Friendly derails Broadneck again Bruins lose first, as QB figures in 6 touchdowns

Class 3A football

November 21, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

FORT WASHINGTON -- History repeated itself last night as Broadneck saw nothing but red during its second straight postseason trip to this Prince George's County community on the Potomac River.

The fourth-ranked Bruins (11-1), the 11th Anne Arundel County team to go undefeated in regular season, were crushed by Friendly, 49-13, in a Class 3A semifinal.

Senior quarterback Keith Ferguson threw five touchdown passes and ran for another for the Patriots, who from helmet to shoes were dressed in red. As a defensive back, Ferguson also had an interception.

His play spoiled Broadneck's second straight playoff appearance and first semifinal. Friendly also eliminated the Bruins in last year's quarterfinals, 34-20.

Friendly (12-0) last won state titles in 1974 and 1978 but is in the playoffs for the 12th time, third during the 1990s.

This team seems to be of state championship-caliber with several NCAA Division I prospects, including All-American linebacker Leon Joe, who had three sacks, and 315-pound two-way tackle Matthew Leigh.

Joe and Leigh led a Patriots defense that held Broadneck's offense, which had been averaging 35 points a game, to just two touchdowns.

Broadneck proved it could play with the Patriots in the first half.

But a Friendly touchdown just before the break and two touchdown passes from Ferguson in the third period sealed the verdict.

Friendly's potent offense was everything it was cracked up to be. Ferguson completed 10 of 16 passes for 248 yards and

found three receivers for touchdowns.

Senior running back Bobby Lane (1,741 yards, 22 touchdowns on the season) rushed for 119 yards and scored on a 3-yard smash.

Ferguson tossed 36- and 55-yard touchdown passes to Tra Tribble, who is being recruited by Georgia Tech, and Jason Snyder had a pair from 29 and 5 yards out. Aaron Stewart caught the other on a 33-yard hookup to start the third period as the Patriots capitalized on a fumble by Broadneck star Martel Threadgill.

Threadgill ran for 74 yards to finish with 1,910 for the season and an Anne Arundel County-record 3,996 for his career, good for 12th place in Maryland history.

Despite wet conditions, Crawford-Knode Stadium's field retained fair footing for both teams.

The main problem was the slippery ball, which caused several fumbled snaps in the first half as Friendly jumped out 25-13.

The Patriots' big play was a 29-yard kickoff return by Edward Anderson and subsequent 31-yard pass from Ferguson to Anderson to set up another score right after Broadneck had cut the lead to 19-13. Ferguson ran it in from the 11 to put the Pats up by 12 with just seconds left in the half.

Friendly scored its third touchdown of the half on 29-yard pass from Ferguson to Jason Snyder. Broadneck strong safety Sam Strother slipped and fell as Snyder caught the ball at the 5 and carried it in, making the score 19-13.

After the Patriots missed on a conversion attempt, Strother atoned for his excusable slip by returning the kickoff 58 yards to the Friendly 21. Five plays later with 1: 08 left in the half, Threadgill went off tackle from the five for his 52nd career touchdown and 28th this season.

There is a tendency to believe that Broadneck played a very weak regular season schedule in Anne Arundel County, where )) the Bruins and Annapolis (8-3) were the only two winning teams out of 12 public high schools.

Broadneck 0 13 0 0 -- 13

Friendly 7 18 12 12 -- 49

F--Tribble 36 pass from Ferguson (Stewart kick)

B--Threadgill 3 run (Gappert kick)

F--Lane 3 run (run failed)

F--Snyder 29 pass from Ferguson (run failed)

B--Threadgill 5 run (run failed)

F--Ferguson 11 run (run failed)

F--Stewart 33 pass from Ferguson (run failed)

F--Tribble 55 pass from Ferguson (run failed)

F--Snyder 8 pass from Ferguson (kick failed)

F--Joe 93 run (kick failed)

Pub Date: 11/21/98

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