Football to watch

November 20, 1998

No. 4 Broadneck (11-0) at Friendly (11-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Where: Fort Washington, Prince George's County

Outlook: Broadneck's first playoff appearance ended at this site last year in a 34-20 loss to the Patriots in the 3A quarterfinals. The Bruins won their first playoff game last week, 22-21, over Westlake; Friendly beat Bel Air, 41-7. Friendly last appeared in a state final in 1983 but is a perennial playoff team. Ranked No. 3 in the Washington area, coach George Earley's Patriots boast several NCAA Division I prospects. RB Bobby Lane has run for 1,622 yards and 21 touchdowns. "Lane is very good and is the guy who breaks games open for them," said Bruins coach Jeff Herrick. Others are WRs Tra Tribble (35 receptions, 725 yards, seven TDs) and Jason Snyder (20-215-7); 6-foot-1, 207-pound LB Leon Joe and 6-2, 310-pound, two-way lineman Matthew Leigh. Friendly also has two outstanding senior QBs, Keith Ferguson and Jamal Strong. The latter is considered the backup, but he tossed two touchdown passes in last week's romp over Bel Air. The Bruins' Herrick will counter with a hard-hitting defense led by linebackers Sam Strother and Tremayne Williams (five interceptions), lineman Jeff Logan and DB Dorian Watkins (five interceptions). Offensively, Lehrman Dotson has efficiently executed the Bruins' option and run-and-shoot attack, throwing for five TDs and running for eight. Workhorse Martel Threadgill has gained 1,836 yards for an Anne Arundel County career-best 3,922; he has scored 26 of his 50 career touchdowns this fall.

Pub Date: 11/20/98

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