Some days, no matter how much planning is done and how much is said, it's better to be lucky than good. Ask North County's Reggie Moore.
Moore recovered a fumble and picked off a pass in the end zone, both within the final six minutes, to give North County (8-2, 7-2) a 20-16 win over Broadneck, a tie for first place in Anne Arundel County's 4A league with Severna Park and Old Mill, and its first ever trip to the Class 4A state playoffs.
"What can I say?" said Moore. "I was just in the right place at the right time. Now, we've been invited to the party and North County will be ready."
Anthony Walker led the Knights with 144 yards on 18 carries, and David Macauley led Broadneck (5-5, 4-5) with 51 on 13 carries.
With the Bruins driving for the go-ahead touchdown, Macauley carried to the North County 5, but lost control of the ball. Moore fell on it 2 yards in the end zone to keep the lead with 6:23 left.
The Knights moved the ball to their own 38, but a bad snap on a punt gave the Bruins a first down at the 16. Two plays later, Broadneck quarterback Mike Strohman threw for the end zone, but Moore was there again.
Broadneck took advantage of a costly mistake by the Knights in the first quarter when Scott Bruso took the ball away from North County quarterback Eric Howard at the Broadneck 12. The Bruins strung together a nine-play drive, capped by quarterback Mike Strohman's 1-yard run, to take a 7-0 lead.
North County answered early in the second quarter. After fielding a Broadneck punt at the 40, Walker needed only one play, a 60-yard run down the North County sideline, to tie the game at 7.
The Bruins pieced together a 64-yard drive just before the half, ending with Greg Jackson's 30-yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead at the half.
The Knights took the lead on the first possession of the second half. After taking over at their own 39, North County quarterback Eric Howard found Troy Ross in the end zone from 32 yards out to run the lead to 14-10.
Macauley gave Broadneck the lead on the next kickoff, going 78 yards down the middle of the field to make it 16-14.
North County's Howard scored the final touchdown on a 1-yard run with 3:52 left in the third quarter.