An Annapolis victory over Broadneck in football is coming close to being a sure thing.
Senior running back Shawn Taylor rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns, and the 12th-ranked Panthers remained unscathed against Broadneck with a 35-20 win last night in Annapolis.
The Panthers improved their record against Broadneck to 6-0, and their overall mark this season to 3-1.
The Bruins (2-2) had won two straight since losing to South River, 20-7, in the season opener. But the passing aspect of their run-and-shoot offense bogged down in the rain, and their only way of advancing the ball consistently was through the running of senior Chuck Eaton (159 yards).
Eaton scored on a 2-yard run to give Broadneck (2-2) a short-lived 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Annapolis countered with four consecutive scoring drives, the first three capped by a Taylor touchdown. Junior Ken Boyd scored from 1 yard out, and a conversion pass from Juan Johnson to Orlando Downs gave Annapolis a 28-6 halftime lead.
"I didn't think I'd have such a good game because of the rain," said Taylor, who did most of his damage on quick traps. "The offensive line just blocked real nice."
"Our execution was outstanding," Annapolis coach Roy Brown said of the line. "That's been the strong point of our team this year. They came off the ball."
Broadneck quarterback Alan Hartman entered the game as the second-leading passer in Anne Arundel County with 507 yards. He completed his first three attempts, but finished just 9 of 24 for a season-low 77 yards and one touchdown.
Broadneck's first touchdown was set up by a Todd Bramble fumble recovery on the Annapolis 15-yard line. Two carries by Eaton moved Broadneck in front, but little else went right for the visitors.
Taylor gained 64 yards on Annapolis' first scoring drive, and his 45-yard run set up the next touchdown. Interceptions by Shawn Cook and Johnson led to Annapolis' next two scores, and with the rain picking up in intensity, put the game out of reach.
"I'd rather have played on a dry field," Brown said. "I thought our overall team speed was greater than theirs, and I thought the rain would be a neutralizer."
Broadneck closed the gap in the second half with a 4-yard scoring run by Hartman and a 21-yard touchdown pass from Hartman to Jason Hull.