Broadneck bowls over Old Mill

Johnson's 251 yards offset Callahan's TDs

7-0 Bruins deal Pats first loss, 24-14


October 16, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The Bull outran the rabbit last night as No. 4 Broadneck held off No. 10 Old Mill, 24-14, at Bob Golliday Stadium in Millersville.

Broadneck's senior, bull-like running back, Brandon Johnson, who is 5 feet 9 and 195 pounds, ran for a school-record 251 yards on 35 attempts, and scored two touchdowns to best Old Mill's standout back, Ryan Callahan.

It was Broadneck's sixth straight win over Old Mill since 1999 and left the Bruins 7-0 and the Patriots 6-1. It was also Broadneck's 25th straight win over an Anne Arundel foe.

Callahan, a 5-7 and 150-pound junior with 4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash, ran for 191 yards on 21 carries, just missing his fifth 200-yard game of the season, and scored from 94 and 40 yards.

His two scores cut the deficit to 24-14, but the Patriots failed to take advantage of a fumble recovery at the Broadneck 22 with 8:24 left. Old Mill later gave up the ball on downs and Broadneck controlled the game the rest of the way.

With seven and eight Bruins in the box defensively, Callahan was held to 40 yards in the first half and had a 100-yard kickoff return called back.

Chris Desautels' 19th career field goal - tying the state record of Linganore's Justin Brown (1993-95) - gave Broadneck a 3-0 lead.

"I was really prepared because they have one of the best running backs around," said Johnson, who had season highs in carries and yards. His 251 yards topped Martel Threadgill's 248 yards in 1998.

"It was fun for both of us because we kind of grew up together. We told each other good luck before the game. He's a lot faster than me but I work hard."

Broadneck's defense, led by defensive end David Eslin and linebackers Nick Sowells and Rob Deaton, contained Callahan. And Brandon Abney did a great job in the secondary.

"It was nice to get a big lead on a team like that," said Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick.

"Callahan can break it from anywhere and Brandon picked it up for us. ... He gets better with more carries."

Callahan came into the game with an area-leading 1,377 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing. The two touchdowns last night gave him 26 with at least three games left. The county season record is 32 by Eric Venerable in 2000.

In just two seasons, Callahan has scored 43 touchdowns to move past Brashaad Mayweather's 42 (2001-02) into second place on the school's career list behind Kelvin Collins, who had 48 (1999-00).

Last night's loss left Old Mill coach Mike Marcus 1-7 against Broadneck in his career, including five straight playoff appearances.

"They unleashed the thoroughbred tonight," Marcus said of Johnson.

"He's a very good runner. We stayed the course and didn't change any thing at the half. I'm really proud of the way our team battled back."

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