Its stars don't come out, but Broadneck still shines

All-for-one No. 1 Bruins seek first state title today

High Schools

December 05, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

When top-ranked Broadneck plays Damascus tonight for the Class 4A state football championship at M&T Bank Stadium, there won't be any superstars on the Bruins' sideline.

Coach Jeff Herrick is just fine with that.

"This team is really unusually super because they play so well as a team," said Herrick, who this season became Anne Arundel County's eighth coach to win 100 games and at 105-54 passed former Annapolis coach Roy Brown (103-47) for fifth place.

"We don't have standout performers. It's the first time I've seen it where we've had pretty even keel all the way across, defensively, offensively. Everybody seems to be on the same page and performs at the same level.

"That can be good. I'd rather have that than have one standout because if they take the standout away, you're in trouble."

Herrick also cited his unbeaten team's wonderful chemistry and having seven three-year players.

"That's critical because the seven can carry over that maturity and have the team follow them," Herrick said.

Eshawn Jones, a slotback and kick returner and one of the three-year veterans, said the Bruins were focused on getting to M&T Bank Stadium since losing their final game to Damascus in last year's playoffs.

"Last year we wanted to go to Ravens' stadium, but didn't get to," said Jones.

"We knew we had a great team with great chemistry and we're good on all four aspects of the game - defense, offense, special teams, all that stuff. We knew we could go undefeated this year."

The Bruins should have a strong crowd back them up against their Montgomery County opponent.

"We canceled all after-school activities to give everybody a chance to be there tonight," said Broadneck athletic director Ken Kazmarek. "The whole community is really behind the football team and we expect a great turnout, if the weather doesn't ruin things."

NOTES: Not only can the Bruins win their first state football title in their first appearance, they also can become the first Maryland team to finish 14-0. ... Damascus has won four state titles, the last in 1996. ... Broadneck senior defensive back Kyle Bloomfield, who leads the team in interceptions with seven, suffered a bruised leg in last week's Woodlawn game but will play tonight.

All-County football

The Sun's all-county football selections in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Baltimore City/County and Howard counties will be published Tuesday. The Harford County selections will be published Dec. 14.

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