Suitland edges No. 5 Broadneck

Rams advance to 4A final vs. Sherwood

Suitland 28 No. 5 Broadneck 26

December 03, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

DISTRICT HEIGHTS -- Just when momentum looked like it would be on Broadneck's side to start the second half, it was snatched from the Bruins' hands on an electrifying 87-yard kickoff return touchdown by Suitland's Mikeem Chavious.

The shock carried over to the second half as the Rams scored on their first possession on a 12-yard run by quarterback Carlos Fields to cap a 64-yard drive in five plays.

Those back-to-back touchdowns were crucial in the Rams' 28-26 victory over No. 5 Broadneck (11-2) in yesterday's Class 4A state semifinal at Suitland High in Prince George's County.

Those scores gave the Rams (12-1) a 28-10 lead after Kyle Colleran's 13-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Hicks cut the Bruins' deficit to 14-10 with 30 seconds left in the first half.

Broadneck had scored in the first quarter on a 26-yard field goal by Chris McDermott, his 12th of the season to tie the state record first set in 1999 by Urbana's Josh Brown and tied by Arundel's Colin Blugis this season.

Chavious was off to the races on the ensuing kickoff after the Colleran touchdown pass and it proved to be a 14-point swing.

"That was big, because Coach [Jeff] Herrick's kids don't stop fighting," said coach Nick Lynch whose Rams will play Montgomery's Sherwood (11-2) next weekend at M&T Bank Stadium for the 4A state crown.

With 5:44 left in the game, Broadneck sophomore Colleran threw his second touchdown pass to Hicks from the 11. A two-point conversion pass to Bobby Jeter made it 28-18.

Hicks then recovered an onside kick at midfield. Nine plays later, including Colleran's 23-yard pass to Anthony Skaggs, the Bruins scored on their quarterback's 1-yard dive.

The two-pointer was tipped but caught by Duncan Spence as he lay on his back, and suddenly it was 28-26 with 2:40 remaining.

"The defense picked us up most of the season and it was our turn," said Colleran, whose father, Kelly, was a standout quarterback at Severna Park more than 20 years ago.

"If we could have had three more minutes, we could have done it."

Broadneck failed to recover its second straight onside kick and the Rams picked up two first downs to run out the clock.

"When they ran back that kick, it really dropped our spirits," said Broadneck senior linebacker Nick Peterson, who had one sack and a host of tackles.

"We're not used to people scoring that many points on us [the Bruins gave up 7.8 points per game before yesterday] and we had to rally around and comeback. But it was just a little too little, too late."

Broadneck 3 7 0 16 -- 26

Suitland 0 21 7 0 -- 28

B--McDermott FG 26 S--E. Williams 9 run (Davis kick)

S--Cain 6 run (Davis kick)

B--Hicks 13 pass from Colleran (McDermott kick)

S--Chavious 87 kickoff return (Davis kick)

S--Fields 12 run (Davis kick)

B--Hicks 11 pass from Colleran (Jeter pass from Colleran)

B--Colleran 1 run (Spence pass from Colleran)

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