Broad­neck beats Sev­erna Park, 28-20

Big fourth-down stops fuel Bru­ins’ play­off am­bi­tions; Gil­man tops Loy­ola, 43-26

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - VARSITY - By Bob Hough —Tom Worgo, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group

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.

MATTHEW COLE/ BAL­TI­MORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

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.

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