Threadgill's 237 run yards, three TDs lead Broadneck Bruins win easily, 39-7, over county rival Old Mill

September 05, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Returning All-Anne Arundel County running back Martel Threadgill ran for 237 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries as Broadneck opened with an 39-7 victory over Old Mill at Lawrence Knight Stadium in Cape St. Claire last night.

The win was the Bruins' third straight over the Patriots, giving them an 8-4 lead in the series that commenced in 1987. Broadneck has outscored Old Mill, 97-19, in the last three games.

Threadgill, a 5-foot-6 and 170-pounder, scored his first two touchdowns in the first half, and his 27-yard scamper three minutes into the final period sealed the victory.

The Bruins' defense, led by seniors David Hooper at linebacker, Jeff Logan at defensive end, and cornerback Dorion Watkins, who had two interceptions, stymied the Patriots' attack.

Broadneck had three interceptions and four QB sacks, plus three fumble recoveries.

Broadneck's disciplined offense was clearly the difference as the Bruins executed nearly flawlessly, while the Patriots continually hurt themselves with penalties, turnovers and dropped passes.

"Unbelievable. We didn't have a penalty or turnover in three scrimmages and then come out and play like this," said Old Mill coach Mike Marcus, making his coaching debut.

Marcus is only the third head coach in Old Mill history, and the Pats' first two, Ron Evans and Pete Regala watched last night.

"I'm sorry we disappointed everybody," said Marcus.

Broadneck posted its best season in school history last season going 9-2 and making the playoffs for the first time. The Bruins are a potential Class 3A playoff team again with seven three-year starters back.

Old Mill was 7-3 last season, just missing the Class 4A playoffs, and returned three key players in quarterback Craig Hall, running back Toney Twitty and wide receiver Brandon White. That trio was snuffed by the Bruins last night.

After falling behind 20-7 at the half, Old Mill gained momentum in the third period with David Kim and defense stopping the Bruins on their first possession. The Patriots then stormed down to the Bruin 14.

But with 6: 32 left in the period, Watkins picked off his first Hall pass inside the 10, and Old Mill seemed to fade.

"Martel was great, and our conditioning paid off in the third period," said Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick. "We hoped to pick up the intensity in the second half and I thought we did."

After the scoreless third period, the Bruins got Threadgill's third touchdown and a few minutes later junior QB Ryan Eslin crashed over from the one to make it 32-7 and Herrick started clearing his bench. Sophomore reserve back Aaron Foote capped the scoring with a 3-yard dive with less than two minutes to go.

Pub Date: 9/05/98

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