Broadneck's mistakes turn into Annapolis win

Panthers use 3 turnovers to pave way to 21-7 win

Football

September 14, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The Broadneck football team gave visiting Annapolis too many chances in the first half, and the No. 6 Panthers took advantage to score all of their points in a 21-7 victory in Cape St. Claire last night.

The Panthers (2-0) turned three Bruins turnovers into touchdowns to take a 21-0 halftime lead in front of what was the largest crowd to ever watch a football game at No. 15 Broadneck (1-1).

Bruins athletic director Ken Kazmarek estimated the crowd at more than 3,500 fans.

The Panthers rolled up 175 rushing yards in the first half to minus-3 by Broadneck with Demario Harris leading the way with 72 yards. Broadneck would not score until the end of the third quarter on a 15-yard burst by quarterback Fred Steinmark.

"You can't make turnovers against a good team like Annapolis," said Bruins coach Jeff Herrick.

"I don't like to make excuses but we are relatively young and a big question is how we will handle good teams. We've got eight underclassmen on offense and six on defense. They're growing and Annapolis played very well. They have a sound scheme, make very few mistakes and they are coached well."

Annapolis opened the scoring on junior quarterback Larry Beavers' first varsity touchdown pass from 16 yards to Karl Acker after a fumble recovery by freshman defensive lineman Justin Weston at the Broadneck 33.

On the Bruins next possession, Weston and Acker blocked a punt at the Bruins 8. Two plays later, Beavers crashed over from the 2 and Matt Brown's kick made it 14-0.

In the second quarter, senior defensive back Davon Watkins picked off his first of two passes to stop the Bruins at the Annapolis 13. Linebacker Preston Pehrson's fumble recovery had given Broadneck good field position.

After Watkins' interception, the Panthers drove 87 yards in 12 plays with Beavers' 1-yard sneak capping it off.

Broadneck moved the ball in the second half, but the Panthers allowed only the one score.

"I'm very pleased we're a lot further along than I thought we would be," said Annapolis coach Roy Brown.

Broadneck took last year's meeting at Annapolis, 6-0.

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