Trailing by 21, Broadneck rallies to defeat Westlake Bruins victorious, 22-21, in Class 3A quarterfinal

Football roundup

November 15, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

You can knock Broadneck down, but you can't knock the Bruins out. The Bruins have taken their share of eight-counts this season, but they always get up, and Westlake found out yesterday in Cape St. Claire.

Dressed like the Miami Dolphins, the Charles County visitors built a 21-point lead at the half. It seemed only a matter of time before they would deliver the KO punch.

Little did the Wolverines know that the Bruins had them right where they wanted them, despite allowing 323 yards (263 rushing) of total offense in the first 24 minutes.

Not ready for hibernation, the Bruins came roaring back to post an unforgettable 22-21 victory in the Class 3A state quarterfinals. It was a comeback that coach Jeff Herrick said he would "never forget as long as I live."

At halftime, defensive coordinator Jeff Tonini switched strong safety Sam Strother up and to the slot side and moved Tremayne Williams over to the tight end. That enabled the Bruins (11-0) to hold Westlake (9-2) to only 40 yards of total offense in the second half while the offense caught up.

Martel Threadgill, Anne Arundel County's all-time rushing leader with 3,922 yards in four seasons, made the biggest touchdown run of his career, driving and spinning into the end zone from 15 yards out to make it 21-20 with 3: 08 left.

There was no decision to make.

"No hesitation, these kids fought too hard for a tie," said Herrick.

Quarterback Lehrman Dotson (8-for-16 for 74 yards passing, 70 yards rushing) sprinted to his right and lofted the ball. Bruins fans, who had been in a frenzy after Threadgill scored, held their breath as Laron Colbert caught it and lost it, but not before he broke the plane.

Westlake's hopes of spoiling the moment ended on Tremayne Williams' second interception of the game at the Broadneck 41 with 1: 24 left. The Bruins' offense ran out the clock and a sea of maroon from their sideline ran over them in a wild celebration near midfield.

It was the first ever playoff victory for No. 5 Broadneck, the 11th team in Anne Arundel County history to go undefeated in the regular season.

The Bruins will journey Friday to Fort Washington in Prince George's County to play at Friendly. The Patriots, also 11-0 and the No. 2 seed, humbled seventh-ranked Bel Air, 41-7, Friday night. Friendly dealt Broadneck a 34-20 loss in last year's quarterfinals.

But this is a different Bruins team. It's a team that had come from behind in a couple other games and most importantly, never lost focus when five players were suspended at midseason for violating the county code of conduct.

Three of those players, who were starters, never returned, and the Bruins just moved on.

"They weathered the storm because they've got a lot of character," said Westlake coach Dominic Zaccarelli. "I kept telling our kids at the half, that the game wasn't over."

Defensive end Jeff Logan's fumble recovery at the Bruins' 40 set up the game-winning drive that consisted of nine plays with Threadgill (82 of his 91 yards in the second half) scoring his 26th touchdown of the season and 49th of his career.

No. 13 Oakland Mills 15, Bohemia Manor 0: The Scorpions, making their ninth state playoff appearance, but first since 1995, finally scored on two six-inch quarterback sneaks by T. J. Welsh for the victory over the visiting Eagles in the Class 1A state quarterfinals.

The Scorpions (10-1) will play host to Cambridge at 1 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. Oakland Mills' only trip to the finals was in 1982.

Joey Ellis was yesterday's dominant player. He rushed 15 times for 95 yards, caught three passes for 43 yards and made nine tackles from his strong safety position.

No. 15 John Carroll 17, Calvert Hall 12: Quarterback Mike Leatherman's 1-yard run with 55 seconds left lifted the host Patriots (8-2) past the Cardinals (5-5). Leatherman set up his touchdown run with a 12-yard run on the previous play.

Leatherman also had passes of 35 and 15 yards to Ricky Black during John Carroll's game-clinching drive that started at its 35.

Calvert Hall trailed, 10-0, after one period, but used two touchdown runs by Greg Smoot to go ahead at halftime, 12-10.

Fort Hill 14, Poly 13: Lineman Nathan Weaver keyed a blocked field-goal attempt with five seconds left, and the visiting Sentinels of Allegany County edged Poly before a crowd of about 2,000 at Lumsden-Scott Stadium.

The 2A quarterfinal victory ended unranked Poly's six-game winning streak, earning defending state champ Fort Hill (9-2) a berth in next weekend's semifinal against No. 2 Randallstown (11-0), a 21-14 overtime winner against Einstein of Montgomery County on Friday night.

Pub Date: 11/15/98

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