Prayer eases Broadneck, Severna Park tension

November 14, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Notebook After Broadneck knocked Severna Park out of the playoffs with a 13-0 victory Saturday, the two rival teams gathered for a prayer in the middle of the field in Cape St. Claire.

"That was planned out, and that was something I will never forget," Severna Park quarterback Pat Morrison said. "That was awesome. I really enjoyed it."

The postgame prayer was done as a way to ease tensions between the schools.

The intensity of the rivalry between the two schools in all sports, both boys and girls, has reached a fever pitch in the past couple of years.

Behavioral problems have ensued on the field and in the communities of the neighboring schools, including after Broadneck's 41-0 win over Severna Park last year.

That game was played on a Friday night, so Broadneck athletic director Ken Kazmarek and his Severna Park counterpart, Wayne Mook, decided to move this year's game to a 1 p.m. Saturday start.

After Saturday's game, the players shook hands. and then they formed a huge circle and joined hands.

The two coaches, Jeff Herrick of Broadneck and Severna Park's J.P. Hines, hugged and spoke to the teams.

The coaches, both Arundel High graduates, discussed the virtues of the rivalry and told the players to remember that it's only a game.

"J.P. came up with the idea and passed it by me, and I said that's a great idea," said Herrick, who is in his 19th season as Bruins coach. "We want this rivalry to be a rivalry of competitiveness only. The kids need to learn to let it go, all this foolishness that [sometimes] happens afterwards. It's such a great rivalry, with great male and female athletes. They've got to let it go once it's over."

Hines added: "Coach Herrick and I wanted to start something to eliminate the negativity amongst the schools. We're trying to talk about life lessons. It's not what happens tomorrow. It's what happens 10-15 years from now, and hopefully it will be positive memories for the kids."

Quick hits

When Gwynn Park forfeited six games at the end of last week, it knocked Southern (7-3) out of the Class 2A South playoffs and put Douglass-Prince George's County in at 8-2 thanks to a forfeit win. ... The No. 2 Broadneck girls volleyball team came back from a 2-1 deficit to edge Leonardtown of St. Mary's County, 3-2, for the Class 4A East regional title Friday. Caroline Jacobs led the Bruins (18-1) with 21 kills. ... Archbishop Spalding's Zach Sullivan won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association cross-country championship with a time of 16 minutes, 1 second last week at Oregon Ridge. ... Arundel's Ayanna Randolph, who will sign a national letter of intent today for a basketball scholarship to Furman, will miss her senior season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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