FAIRFIELD – Brunswick had something most opponents never have at Lawrence’s Keyes Field: a winning streak.

The Dragons beat the Bulldogs in the playoffs each of the past two years at Keyes. But Friday night, Lawrence snapped that losing streak with its best defensive effort of the season.

Lawrence forced a Brunswick fumble on the first play of the game and didn’t allow a drive of more than six plays until the fourth quarter. That was enough to give the Bulldogs a 10-7 win in an Eastern Class A game.

“We knew their fullback would run the ball a lot. Our linebackers stepped up, and our D-line had a heck of a game,” said Lawrence defensive end Jake Doolan, who was in on two sacks.

Lawrence (8-0) clinched home field throughout the playoffs. Brunswick is 6-2 and in a three-way tie for second place with Messalonskee and Bangor.

“Definitely, (we) had that edge tonight,” Lawrence Coach John Hersom said. “The other thing we kind of wanted to hold on to was our home turf. We thought that would be very important, to hold on to that advantage and go into the playoffs with that home turf.”

Lawrence’s Robbie Liberty recovered a Keith Kitchens fumble on the first play of the game at the Dragons’ 25. The Bulldogs moved the ball to the 5-yard line, and freshman Chad Martin booted a 22-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 8:27 left in the first quarter.

After a Brunswick three-and-out, Lawrence’s Aaron LaFrance returned the punt 55 yards to the 5. Two plays later, Shaun Carroll scored on a 1-yard run, and Lawrence had a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

Throughout the first half, the Lawrence defense was dominant. Brunswick had just one first down in the half and went into the locker room with six yards of offense. Quarterback Jason Carter dropped back to pass four times in the first half, and three times he was sacked.

“They brought a lot of pressure in the first half, and we haven’t faced pressure like that all season long. We were shell-shocked. It took us a half to collect ourselves,” Brunswick Coach Dan Cooper said.

“We couldn’t block them. They were moving around a lot and making things very difficult for us.”

Brunswick’s one sustained drive began with 11:41 left in the game. Starting at their own 8, the Dragons went 92 yards in 19 plays. The drive was kept alive when the Bulldogs muffed a punt at the Brunswick 36. Carter scored on a 1-yard keeper with 2:07 left to cut Lawrence’s lead to 10-7, but the Dragons used 9:34 and all of their timeouts.

Spencer Carey recovered the ensuing onside kick, and the Bulldogs ran out the final 2:07.