Broadneck beats Severna Park, 28-20
Big fourth-down stops fuel Bruins’ playoff ambitions; Gilman tops Loyola, 43-26
No. 13 Broadneck and Severna Park have developed an intense football rivalry over the years.
And as the teams met at Northeast on Saturday, with both teams fighting for their playoff lives, the game meant a little bit more.
Shane Davis rose to the occasion, running for a pair of touchdowns and passing for one to lead the Bruins to a 28-20 victory over the Falcons. The points earned with the win moved by the Bruins into fourth place in the Class 4A East region standings. A victory over Southern next week should earn the Bruins a playoff spot.
After falling to Old Mill last week, the Bruins had to wait an extra day to get onto the field and remove thoughts of the loss to the Patriots and get back on track toward their goal of reaching the postseason.
“Our kids responded well this week, and they needed to. I’m very proud of them,” Broadneck coach Rob Harris said. “We did a lot of soul-searching this week.”
Broadneck (6-3) scored on its first three possessions. Davis opened the scoring with a 19-yard run, then, after the Falcons were forced to punt, Davis hit Ethon Williams for a 38-yard touchdown pass on a perfectly thrown ball.
The Falcons cut into the lead when Jake Hallet hit Josh Coffman for a 65-yard touchdown, but the Bruins needed just one play to make it a two-score game again when Jason Carcamo got loose for an 80-yard touchdown run that made the score 21-7.
When the Falcons answered with Tim Hanratty’s touchdown pass to Michael Zichelli to make it 21-13, the game appeared to be becoming a track meet.
Both defenses buckled down the rest of the way, though, including three big fourthdown stops by the Bruins that ultimately decided the game.
“Severna Park has moved the ball on everybody this year. That offense has been clicking,” Harris said. “That was a great job by our defense today.”
With the Bruins leading 21-13 in the waning moments of the first half, the Falcons used nearly five minutes and moved the ball from their 24 to inside the Broadneck 5. Facing fourth-and-goal from the 2, Severna Park went for the touchdown, but Darnell Creek stuffed Joe Jennings for no gain to preserve the lead heading into halftime.
“We had a good play called and the line blocked it very well,” Severna Park coach Will Bell said. “One of their kids shot through the ‘A’ gap from the back side and just made a great play, tripping our kid up. If he doesn’t make that play, we walk in. That’s been a play that has worked for us, but unfortunately their kid made a great play.”
After the Falcons forced a punt on Broadneck’s first possession of the second half, they pulled within one when Hallet connected with Steven Zichelli to cut the lead to 21-20.
Broadneck came right back and restored the eight-point lead when Davis capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run with 4:18 left in the third quarter.
Severna Park moved the ball again, but its drive was stalled when Steven Jacobs threw Hallet for a 10-yard loss on fourth down from the Broadneck 32. The Falcons moved into Broadneck territory again on their next possession, but George Shively and Ian Wexler dropped Joe Joe Bright for a 12-yard loss after Bright was slowed on the play by Creek.
“It felt good,” said Creek, who finished with 10 tackles — including 71⁄2 for loss — and a sack. “We had been hitting the sleds all week in practice, and it helped us come out and play well.”
Bruins punter Harrison Brown pinned the Falcons at their 2-yard-line with 6:35 left in the game, and Broadneck forced a threeand-out. Another good punt by Brown — this time to the 13 — forced the Falcons deep into their own territory again. Creek had a tackle for a loss on one play and forced an incompletion on another to force a Severna Park punt. The Bruins got the ball back with 1:53 left, and four runs for 39 yards from Carcamo helped them run the clock out on, for now, their most important victory of the season.
Carcamo finished with 213 yards on 26 carries for the Bruins.
GILMAN 43, LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD 26: Brandon Madison, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back, rushed for a season-high 261 yards and three scores on 25 carries and caught a touchdown pass, leading the host Greyhounds (2-7, 1-3 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) to a victory over the Dons (4-5, 0-5) at Roland Park.
“He’s been our big-play guy all year both rushing and receiving,” Gilman offensive coordinator Russell Wrennsaid. “We really want to get the ball in his hands. He is a wide receiver by trade, but we moved him to running back this year. It was very unselfish of him to do that.”
Madison rushed for touchdowns of 18, 25 and 75 yards, and was at his best in the second half when he had three scores to help to the Greyhounds take control.
Broadneck’s Jason Carcamo breaks into the clear as Severna Park defenders give chase. Carcamo finished with 213 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run, on 26 carries.