Bruins regain playoffs with win

Broadneck gets 6th trip to postseason in 7 years

Broadneck 19 South River 7

Football

November 04, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Defense, the toe of Chris McDermott and two touchdowns by Anthony Baker enabled Broadneck to defeat host South River, 19-7, last night and clinch its sixth playoff berth in the past seven seasons and eighth in 10 years.

The Bruins earned their 10th consecutive win over the Seahawks (6-3), who are vying for their first playoff berth since 1991. The Broadneck win also spoiled homecoming and Seniors Night in Edgewater.

No. 8 Broadneck (8-1) came into the game in second place in the Class 4A East region, a point behind No. 6 Arundel. The top four teams in each of the four regions qualify for the playoffs, and after a one-year hiatus the Bruins are back in the postseason.

South River (6-3) is fourth in 4A East and visits Arundel in its final regular-season game. The Hawks would have to lose again and fifth-place Thomas Stone of Charles County would have to win its last two for South River not to get in.

Senior linebacker Nick Peterson led the Bruins' defense that held the Seahawks to just 46 yards of total offense over the last three quarters after they gained 125 yards in the first.

Peterson had three sacks of South River quarterback Bobby Cooper, a fumble recovery and was in on more than a dozen tackles.

"Nick is [playing with] a little vengeance right now because he had not played well the last couple weeks," said coach Jeff Herrick, who led the Bruins to the 4A state final in 2003. "And he was really down about that, and he's made his mind up that he's got to step it up. He is definitely a really, really good football player, very studious."

Peterson, 6 feet 2 and 190 pounds, was intense last night on Joe Papetti Field.

"The defense really stepped up," Peterson said.

"It was an overall team effort. ... And this was a playoff-type atmosphere tonight. This is a big 4A win and we will probably see them again [in the playoffs]. I just happened to be in the right place at the right times."

South River's Eric Long broke the first play from scrimmage for 36 yards, but the Hawks managed only 38 yards running the rest of the way. Long also had a 15-yard touchdown run and David Kniesley kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 3:58 left in the first quarter.

The Bruins answered with Baker's first of two 1-yard touchdown plunges and a McDermott extra-point kick to tie it at 7 with 3:21 left in the half. The score capped a 56-yard drive in 11 plays.

McDermott then kicked a 21-yard field goal in the third quarter and added a 30-yarder at the start of the fourth quarter. The second field goal followed a sensational leaping catch by J.J. Hicks.

Hicks, a 6-foot-2 basketball standout for the Bruins, went way up to haul in a wobbly halfback option pass from Bobby Jeter. The play covered 43 yards to the South River 13.

"Bobby got sacked on the play but still got it off," Hicks said. "I just did what I do in basketball and jumped up for it."

Baker, who carried 24 times for 76 yards, capped the scoring from the 1 with 1:45 remaining after the Bruins went for a first down on fourth-and-one instead of the field goal.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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