FRIENDLY -- Two plays, early on. The visiting Broadneck Bruins didn't know what hit them last night in Prince George's County.
First, it was Friendly junior running back Bobby Lane scrambling 65 yards on the game's second play. The next time the Patriots got the ball -- after a three-and-out sequence from the Bruins offense -- it was Patriots senior Ian Greenlee bursting up the middle for a 75-yard score.
The Bruins battled valiantly but were never able to recover, falling to Friendly at Crawford-Knode Stadium, 34-20, in the Class 3A state quarterfinal.
After a slow start, Broadneck senior quarterback Jonas Weatherbie finished the night commpleting 20 of 36 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns to junior end Lehrman Dotson.
But it all came a little too late.
Trailing 18-0 in the second quarter after Lane (19 carries, 203 yards, two touchdowns) scored his second from 6 yards, the Bruins (9-2) got their offense on track.
Weatherbie connected with Dotson twice in the Bruins' first scoring drive -- first on a 27-yard catch on a third-and-17, next on a 44-yarder to the Patriot 1-yard line. Junior Threadgill ran it in from there.
After their long drive to open the second half stalled, the Bruins got the ball back midway through the third quarter, and Weatherbie once again found Dotson (six catches, 144 yards, two touchdowns) in the left corner of the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown to close within five points at 18-13.
The Patriots (10-1) answered with another big run. Quarterback Anthony Walker went right on a keeper for 64 yards, pushing the lead to 26-13 with a minute to play in the third quarter.
After Weatherbie was called for intentional grounding in the end zone -- resulting in a Friendly safety -- Walker put the game away on an 11-yard run with 3: 31 remaining.
The Bruins, never quitting in their first playoff appearance, closed out the scoring with Weatherbie finding Dotson for a second time from 25 yards.
Weatherbie ended a stellar senior year with 1,637 yards passing and 20 touchdowns. Dotson finished the year with 32 catches and 14 scores.
Friendly, which got a 100-yard rushing game from Greenlee, advanced to the state semifinals with a six-game winning streak.
Pub Date: 11/15/97