Broadneck slips past Annapolis, 6-0

Bruins push in for score after short punt, limit Panthers' ground game

Football

High Schools

September 18, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Field position and defense proved to be the right combination yesterday as No. 3 Broadneck escaped No. 4 Annapolis with a hard-fought, 6-0 victory.

In a rare 4 p.m. Monday football game because of Anne Arundel County's decision not to play Friday or Saturday, and unable to play under the lights last night because of Rosh Hashanah, the visiting Bruins (2-0) took advantage of a short punt in the second period to score the game's only touchdown.

"Yeah, it was hard-earned, " said Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick, "considering the circumstances of having to modify practices. And Roy [Brown, Annapolis coach] was in the same situation.

"Defensively, everybody is ahead of the game and, offensively, we were just miscuing here and there."

With Annapolis facing fourth-and-11 at its 13 with 1:45 left in the first half, the punt by the Panthers' Patrick Cook-Deegan went off the side of his foot to the Annapolis 31.

Nine plays later, junior quarterback Fred Steinmark (6-for-15, 76 yards) lobbed a perfect pass over the heads of a couple of shorter Panthers defenders to 6-foot-3 receiver Anthony Hawkins (five receptions for 76 yards) for a 9-yard touchdown with 35 seconds left before the break.

Steinmark's attempted extra-point kick failed, but the six points would hold up behind the Bruins' hard-hitting 5-2 defense led by returning All-County linebacker Matt Lewis and Preston Pehrson, an All-County defensive end last year who played like an All-County linebacker yesterday.

Annapolis (1-1) could not muster much of an offense, with its bread-and-butter running game limited to just 51 rushing yards after piling up 303 yards in a 28-6, season-opening win over Meade.

It was the second straight game the Panthers have played without last year's County Offensive Player of the Year, Eric Venerable, who has been academically ineligible, but is expected to be back Friday at Glen Burnie.

So, could Venerable have been the difference?

"No, no absolutely not, " said Annapolis coach Brown. "Broadneck outplayed us today, no doubt about it. We have a young team, but I think we have the personnel to win. We're going to get a lot better."

The Panthers had a chance to pull it out late in the final period after a Darren Johnson interception gave the home team a first down at its 41.

Annapolis marched to the Broadneck 24 in 10 plays, with the big play a pass from sophomore quarterback Larry Beavers to Johnson for a 38-yard gain to the 37 in a second-and-29 situation.

Beavers replaced senior starter Davon Watkins, who also plays defensive back and injured his right knee breaking up a pass early in the third period.

The Panthers stalled on that final series. The Bruins then ran out the clock to deal Annapolis its first shutout since 1995.

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