No. 14 An­napo­lis fin­ishes strong to de­feat No. 3 Broad­neck

Fra­cas af­ter end of game mars South­ern’s 35-32 vic­tory over North­east

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Brian Bur­den —Bob Hough, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group Bal­ti­more Sun staff con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

Tyson Queen had been itch­ing all night to make a big play on spe­cial teams. He had a cou­ple of nice re­turns ear­lier, but with just over five min­utes to play, and Broad­neck threat­en­ing to re­take the mo­men­tum, the se­nior knew it was time to go.

Queen burst through a seam in the mid­dle for a crit­i­cal 70-yard kick­off re­turn, and Ny­on­jae Spriggs had two in­ter­cep­tion re­turns for touch­downs in the last 13 min­utes of the game as No. 14 An­napo­lis made a big state­ment in Anne Arundel County, go­ing on the road to knock off the No. 3 Bru­ins, 40-19, on Fri­day night.

“This was a to­tal team win,” An­napo­lis coach Nick Good-Mal­loy said. “Of­fense did what they had to do at cru­cial times, the de­fense con­tin­ued to score, which was fan­tas­tic, and the spe­cial teams, I love it. I do the spe­cial teams. We had great punts and great re­turns.”

Queen’s big con­tri­bu­tions early came on de­fense, match­ing up against 6-foot-7 re­ceiver Robert Sch­wob, and keep­ing him out of the end zone, as nei­ther team found the end zone in the first quar­ter.

I knew I had to knock the ball down against him, or it would be a touch­down ev­ery time,” Queen said. “I had help from Spriggs back in that safety spot too. It was a tough bat­tle, but if you do not come out and com­pete, you are not go­ing to win.”

A 30-yard touch­down pass from Justin Wil­liams to Omar’od White in the sec­ond quar­ter gave the Pan­thers (3-0) a 7-0 lead at half. Nicky Orofino made a 26-yard field goal early in the third quar­ter to get the Bru­ins (2-1) on board, and they added a safety five min­utes later by forc­ing a bad snap on a punt, with the ball go­ing out of the end zone. Broad­neck had the mo­men­tum, and the ball, late in the quar­ter, and that is when the fun be­gan.

Spriggs picked off Shane Davis and re­turned the ball 38 yards for a touch­down, and that started a se­ries of six scores in the next seven min­utes plus of play. Spriggs had an­other in­ter­cep­tion re­turn, this time off of a de­flec­tion, and re­turned it 87 yards for a score with 11:19 to play in the game.

Broad­neck stand­out Chris Watts went out of the game late in the first quar­ter with an ap­par­ent shoul­der in­jury.

SOUTH­ERN 35, NORTH­EAST 32: Mo­ments af­ter the teams shook hands fol­low­ing the host Bull­dogs (2-1) won, a South­ern player ap­par­ently grabbed a flag on the North­east side­line and be­gan to run with it. A brief scuf­fle en­sued and the teams were quickly sep­a­rated and placed at their re­spec­tive cor­ners of the field. Both coaches were seen lash­ing out at their teams for what tran­spired af­ter what ended up be­ing an ex­cit­ing game. Erxleben even made his way to the North­east hud­dle to of­fer his apolo­gies for his play­ers’ role in the in­ci­dent.

“South­ern came over and grabbed the flag off our side­line and went run­ning with it,” Baublitz said. “Some of our kids acted in the wrong and went af­ter them, then it was just to­tal chaos.”

The flag, which North­east play­ers waved be­fore the game, has a hur­ri­cane sym­bol on it, re­fer­ring to the team’s “hur­ri­cane” de­fense.

“They need to learn to deal with those kind of sit­u­a­tions,” Baublitz said. “When things go wrong, you can’t fight wrong with wrong.”

NO. 15 ARUNDEL 56, CH­E­SA­PEAKE-AA 0: Ryan Sedg­wick went 21-for-25 for 309 yards and four touch­downs and the visit­ing Wild­cats (3-0) shut out the Cougars (1-2).

Arundel had 474 yards of to­tal of­fense and lim­ited Ch­e­sa­peake-AA to 153.

LONG REACH 37, MARRIOTTS RIDGE 20: Greg Ben­ton and K.D. Booker had two rush­ing touch­downs and the Light­ning (3-0) beat the host Mus­tangs (1-2).

Booker’s long­est touch­down run was 61 yards.

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