Broad­neck de­feats Old Mill, 20-17

Bru­ins knock off pre­vi­ously un­beaten Pa­tri­ots, will meet An­napo­lis in re­gion fi­nal

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Bob Hough

Judg­ing by re­cent history in Anne Arun­del County, noth­ing is a guar­an­tee in the play­offs.

Broad­neck, which just three weeks ago was 5-3 and need­ing help just to get into the play­offs, is in the re­gion fi­nal for the sec­ond straight year af­ter knock­ing off pre­vi­ously un­beaten Old Mill.

Shane Davis hit Robert Sch­wob for a 10-yard touch­down pass on Broad­neck’s sec­ond play of over­time to lead the Bru­ins to a 20-17 vic­tory over Old Mill on Fri­day in the Class 4A East Re­gion semi­fi­nals.

Broad­neck (8-3) won at Old Mill for the sec­ond straight year in the play­offs and will look to make a re­turn trip to the state semi­fi­nals when it plays at An­napo­lis next week.

“We just wanted to get in, be­cause when you get in the play­offs, ev­ery­one has a chance,” Broad­neck coach Rob Harris said. “Guess what the records are when you’re in the play­offs … zero and zero. It doesn’t mat­ter. Just line up and go play.”

Old Mill (10-1) started with the ball in the ex­tra ses­sion, and Blaise Fisher twice ran up the mid­dle for 5 yards, fol­lowed by an in­com­plete pass. Fac­ing a de­ci­sion on fourth down, the Pa­tri­ots de­cided to go for a 22-yard field goal from Brian Mor­ris and took a 17-14 lead.

Ja­son Car­camo ran for no gain on the Bru­ins’ first play, and Davis next hit Sch­wob on a slant for the win­ning score.

It was the sec­ond touch­down of the game for Sch­wob, who scored on a 7-yard pass early in the fourth quar­ter to start a rally from a 14-0 deficit.

“I def­i­nitely wanted the ball,” said Sch­wob, who fin­ished with seven catches for 94 yards. “I liked my matchup.”

The Bru­ins trailed 14-7 and punted the ball to the Pa­tri­ots with just over six min­utes left in the game. Nicky Orofino threw Sirus Gay for a 1-yard loss on sec­ond down, then in­ter­cepted Fisher’s pass on the next play to give the ball back to the Bru­ins at the Old Mill 41 with 4:41 to play.

Af­ter two in­com­ple­tions, Davis hit Sch­wob for 32 yards to the 9. Davis went back to Sch­wob on the next play and drew a pass-in­ter­fer­ence call in the end zone. Car­camo scored from 2 yards out on the next play to tie the game.

Old Mill drove deep into Broad­neck ter­ri­tory and had the ball at the 1 af­ter runs of 14 and 2 yards by Gay.

Af­ter com­ing up empty in its first two trips into Broad­neck ter­ri­tory, Old Mill started its third pos­ses­sion at the Broad­neck 28 and took the lead four plays later when Fisher called his own num­ber for a 1-yard run that made it 7-0 with 6:19 left in the first half.

The Bru­ins mounted a long drive on their next pos­ses­sion and were poised to get on the board be­fore halftime, but af­ter a first-and-goal from the Old Mill 3, Davis threw a pair of in­com­plete passes. Fac­ing third down from the 3, Davis scram­bled and hit Tyler Ver­mil­lion in the back­field, but Ver­mil­lion was taken down, and with the Bru­ins out of time­outs, time ex­pired in the half.

Old Mill took a14-0 lead with 4:36 left in the third quar­ter on Gay’s 2-yard run.

On what might have been their most im­por­tant drive of the game, the Bru­ins came right back and cut the lead in half when Davis and Sch­wob hooked up for the 7-yard score that capped a 16-play, 69-yard drive and made it 14-7 with 11:47 left in the game.

“It was real im­por­tant, be­cause if we didn’t get any­thing there the game could have slowed down,” Davis said. “That was huge, and it just gave us a boost into the fourth quar­ter.”

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