Broadneck runs over S. River, 31-6 Threadgill's 245 yards prevents repeat of '96 loss

October 26, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Junior running back Martel Threadgill says Broadneck football has two main rules.

The first is to always listen to coach Jeff Herrick.

The second?

"Be relentless," he said.

Threadgill heard his number called 30 times yesterday afternoon against visiting South River. And he was indeed relentless, running for 245 yards and one touchdown to lead the No. 12 Bruins to a comfortable 31-6 victory over the Seahawks at Knight Stadium.

A dominating performance from the Bruins' offensive line opened up plenty of holes for Threadgill, who made sure to add on some extra yardage with good second efforts throughout the afternoon.

Leading 14-6 at the half, the Bruins (7-1) took control with a 13-play, seven-minute drive to start the third quarter -- ending with senior quarterback Jonas Weatherbie finding junior end Lehrman Dotson in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown strike.

Threadgill, who ran the ball eight times during the drive for 32 yards, was rewarded late in the fourth quarter when he got around the right corner for an 11-yard touchdown on his last carry of the day.

"We were running up the middle. The line was coming off the ball well, hitting their blocks. It made it easy for me to find the holes," said Threadgill.

Last season, the Bruins visited South River with the same 6-1 record they had going into this year's game and left with a 21-7 loss. They were never the same in 1996, finishing with two more losses. This season, they made sure it wouldn't happen again.

"We went up there and turned the ball over five times in a row offensively to start the game. South River played well and we had too many turnovers. The wheels came off after that," Herrick said.

"We didn't have to talk about that, the kids knew. We have several players who have played varsity ball for three years and they're really focusing on each and every ballgame. They're showing a lot of maturity."

The Seahawks (3-5) took a 6-0 lead by taking the opening kickoff 80 yards on six plays -- capped by a 61-yard touchdown run from senior John Adams, who finished with 100 yards on 11 carries.

The Bruins were quick to answer, going 86 yards on their first possession with sophomore Laron Colbert running 20 yards on an option to give the Bruins a 7-6 lead after Brook Barnard added the extra point.

With 5: 44 left in the half, Weatherbie closed out another Bruinsdrive with a keeper from 9 yards out to provide a 14-6 lead.

For most of the second half, the Seahawks offense didn't see the ball much with the Bruins sticking with Threadgill on the ground.

"You have to give Broadneck a lot of credit, they won the line of scrimmage," said South River coach Dave Summey. "We just couldn't get the ball back when we needed it."

Old Mill 29, North County 6: Tony Twitty ran for 196 yards on 20 carries and the Patriots (6-2) held the host Knights (2-6) to 143 total yards.

No. 9 Milford Mill 38, Dulaney 0: Richard Johnson completed 10 of 15 passing for 212 yards and three touchdowns to keep the Millers (8-0) undefeated.

No. 10 Woodlawn 52, Dundalk 0: Reggie Danage and Tavon Mason combined for 303 yards rushing and five touchdowns as the host Warriors (7-1) overwhelmed the Owls (1-7).

Pub Date: 10/26/97

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