Broadneck mistakes add up to failure, 27-6

Six turnovers for Bruins in Gaithersburg's victory

Class 4A football

High Schools

November 17, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GAITHERSBURG - Sixth-ranked Broadneck had plenty of chances in last night's Class 4A football quarterfinal. It just gave them away.

Trailing by two touchdowns in the third quarter, Broadneck turned the ball over twice on consecutive possessions inside the Gaithersburg 10-yard line, part of a six-turnover game for the Bruins. Meanwhile, Gaithersburg quarterback Robert Graham rushed for three touchdowns to lift the Trojans to a 27-6 victory before an estimated crowd of nearly 2,000.

Gaithersburg (8-2), the defending 4A state champion, advanced to next week's semifinals where it will play the winner of today's quarterfinal game between Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County and Damascus of Montgomery County. Broadneck, which fell to Gaithersburg, 18-8, in last year's 4A state semifinals, finished the season 9-2.

Junior quarterback Fred Steinmark completed 14 of 31 passes for 207 yards and a 10-yard touchdown to senior Anthony Hawkins, but he also fired four interceptions, including one on the Gaithersburg goal line. The Bruins also lost two fumbles, including one on the Trojans' 6-yard line. Gaithersburg linebacker Brendan McCarron was instrumental in disturbing Broadneck's offense, finishing with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

"We just had too many mistakes and didn't pick up our assignments," Steinmark said.

Gaithersburg led 14-0 at halftime after Graham scored on a 13-yard keeper late in the first quarter, and an 11-yard scramble with nine seconds left in the half. Graham fumbled the snap on his second touchdown run, originally ran to his right, then reversed direction and sprung free after a brutal pancake block in the backfield by Gaithersburg tackle Eric McGlaughlin.

On the opening play of the second half, senior defensive back Tom Brown recovered his second fumble to set the Bruins up on the Gaithersburg 31. Broadneck reached the 6-yard line on a Steinmark pass to Hawkins. But Hawkins was drilled by Kevin Dunn and fumbled.

The Bruins forced Gaithersburg to punt after three plays, and on their next drive had eight chances to score from inside the 10. On Broadneck's first fourth-and-goal, Hawkins drew a pass-interference call to give the Bruins four more chances. But four plays later, senior defensive back Richard Orah picked off Steinmark.

"That was my fault," Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick said. "We should've went for a field goal and gotten a little momentum, but we wanted to go for it."

B 0 0 0 6 - 6

G 6 8 0 13 - 27

G-Graham 13 run (kick failed) G-Graham 11 run (Myers pass from Bolac) G-Graham 1 run (Parry kick) G-Hill 9 run (kick failed) B-Hawkins 10 pass from Steinmark (kick failed)

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