Broadneck brings down No. 1 Old Mill

No. 4 Bruins stand at 7-0 after turning over Patriots' first loss of season, 30-17

Football

October 18, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Forcing seven turnovers and getting 120 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Brandon Johnson, host Broadneck football team dealt top-ranked Old Mill its first loss of the season, 30-17, in Cape St. Claire last night.

The fourth-ranked Bruins continued their dominance over the Patriots (6-1) by beating them for the fifth straight time.

"It's not Broadneck, it's just the way we played," said Old Mill coach Mike Marcus, who has led the Patriots to the playoffs four straight years but is 1-6 against the Bruins in six years.

"Our defense played a heck of a game to keep us close. I don't know if it's scurvy or rickets or what. We'll get it ironed out and we might see them again."

Broadneck won twice in 2000, the playoffs included, and by 22-0 last year. Last night's victory was also the 99th in the 14-year career of Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick.

"Let's keep this darned thing rolling," Herrick told his huddled Bruins afterward. Herrick can become Anne Arundel County's eighth coach to win 100 games next week at winless North County.

Eshawn Jones raced the opening kickoff 95 yards to the end zone. Johnson followed with his first touchdown from 15 yards to go with Chris Desautels' 25-yard field goal as Broadneck (7-0) built a 17-0 halftime lead.

After committing five turnovers in the first half, Old Mill tried to get back into the game in the second half and nearly succeeded. The Patriots' Ryan Callahan scored on a 21-yard run and Brit Lilly kicked a 30-yard field goal in the opening minute of the final quarter to make it 17-10.

Broadneck answered on a 4-yard score by Johnson set up by Trey Evans' interception, and Dave Eslin came up with the third pick of the second half to set up Broadneck's final score.

"We weren't really worried about it because it's a big game and we expected them to score," Evans said of the Bruins' streak of three consecutive shutouts ending. "It feels good. We're No. 1 now."

Eslin's interception set up a 7-yard run by Johnson to make it 30-10 with a minute remaining. Old Mill closed out the scoring with no time on the clock as quarterback John Brown found Callahan on a 6-yard touchdown reception.

It was also Broadneck's eighth victory in the past nine games over its Anne Arundel County rival. Broadneck is 13-5 overall in the series that began in 1987.

Broadneck remains in first place in Anne Arundel County and the Class 4A East region. Old Mill started the night in third place in the region, two-tenths of a point behind Thomas Stone of Charles County.

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