Broadneck tops Southern of Harwood

Bruins cap 80-yard drive with O'Neil's TD with 1:01 left in 21-18 victory

Football

October 27, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

In years to come, the 2002 Broadneck homecoming football game may very well be remembered for "The Drive."

Tommy O'Neil capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive with his third touchdown of the game, an 8-yard run with 1:01 remaining that gave the No. 5 Bruins a pulsating 21-18 victory over Southern of Harwood yesterday.

Played at Lawrence Knight Stadium in Cape St. Claire, the game was as emotional as it was physical, and senior quarterback Fred Steinmark's cool demeanor under intense pressure was the difference.

Steinmark is one of those quarterbacks who seems to play better under pressure, and he proved it again in leading the game-winning drive. He completed six of 12 passes for 73 yards, including two passes on third-and-long situations that produced first downs.

Southern led 7-0 at the half on Justin Holland's 5-yard touchdown run on the game's opening drive. Broadneck (7-1) came back to tie it on O'Neil's 66-yard sprint to set up his 1-yard score in the opening minute of the second half.

Broadneck took a 14-7 lead in the opening seconds of the final quarter on a 3-yard run by O'Neil (21 carries for 157 yards), but Southern (5-3) answered with a 3-yard touchdown by R'Mond Mapp with 8:24 left.

Bulldogs coach Russ Meyers' gutsy call to go for two points paid off with Mapp crashing into the end zone for a 15-14 lead.

Derrell Taylor, a senior linebacker who had 24 tackles for Southern, stuffed O'Neil and the Bruins on fourth-and-one from their own 37 with 6:19 left. That led to Mike Turner's 25-yard field goal, giving Southern an 18-14 lead with 2:46 left.

The Bruins started at their own 20 after a touchback on the kickoff. Steinmark, who finished 10-for-23 for 106 yards and one interception, marched them down the field with 1:01 to spare after O'Neil's score.

"It was a designed play for a quarterback draw that turned into a speed option, and I pitched it to Tommy," said Steinmark, whose late touchdown pass to Anthony Hawkins stunned the Bulldogs (5-3) in Harwood last year.

The biggest play on the drive was a leaping grab by Eshawn Jones, who was twisted up as he gathered in a 28-yard pass from Steinmark for a first down at the Southern 41 with 2:06 left. It came on third-and-11.

A 15-yard completion to Pat Ryan gave the Bruins first-and-goal at the 6 with 1:13 left. Three plays later, O'Neil scored to solidify the Bruins' reputation as perhaps the county's best second-half team.

"I think our coaching staff makes some good second-half adjustments, No. 1, and No. 2, I think the kids believe in what we are doing," Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick said.

"That was a very good team we beat today."

Southern's last-ditch attempt at victory ended on fourth-and seven, with quarterback Justin Holland throwing an incomplete pass from the Broadneck 37 with 18 seconds remaining.

Holland hit Bobby Atwell on a 32-yard pass that gave Southern a first down at the Bruins' 40 with 50 seconds left.

Two plays later, Chris Lee (86 yards rushing on 15 carries) just missed grabbing a 37-yard pass by Holland into the right corner of the end zone with 27 seconds left.

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