Bruins jump on turnovers

Broadneck advances to 4A state semis

Broadneck 28 Old Mill 7

November 25, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Broadneck turned four of six turnovers into touchdowns to deal Old Mill a 28-7 loss in last night's Class 4A East regional final at Lawrence E. Knight Stadium in Cape St. Claire.

Senior linebacker Nick Peterson had a fumble recovery and a blocked punt that led to two scores and junior defensive back J.J. Hicks intercepted a pass and raced 38 yards to a touchdown. Will Contarino's fumble recovery set up Anthony Baker's second touchdown run of the night.

Baker, a 5-foot-6 and 150-pound junior, carried 22 times for 104 yards and scores of 30 and 4 yards.

The host and No. 6 Bruins (11-1) expect to be on the road next weekend, likely in Montgomery County, for their fifth appearance in the state semifinals since 1998. Broadneck's previous trip to the state tournament was in 2004.

"We stepped it up when it really counted and it feels real good to be going [to the state semifinals] after that down year [4-6] last year, " Peterson said.

"Last year was pretty disheartening, but to bounce back and go 11-1 this year is pretty nice."

No. 12 Old Mill (9-3), which won, 16-3, at Broadneck in the fourth week of the regular season on Sept. 29, was denied its second straight 4A East title and played without senior quarterback Kelian Stevens.

Stevens injured his right ankle and knee in the final moments of the Patriots' come-from-behind 18-12 victory last week at Arundel in the regional semifinals. Sophomore Grant Enders, who rallied the Patriots for two touchdowns in the final 3:20 last week, replaced Stevens last night.

"I think Kelian could have gotten cleared to play, but I wasn't comfortable with that," said Damian Ferragamo, Old Mill's first-year head coach.

"I felt there was a risk for more injury and didn't want to take the chance. Grant did an outstanding job, and our future is looking pretty bright."

"We prepared for both quarterbacks," Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick said.

"Stevens is one heck of a athlete, and the sophomore played extremely well. We felt that Coach Ferragamo would stick to his offensive philosophy [double-tight end, double slot] no matter who played. Coach Ferragamo has done a great job there and like he said before the game, you can't turn the ball over."

Owings Mills 0 0 7 0 - 7

Broadneck 7 7 0 14 - 28

B-Baker 30 run (McDermott kick) B- Colleran 13 run (McDermott kick) OM- D. Coats 34 pass from Enders (Warehime kick) B- Baker 4 run (McDermott kick) B- Hicks 38 int. return (McDermott kick)

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