,” Vadini said of the offensive line. “Those guys, meanest guys you’ll see. Meanest guys you’ll see around, most motivated guys you’ll see. It’s crazy being with them.”
Though the Blue Devils’ offense thrived, their defense was solid as well. Brunswick’s defense forced North Royalton senior quarterback Joey Marousek to throw three interceptions.
With the Blue Devils picking up another win, they’ve shown they can beat good teams. On Aug. 30, Brunswick started its season with a 31-7 win over previously ranked No. 13 Lorain. The Blue Devils went 1-9 last season, so earning these first two wins boosts their confidence.
“Huge momentum going into the season,” Vadini said. “It’s just great, good feeling.”
But as the Blue Devils continue their season, Pinzone doesn’t want them changing anything about their approach to games.
“I expect them to do everything the same, to prepare exactly the same way,” Pinzone said. “So I expect us to do the exact same thing, every day starting tomorrow morning at 8:30. I told the kids the moment we start changing that formula is when we’re in trouble.”
The Blue Devils will play at home Sept. 13 against Rhodes. North Royalton (1-1) will play at home next Friday against Highland.