Broadneck rallies from 21-0 hole for win Late TD, conversion lift Bruins into semis, 22-21

Class 3A football

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.

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 in a Class 2A quarterfinal playoff.

The 2A quarterfinal victory ended 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 winner against Einstein of Montgomery County on Friday night.

Pub Date: 11/15/98

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.