Tyrice Watson sure does like playing against Meade. Broadneck’s defense also enjoyed their contest against the Mustangs this time around as well.
Watson rushed for two touchdowns, Shane Davis threw for two more, and the Bruins’ defense accounted for five turnovers as Broadneck defeated Meade in a Class 4A East Region semifinal, 35-6, on Friday night.
The Bruins (11-0) will host North Point next Friday for the 4A crown. Broadneck is looking for its eighth region crown and second in three years. Meade fell to 8-3, losing in its first playoff appearance since 2013.
“Our defense picked us up early, our offense picked us up in the second quarter, and our special teams were phenomenal throughout,” Broadneck coach Rob Harris said. “Our defense was lights out the whole game.’’
Keonte Coates and Alex Roland had first-half interceptions and the Bruins recovered three fumbles as Meade turned the ball over five times in the first half. Broadneck scored 28 unanswered points in the second quarter to erase a scoreless tie. Davis threw touchdown passes of 45 yards to Ethon Williams and 37 yards to Andre Woods, Jr.
The Bruins are making their fifth straight trip to the playoffs, now the longest streak in Anne Arundel County. Watson rushed for 437 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season, scoring three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 33 seconds left, in a 28-21 win over the Mustangs on October 20. He scored from 10 yards out to open the game’s scoring, then added a 2-yard score later in the second quarter.
“We are in the playoffs now and anybody can beat anybody. It is going to be harder than ever,’ Watson said. “I am going to come out here and do the best for my team. We got the job done. On offense. On defense. We were there for each other the whole game.”
Meanwhile, Matthew McAllister continued to lead a suffocating Bruins defensive effort that did not allow Meade into the end zone until less than three minutes remained in the third quarter, when Alijah Mateen hit Erick Johnson for a 41-yard touchdown pass. However, Jason Carcamo, who rushed for just over 1,000 yards in the regular season, responded immediately for Broadneck, running for a 29-yard touchdown to close the game’s scoring in the third quarter. The Bruins handled the cold weather, a first this season, easily on tghe defensive side.
“Ball security was a big concern,” Harris said. “So was making excuses, so we harped on that. I was real happy with practice this week. The energy and focus was back. We weren’t super clean, but we are blessed to have two great runners who can grind it out. Tyrice is a tough, hard runner, and so is Jason. We have seven 3-year seniors on defense and that is helping us in big ways.”
Broadneck bucked the recent trend of the region’s top seed going out early, but only once in seven years has that seed won the region. North Point, coming off a dramatic late win over Arundel, will surely test the Bruins next week.
“These guys were not a part of any of those teams, so we don’t worry about that,” Harris said. “It is going to be a great game. It’s pretty neat to have two undefeated teams going at it for the region. They are a really good team and have a lot of talent.
Meade (8-3) 0 0 6 0—6
Broadneck (10-0) 0 28 7 0—35
BN – Watson 10 run (Orofino kick)
BN – Williams 45 pass from Davis (Orofino kick)
BN – Watson 2 run (Orofino kick)
BN – Woods 37 pass from Davis (Orofino kick)
ME – Johnson 41 pass from Mateen (run failed)
BN – Carcamo 29 run (Orofino kick)