BRUNSWICK — Wylan Harich got some good news from his doctor recently.
The thumb on his right hand, broken in a preseason scrimmage, has completely healed. In fact, Harich said his right thumb is actually stronger than his left thumb now.
So with all 10 digits on both hands healthy again, Brunswick’s starting junior quarterback returned to the lineup last week in a big win.
He didn’t hold anything back on Friday, either, spearheading Brunswick’s 36-0 shutout of Smithsburg in the Railroaders’ homecoming game.
“I broke my thumb two weeks before the first game of the season. That was pretty frustrating,” Harich, a transfer student from St. John’s Catholic Prep, said. “My right thumb feels pretty good now.”
In Friday’s win, Harich had Brunswick feeling pretty good, too. He directed a multi-threat offense, scoring two rushing touchdowns and passing for two more.
“Wylan brings a lot to the table,” Railroaders running back Josh Pratt said. “We did a lot of different things tonight. We ran a two-back offense, did some trapping, some misdirection. Wylan does a good job of pulling the ball in when he runs the ball. It adds a new dimension on offense for us.”
Harich’s running netted 57 yards on nine carries. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.
“Wylan is a student of the game,” Brunswick coach Jerry Smith said. “He wants to succeed. He trains. He works out with the weights. He wants to make himself better, but we don’t just key on one guy for our success. We have a lot of different pieces.”
The Railroaders (4-3) scored on their first three possessions, taking command early. Brunswick recovered a Smithsburg fumble and the Leopards’ 36-yard line, needing just three plays to score. A 24-yard run by Pratt put the ball on the Smithsburg 1. On the next play, Harich pulled the ball in on a fake, cut right and scored with 10 minutes, 4 seconds to go in the first quarter.
“That was a great read of the defense on Wylan’s part,” Smith said. “That was also where he scored with just 10 men on the field. We were without a right tackle on that play, but Wylan still took it in.”
Timmy Cole’s 2-point conversion run gave the Railroaders an 8-0 lead.
Brunswick’s defense forced a three-and-out on the Leopards’ next possession. Husoi Inthalasy capped a seven-play, 56-yard march for the Railroaders with a 1-yard TD run. Trevor Barnhouse added the extra-point kick. Harich added another 1-yard scoring run with 2:30 left in the quarter, with an Aidan Rosenberg 2-point conversion run giving Brunswick a 23-0 lead.
Harich closed out the Railroaders’ first-half scoring when he threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Michael Souders with 1:06 to go before the break.
Harich’s 5-yard TD strike to Eston Connor put the game into running time in the third quarter.
“We’re starting to click now,” Smith said. “But we’ve got Middletown coming up next week, so we have to fine-tune every detail of our game in practice next week. We had a good effort tonight from everyone.”
Brunswick had 262 yards in total offense, 167 yards rushing, 95 passing. Smithsburg had 111 yards rushing, 56 yards passing.