State football championship

High Schools

December 09, 2003|By Pat O'Malley

State football championship

Today

No. 1 Broadneck (13-0) vs. Damascus (11-2)

Class: 4A

Where: M&T Bank Stadium

Time: 7 p.m.

Admission: $8

Outlook: Both teams are eager to get started after being snowed out Friday. The top-ranked Bruins hope to become the first state public school to go 14-0. A state championship by Broadneck would be the first for it and the fourth for Anne Arundel County in the 30 years the state tournament has been held. Broadneck has to contain Matt Reidy, the Hornets' two-way standout, while Reidy has to deal with a pure team concept on the part of the Bruins. Reidy has run for 1,532 yards and 19 touchdowns and scored six more in a variety of ways. At defensive back, Reidy leads the Hornets, who are seeking their fifth state crown, in interceptions with six. While everything Damascus does seems to revolve around Reidy, the Bruins spread out the responsibilities. It's the job of junior QB Tony Marino and sophomore RB Brandon Johnson (1,340 yds., 19 TDs) to be in sync with their veteran line, anchored by 6-4, 290-pound senior center Ben Gabbard, and control the ball. The Bruins' defense, led by LBs Tyler Moyer (86 tackles) and junior Nick Sowells (60 tackles, 11 sacks) and DB Kyle Bloomfield (51 tackles, 7 interceptions), is charged with maintaining field position for the offense. The Bruins also get a boost from punter Dan Rosenblum (32.5-yard average) and kicker Chris Desautels, who has 11 field goals, one short of the state season record. Damascus beat Broadneck, 25-7, in last year's playoffs, the last time the Bruins lost.

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