Late scores help Arundel top stubborn Broadneck No. 8 Wildcats win, 13-3, but victory isn't pretty

September 21, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

After being shut out in the first three quarters by unranked Broadneck last night, the visiting and No. 8-ranked Arundel Wildcats mustered a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter and escaped with a 13-3 victory over their Anne Arundel County nemesis.

Arundel quarterback Eric Lipton, one of the area's premier quarterbacks, had an off night, completing just 9 of 19 passes for 79 yards.

"I hate this place. We always play ugly down here," said Arundel coach Bill Zucco. "We had some new people back tonight and weren't smooth. We weren't in sync. Things just weren't meshing. We should have scored two or three more times."

The Wildcats had opportunities but penalties, dropped passes and an interception helped keep them off the scoreboard for nearly 41 minutes.

"It's tough to win here. We always have bad luck," said Lipton. "Fumbles. Penalties on long plays. Whenever we do something good, there's always something that goes wrong."

Arundel (2-1) drove to the Bruins 6-yard line on its first possession before turning the ball over on downs and the second possession saw a wide receiver drop a pass with no defender in sight.

The Bruins (2-1), who matched last year's win total by opening their season with convincing victories over Old Mill and Glen Burnie, moved the ball 63 yards on their opening drive, following seven straight runs by sophomore running back Martel Threadgill. Broadneck's opening drive ended when Brooks Barnard's 51-yard field goal attempt fell short.

Barnard, who has already booted a 47-yard field goal, found the ZTC uprights from 33 yards away to put the hosts out front, 3-0, with 4: 58 left in the first half.

Barnard missed again from 49 early in the second half and never got another chance.

Leading 6-3 late in the game, Arundel was faced with a crucial fourth-and-one situation at Broadneck's 31. The Wildcats took a gamble and it paid off, as Jason Harrington broke loose off tackle and scampered 68 yards before being run down at the Bruins' 11 by Rashaud Shirley.

Four plays later, Harrington was rewarded with a 1-yard touchdown run.

"I thought we could play with them and we did for the most part but they shut down our running game," said Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick. "I think the defense overall did well. We were prepared. We played them as tough as we could. We came out on the wrong end but I think this game showed that we can play with anybody."

Pub Date: 9/21/96

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