STUN­NER!

Quar­ter­back David Foust leads No. 4 seed South River over No. 1 seed, pre­vi­ously un­beaten Broadneck

The Capital - - SPORTS - By Kather­ine Fominykh kfominykh@capgaznews.com

South River stared in the face of the word “un­de­feated” with no fear. The word, like the re­gional rank­ings that put them at fourth and Broadneck at No. 1, rolled off their backs as they rolled past the Bru­ins on Fri­day night.

“We sched­ule tough teams … and these guys aren’t go­ing to back down,” Sea­hawks coach Ed Dolch said. “That was our mind­set coming over here.”

Led by quar­ter­back David Foust’s two touch­downs, the Sea­hawks claimed the Class 4A East Re­gion semi­fi­nal game, 28-21, ex­tend­ing their state cham­pi­onship dreams for an­other week.

Se­nior run­ning back Joe Foy spurred the Sea­hawks on the ground, to­tal­ing 30 car­ries for 203 yards and a touch­down.

“Re­cently, they re­leased the BTC All-Star ros­ter, and he wasn’t on it. I think he’s been on a mis­sion ever since to prove them wrong, that he is the guy in this county [to watch],” Dolch said. “Last few weeks, he’s put the of­fense on his back and pushed us into the playoffs.”

South River (7-4) ad­vances to face North Point (11-0), which de­feated Arun­del, 43-13, on Fri­day night.

For Broadneck, though, the loss ended its play­off run and a 10-game un­beaten streak, led by fresh­man

quar­ter­back Josh Ehrlich.

And at first, it looked like the same old Broadneck, too.

It's prac­ti­cally in their non-ex­is­tent con­tracts for the Bru­ins to score on their first drive, and Fri­day was no dif­fer­ent. The Sea­hawks thrice forced Broadneck to a third-down sit­u­a­tion, but the Bru­ins were al­ways able to con­vert. Led by speedy Ja­son Car­camo, who soon crossed two yards to land the first touch­down, Broadneck took a 7-0 lead with less than four min­utes gone.

The Sea­hawks weren't go­ing to be an easy vic­tim, though, and they let that be known im­me­di­ately. Though the Broadneck de­fense forced a cou­ple lost yards on some snaps, they couldn't quite fig­ure out Foust's arm. He com­pleted four of his six pas­sat­tempts on the drive, fi­nally find­ing Sean Leonard from seven yards out for the first Sea­hawks touch­down.

Two-thirds of the first quar­ter were gone, and the Bru­ins were es­sen­tially back to square one.

And things weren't about to get bet­ter. First, Ehrlich was dragged down in the pocket. Then, on a throw at mid-field, he was picked off for only a hand­ful of times of his young ca­reer by Leonard.

Head­ing into the sec­ond quar­ter, Broadneck needed to send a mes­sage — but South River beat them to it.

Though the Bru­ins were able to stymie their foes' first cam­paign, their own wouldn't last long. On sec­ond-and-18, se­nior Ryan Powell sacked Ehrlich. As the ball squirted out of the fresh­man's hands, Powell scooped it up, hand­ing the Sea­hawks pos­ses­sion just two yards from scor­ing ter­ri­tory.

Min­utes later, they would cap­i­tal­ize. Foust rushed a yard for the touch­down, dou­bling South River's lead, 14-7.

Broadneck, on the other hand, con­tin­ued to ache. In eight plays, Ehrlich ush­ered his Bru­ins 52 yards down field. His ninth, though, was the end of it.

The Sea­hawks in­ter­cepted Ehrlich for the sec­ond time in the end zone by de­fen­sive back Aaron Steck­low.

But what­ever sham­rock was spurring South River's good luck must have fallen out at the same time. On the snap, a host of Bru­ins swarmed Foust. De­fen­sive back Romeo Si­monds ex­tracted the ball from the pile, re­turn­ing both pos­ses­sion, and a lit­tle fa­vor, to the home team.

The Bru­ins ran with it — specif­i­cally, Car­camo did. The run­ning back tore up 23 and 12 yards in two car­ries for the ty­ing touch­down.

With its lead gone, South River moved to­ward cor­rect­ing it. Then, on the Sea­hawks' fourth down, it was Foust who suf­fered a pick this time, as line­backer Josh Cain plucked the ball from the air and hur­tled 64 yards across the soggy turf for the go-ahead Broadneck touch­down.

South River had a few tricks left in the half, though, to kill the pos­si­bil­ity of trail­ing their hosts into half­time. Even with his of­fense stalled at first-and-22 and then sec­ond-and-16, Foy cut to the right side and rock­eted 43 yards for a Sea­hawks touch­down.

Tan­gled up at 21 apiece, the two went to half­time.

Broadneck suc­cess­fully cor­ralled South River in its end or a few plays, but that was on the ground. The air was their quar­ter­back's do­main.

Foust launched a pass 51 yards into the end zone to Shaun Hem­phill for the go-ahead touch­down, and af­ter a good kick, South River had pulled ahead once again, 28-21.

“We've known all along what David could do,” Dolch said. “We've had him in the fold since sev­enth grade. He's go­ing to be a great one.”

The Bru­ins' at­tempted response would end in a ball bang­ing off the goal­posts. Af­ter the Sea­hawks de­fense smoth­ered Broadneck's scor­ing at­tempts, sev­eral times from just 13 yards out, the Bru­ins had to set­tle for a field goal at­tempt.

Kee­gan Houser's 30-yard kick at­tempt, though, would fly too low for fruition. With­out even three points to show, the Bru­ins con­tin­ued to trail their guests through the third quar­ter.

As the buzzer sounded, though, South River was tee­ter­ing on its largest mar­gin of the night, stand­ing on the Bru­ins' 3-yard line.

At the top of the fourth quar­ter, a de­lay of game penalty added five yards to South River's dis­tance, but en­croach­ment on Broadneck erased it. But then, as Foust tried to inch just three yards into the zone, the Bru­ins de­fense over­pow­ered him. No touch­down, no field goal. Noth­ing. It had been 10 min­utes on the clock since Broadneck's of­fense had got­ten a chance to run.

And they did, all the way down to the Sea­hawks' 19-yard line. Ehrlich mailed the ball di­rectly to Rashid Proctor, who didn't let the ball fall.

Roars erupted from the Broadneck side­line and bleach­ers. But it wasn't a touch­down.

The pass was ruled in­com­plete, and a play later, the Sea­hawks had pos­ses­sion again. With the missed chance, Broadneck of­fi­cially hadn't scored since well be­fore half­time.

And there wasn't much time left to change that.

Then, there was noth­ing left at all. Af­ter the game, the Broadneck se­niors lined up on one side of coach Rob Har­ris, with the un­der­class­men on the other. It was roughly half and half.

The younger play­ers em­braced their team­mates, heavy with emo­tion, for the last time.

“We just didn't get it done. The blame's on me. It starts at the top,” Har­ris said. “...I apol­o­gized to them. I felt hor­ri­ble. Great se­nior class. We just didn't get it done.”

DANIEL KUCIN JR./FOR CAP­I­TAL GAZETTE

Broadneck’s Ethon Wil­liams is tack­led by sev­eral South River de­fend­ers dur­ing their Class 4A East Re­gion semi­fi­nal Fri­day.

DANIEL KUCIN JR./CAP­I­TAL GAZETTE

South River’s Joe Foy breaks free into the se­condary against Broadneck.

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