Broadneck's defense, one of the best around, had No. 16 Severna Park's number last night in the first half. Severna Park's defense, though, dominated the second half, recording three turnovers that helped the Falcons to a 21-9 victory in an Anne Arundel County 4A League contest.
John Novak had two interceptions to lead the Falcons (5-3, 5-2) on defense, as the Falcons kept their league title hopes alive.
John Jennings led Severna Park on offense, rushing for 64 yards on 12 carries. Broadneck's David McCauley led all rushers with 133 yards on 21 carries.
"We couldn't get anything started [in the first half]," said Severna Park coach Andy Borland. "We shut their quick trap down in the second half and forced them to go inside, and it was hard for them to generate any offense."
Broadneck (4-4, 4-3) held the Falcons to 59 yards in the first half, all of it in the air, but Severna Park responded with a balanced attack led by Jennings in the second half.
Broadneck took the lead after a long drive on its first possession. The Falcons appeared to have stopped the Bruins on third-and-four at the Severna Park 30, but a 15-yard face-mask penalty took the ball to the 15. The Bruins moved it 2 yards from there before settling for a field goal by Greg Jackson to take a 3-0 lead.
The Severna Park offense finally got on track midway through the second quarter. After an offsides penalty brought up third-and-21 at the Falcons' 29, quarterback Tim Bowerman found Travis Koballa alone on the sideline for a 59-yard completion to the Broadneck 12. John Jennings carried the ball in from 5 yards out two plays later to give the Falcons a 7-3 lead that lasted through the rest of the half.
The Falcons came to life in the third quarter. A Broadneck fumble gave the Falcons the ball at the Bruins' 27, and Severna Park needed just four plays to extend its lead. After a personal foul penalty moved the ball to the 12, Jennings took it in on the next play to give Severna Park a 14-3 lead.
After the ensuing kickoff, John Novak intercepted a third-down pass by Bruin quarterback at the 30 and returned it 26 yards to Broadneck's 4. Gerald Cager's run on the next play made it 21-3 late in the third quarter.
Broadneck scored its final touchdown with less than a minute left on Strohman's 1-yard run.