Broadneck, O'Neil dash to 28-21 win

Back's 48-yard run lifts Bruins past Glen Burnie

Williams rushes for 181


High Schools

October 21, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Tommy O'Neil's 48-yard touchdown run with 6:45 remaining lifted the No. 5-ranked Broadneck football team to a 28-21 victory on Glen Burnie's homecoming at Pop Whayland Stadium.

In a track-meet-like contest, the two teams scored in the final minute of the first half and traded touchdowns in every quarter but the third, when the Bruins (6-1) scored for what proved to be the decisive score.

Broadneck's vaunted defense was put to the test by the Gophers' stellar quarterback, Keith Williams, but played well when it had to.

Williams ran for 110 of his game-high 181 yards in the second half and passed for 132 yards. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Williams, an All-County player in three sports, ran 38 yards for a touchdown in the first half and 67 yards for another to tie the score at 21 with 8:56 left in the game.

It was Williams' 16th touchdown of the season, one short of the school-record 17 set by running back Rodney Spencer in 1983.

On the next possession, Broadneck went right down the field in six plays with O'Neil, who gained 133 yards on 27 carries in his second straight start at running back. He scored the game-winner on a counter play up the middle.

The Gophers (4-3) had the ball two more times, but Williams fumbled it away both times. Broadneck linebacker Matt Lewis fell on the first fumble and forced the last one, with Woody Watkins smothering it at the Glen Burnie 39 with less than a minute left.

"We did not contain him [Williams] overall, did at times. But he's just a phenomenal athlete, one of the best I've seen in a long, long time," said Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick." ... He's such a good athlete, he finds where it's breaking down and hits that area. That's what he did today on a couple of those runs. And he has the poise to stay in there on the pass rush, and that's how he banged that long pass play down the sidelines."

The "long pass play" was a 67-yard bomb from Williams to Chris Newton with 58 seconds until halftime to give the Gophers a 14-7 lead.

Broadneck had taken the lead on the game's first play from scrimmage after a Gophers trick play - in which junior Cody Myers switched to quarterback and Williams became a receiver - backfired. Myers' intended pass for Williams was picked off by Lewis, who took it in from 19 yards out.

On the final play in the first quarter, Williams dashed up the middle for 38 yards to tie the score at 7. The Gophers took the lead on his long scoring pass, but Broadneck tied it up on a 23-yard pass from Fred Steinmark to Anthony Hawkins with 1.8 seconds left in the first half.

The athletic Hawkins (6-3, 200 pounds) went up over double coverage on fourth-and-10 to take the ball away, and left defenders Matt Easter and Brent Sewell sprawling on the field as he raced into the end zone.

"That was huge," Herrick said. "I've learned over the years that if somebody scores prior to the half ending, it can be a big motivational thing."

It gave the Bruins an obvious burst of momentum as they took the lead on the first possession of the second half.

Broadneck marched 74 yards in six plays, with Mike Wallace scoring from the 9 for a 21-14 lead.

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