Kelly leads Havre de Grace over Brunswick, 34-14

Senior rushes for 289 yards, three TDs as Warriors win Class 1A semifinal

November 26, 2010|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Havre de Grace running back Michael Kelly put on a show that Brunswick would have rather missed.

Kelly ran for 289 yards and three touchdowns to help host Havre de Grace break open a close game and roll to a 34-14 victory over Brunswick in a Class 1A state semifinal Friday night.

Havre de Grace (11-2) will meet the winner of Saturday's other semifinal between No. 12 Dunbar and Fort Hill in the state title game at noon Dec. 4 at M&T Bank Stadium, the Warriors' first appearance in a state championship game since 1988.

Kelly made several big runs that helped Havre de Grace take charge of this game. He scored twice on 53-yard runs and also had a 4-yard touchdown run that gave the Warriors a 26-14 lead in the third quarter. That seemed to deflate Brunswick (11-2), which had just scored on Tyrus Lawson's 84-yard kickoff return.

"[Kelly's] something else," said Havre de Grace coach Johnny Brooks, who played on the school's 1982 state title team. "Two-hundred eighty-nine, what do you say? He did a great job."

Kelly's biggest problem was the leg cramps that forced him out for parts of the second half. But Brunswick couldn't figure out a way to stop the senior.

"Everything was working tonight," Kelly said. "The line was doing an excellent job of picking up the blitzes. I [just] tried to give it my all."

Kelly carried the Warriors in the first half. He gained 195 yards to help Havre de Grace to a 14-7 halftime lead over the bigger Railroaders.

Havre de Grace moved the ball easily throughout the first two quarters, often pushing deep into Brunswick territory. The Warriors fell behind early, but they tied it when quarterback Darin Washington (11-for-23, 146 yards) scored on a 9-yard bootleg around the left end early in the second quarter.

Kelly then made two big plays to help Havre de Grace. He scored on a 53-yard run with 1:56 left in the first half to give the Warriors a 14-7 lead. Kelly then knocked down a pass in the end zone on the final play of the half to help Havre De Grace keep the lead.

Brunswick had gotten a great scoring chance when Tate Rolland picked off a pass by Washington and ran it back 69 yards to the Havre de Grace 6-yard line with 3.9 seconds left. Kelly made his play after that, but Washington sprinted all the way back down the field to stop Rolland from scoring on the interception.

That would have tied the score and given the Railroaders momentum to start the second half.

"I had no choice but to catch him," Washington said.

The Warriors stopped Brunswick on its first second-half drive before Kelly scored on another 53-yard run for a 20-7 lead. After Lawson scored on the ensuing kickoff, Kelly got his 4-yard touchdown that gave Havre de Grace command.

B 7 0 7 0—14

H 0 14 20 0—34

B—Price 10 pass from Fisher (Rolland kick)

H—Washingon 9 run (Weismiller kick)

H—M. Kelly 53 run (Weismiller kick)

H—M. Kelly 53 run (Weismiller kick)

B—Lawson 84 kickoff return (Rolland kick)

H—M. Kelly 4 run (pass failed)

H—Bolling 37 pass from Washington (Werts pass from Washington)

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