Before Saturday's game, Broadneck's football team had not lost a homecoming contest since the school opened in 1983.
But Annapolis, the Bruins' opponent, had never lost to Broadneck in that time.
Something had to give, and the Bruins (1-4) finally did as the Panthers (2-3) capitalized on two of four Broadneck turnovers to win, 14-6.
"This was a big win for us," second-year Annapolis coach Roy Brown said as he walked off the field after the game. His defending county 4A League and Region IV champions have struggled, with losses to Old Mill, Prince George's County's Friendly and Baltimore County's Randallstown. Another loss would have matched last year's total.
"We know that (chances for) the playoffs are out of our hands," said Brown, whose Panthers still must face Severna Park, last year's 4A League runner-up with Old Mill. "We're still in it. There are a lot of good teams out there, so there's no lock on the county title in this league."
The Panther offense, which had scored just 13 points in its previous games, produced only 113 yards -- all on the ground -- using eight different rushers against the Bruins.
Broadneck held Annapolis to just 38 first-half yards. Panther quarterback Darryl Foote (0-for-7) tossed two interceptions and was sacked twice for 13 yards.
The Panthers' defense got things rolling, putting Annapolis on the board first, with 7:48 remaining in the first quarter.
Broadneck quarterback Josh Horner pitched the ball on an option play, but the trail runner dropped it in the backfield. Annapolis' Craig Carrington scooped the ball in mid-stride at the 20-yard line and sprinted untouched for the score.
Foote's two-point conversion pass to Shawn Cole made it 8-0.
On a similar botched pitch play with Annapolis ahead, 8-6, in the fourth quarter, Annapolis' Carlos Evans recovered a fumble at the Broadneck 26-yard line.
That set up a five-play drive capped by junior Mario Dominick's 11-yard touchdown run. Dominick was the Panthers' top rusher for the day, with 64 yards on eight carries.
Foote's extra point attempt failed and the Panthers led, 14-6, with 9:05 left in the game.
"When we scored the second touchdown, we got pumped up," Dominick said after the game. "We knew our defense could hold up for the rest of the game."
"We'd break down on defense in our other games," said Evans, who also had a third-quarter interception. "But today we put together a whole game."
Broadneck, on the other hand, didn't. As in losses to South River, Meade (both by 7-6 scores) and Arundel (22-7), the Bruins were sacked by turnovers and penalties (five for 55 yards).
"We played our hearts out today, but we keep losing the close ones," said Broadneck's senior fullback David Taylor (60 yards, 14 carries). "We practice hard, we play hard and we know we can beat any team in this league. But for some reason, we just keep losing the close ones."
Taylor's 3-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds left in the first quarter ended a six-play, 55-yard drive and cut Annapolis' lead to 8-6.
Horner initiated that drive with consecutive carries of 22 and 19 yards.
Neither team could muster much offense in the first half, as the Bruins fumbled twice deep in their own territory and the Panthers threw an interception at the Bruins 20-yard line.
The Bruins had 68 yards in the first half, including 26 yards from Horner (five carries), 21 yards from sophomore Jeremy Ogas (six carries) and 17 yards from Taylor (seven carries).
"We had early leads against every team we played but this one," second-year Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick said. "We've got a great group, and we can beat every team we've played so far. The mistakes are just a part of the game, but controlling them is the key. If I can find a way to do that, I'll be a millionaire."