It won't be remembered as North County's most impressive performance this season, but Knights coach Chuck Markiewicz wouldn't exchange the outcome for anything.
The Knights found themselves in a tight game with Broadneck for nearly three quarters last night before taking control and defeating the Bruins, 26-7.
"It's nice to see your team score 27 points when your offense isn't on track," said Markiewicz, whose team finished the regular season at 9-1. "This was the first time this season that we've really floundered. We just couldn't seem to get in sync."
The Bruins' run-and-shoot offense produced the game's first touchdown on Broadneck's second possession. Quarterback Alan Hartman hit running back Chuck Eaton on a shuffle pass 4 yards behind the line of scrimmage and Eaton did the rest, running 84 yards untouched for the score.
Broadneck's defense forced North County to punt after three plays on its next possession, and the Bruins took over at their 12-yard line. Hartman went back to the shuffle play and Broadneck reaped its benefits, as Chris Fullman caught the pass in traffic, broke a tackle and raced 60 yards before being caught from behind by Teon Carter.
The Bruins (6-4) drove to the 1-yard line, but couldn't punch it inand the visitors took over.
North County responded with a drive that went 97 yards on 20 plays but didn't produce a touchdown. The drive was halted at the Bruins' 2-yard line.
After halting Broadneck again, the Knights made sure they weren't stopped on their next possession. Brown scored from 40 yards on the first play of the series to tie the score at 7-7 with 4:50 left in the half.
The two teams put on a punting exhibition for most of the third quarter before North County decided to go to its ground-control game, led by Frank Brown.
The running back broke a 16-yard run to the 2-yard line and then bulled his way in on the next play to put the Knights ahead 13-7 with 3:44 left in the third. Brown finished with 193 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.
Teon Carter's interception helped set-up a 30 yard scoring drive by the Knights that was capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass from Howard to junior split end Kevin Mitchell. Mitchell's one-handed grab over his left shoulder gave North County a 20-7
lead with 11:49 to play.
The Knights got into the end zone one more time when Vinnie Elliott picked off a pass from Hartman and went 70 yards down
the sidelines for the final margin.
North County 0 7 6 13 -- 26
Broadneck .. 7 0 0 0 -- 7