No. 14 Annapolis finishes strong to defeat No. 3 Broadneck
Fracas after end of game mars Southern’s 35-32 victory over Northeast
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.