Dotson, Threadgill star as Broadneck runs record to 6-0 Bruins shrug off problems, put 39-0 beating on Laurel

October 11, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Worrying is for coaches, not for players, especially players like Broadneck's Lehrman Dotson and Martel Threadgill.

Dotson and Threadgill were exceptional yesterday as the No. 7-ranked Bruins remained unbeaten with a 39-0 victory over Laurel in Prince Georges County.

Without five key players, including his quarterback, all of whom have been suspended for at least one game for violating the Anne Arundel County conduct code, Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick said he didn't know what to expect.

"That's a question I did not know until we got here and started playing," said Herrick. "I really didn't have a read on it, but the kids came through and I think that had a lot to do with the three-year players."

His two senior leaders and three-year starters, Dotson and Threadgill, took command on the game's initial drive. Threadgill ran for 14 yards and Dotson, in his first varsity start at quarterback lofted a bomb to Laron Colbert for a 52-yard touchdown on the next play.

It was 6-0 Broadneck before many fans had taken their seats.

"I had no doubts, could tell the way we practiced this week that we were putting it behind us," said Threadgill, who ran like the county's leading rusher and scorer that he is. He gained 194 yards and scored three touchdowns on 24 attempts.

"The seniors had to step up because if anything happened in today's game, it would be our fault. The team stuck together, played strong and I'm proud of 'em."

Running their record to 6-0 against an 0-6 team, Broadneck was expected to win, but maybe not this easily, coming on the heels of a tumultuous week.

Dotson, Anne Arundel County's best pass receiver (All-Metro '97), could also be the county's best quarterback, a position he has not played since his freshman year on JV. Yesterday, he ran for 60 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another, completing 8 of 13 passes for 133 yards.

"I just like being on the field, like having the ball in my hands," said Dotson. "A lot of people around school and all were doubting us, but we stayed focused."

The Broadneck offense that had been averaging 38 points a game didn't miss a beat with Dotson at the controls. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior, also a standout point guard on the Bruins' basketball team, showed he could loft the ball or drill it into a crowd.

"Lehrman is one of the best athletes I've ever coached," said Herrick. "I just wish some big schools would realize how good an athlete he is."

Herrick was also pleased with his defensive unit that bent in yielding 184 rushing yards, 88 on 21 attempts by Devin Smith, but did not break. The Bruins pressured Spartans quarterback John Goverman into just two completions in 11 attempts for 26 yards.

Defensive linemen Stephan Sharps and Tony Klapaska, defensive back Hector Colon and linebacker Mike Campbell all recovered fumbles, while linebacker Blaine Fairbanks and lineman Ed Hayes were in on numerous tackles.

Pub Date: 10/11/98

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