Broadneck stuffs T. Stone's bluff, claims regional title in OT, 28-27

Cougars' fake on PAT comes up yard short

Bruins move to 12-0

Class 4A East football

November 22, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

No. 2-ranked Broadneck outlasted Charles County's Thomas Stone, 28-27, in overtime to win the Class 4A East region title in Cape St. Claire last night.

In a game filled with bizarre plays and played before a crowd of more than 3,500, it ended when the visiting Cougars (9-3) faked the extra-point attempt only to get stuffed by a host of Bruins tacklers near the goal line.

The game also featured Thomas Stone quarterback Frankie Warren catching his own pass for an 8-yard loss in the first half, as the Cougars fell behind 21-7. Their only first-half score came when Averill Butler took the ball away from Bruins quarterback Tony Marino and raced 78 yards to the end zone.

Thomas Stone appeared to be a beaten team at the half, but it battled back and gambled for the win in overtime.

"We were trying to win the game," said Cougars coach Steve Lindsay. "They played it very well and my last thought was to call timeout when I saw them line up. Xavier [Davis] made a good, second effort and winded up a yard short."

Tyler Moyer, Tim Fair, Carlos James and Trey Evans met Davis head-on as he took a flip from the holder.

"We would have done the same thing," said Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick.

Moyer said the Bruins went to the ball instantly when they realized it was a fake.

"Our coaches preach get to the ball and that's what we did," said Moyer. "We thought they were going to kick it. I just came forward and hoped for the best."

In overtime, Broadneck (12-0) had scored on the first possession from the 10 on a 2-yard dive by Brandon Johnson, his third touchdown of the game, to break the 21-21 tie from regulation.

The Bruins were guilty of a false start on the extra-point attempt, and junior kicker Chris Desautels had to boot the point- after from 25 yards.

Desautels, who has an Anne Arundel County-record 11 field goals this season, had missed a 27-yard field-goal attempt with four seconds left in regulation. Desautels converted the extra point in overtime to give the Bruins a 28-21 lead.

Thomas Stone, which had tied the game with 32 seconds left on a 51-yard touchdown pass from Warren to Tony Vittielliss, scored in overtime on third down from the 10 on a pass from Warren to Mike Dodson.

The fake followed.

The Bruins will play host to a state semifinal game Friday night as either the top or No. 2 seed. Eleanor Roosevelt (11-0) would have to lose at home at 1 p.m. today to C.H. Flowers (10-1) for Broadneck to be the top seed.

Teams were seeded for regional play by their regular-season playoff points, and they were re-seeded by the same numbers for the next phase.

Broadneck became the only the second Anne Arundel County football team to go 12-0, matching the 1978 Annapolis Class AA (now 4A) state championship team.

Thomas Stone 0 7 7 7 6 - 27

Broadneck 14 7 0 0 7 - 28

B - Johnson 7 run (Desautels kick) B - Sokel 38 pass from Holland (Desautels kick) TS - Butler 78 fumble return (Bonovitch kick) B - Johnson 1 run (Desautels kick) TS - Dodson 67 run (Bonovitch kick) TS - Vittielliss 51 pass from Warren (Bonovitch kick) B - Johnson 2 run (Desautels kick) TS - Dodson 10 pass from Warren (run failed)

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