The first time Southern-Anne Arundel's Coree Contee touched the football last night, he returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.
On his second opportunity, he took a handoff from Joe McCafferty, burst up the middle, then cut to his left and went 37 yards before being dragged down.
He was just getting warmed up. And so were his teammates.
Contee, Jamar Mullen and Wayne Small each scored two touchdowns, and No. 7 Southern posted its fifth shutout in a 39-0 victory over host Broadneck.
The Bulldogs (8-1) clinched the Anne Arundel County 2A-3A League championship and set a school record for victories in one season.
They started the night in sixth place in the 2A state ratings, so the win brought them a step closer to their first playoff appearance in Buck Gardner's 20 seasons as coach.
"We don't talk about playoffs. You do that and you end up in the wrong place," said Gardner, whose team defeated Broadneck for only the second time since the schools began playing each other 1983.
The Bruins (6-3) were ninth in the 3A state ratings and couldn't afford another loss. But that's exactly what they got.
Contee (164 yards) and Mullen (132) led a Southern rushing attack that piled up 353 yards. McCafferty didn't complete a pass all night, but the Bulldogs needed him only to hand off.
Small rushed for 63 yards and had two interceptions.
Broadneck junior Jason Smith had six catches, and needs just one more to tie the Anne Arundel County record of 67 in one season, set by North County's Mike Quarles last year. But Smith totaled just 32 yards, and the Bruins' offense was limited to 103.
Contee made sure that Broadneck's evening began poorly, gathering a pass from Sean Ryan along the Bruins' sideline and racing 45 yards untouched into the end zone.
"They had three receivers on one side. I saw Sean turn to his right to throw and just read it. Once I caught it, I saw nothing but end zone," Contee said.
On the first play of the second quarter, Mullen took a pitch to the left and followed a block from Contee for a 10-yard score.
Southern went 53 yards for another touchdown on its next possession. Mullen had most of the carries, but it was Small who capped the drive with a 12-yard run.
Contee gave the Bulldogs a 26-0 halftime lead when he scored from 4 yards out.
Broadneck had a chance to avert the shutout when two personal fouls on Southern and four completions by Ryan gave the Bruins a first-and-goal at the 3. But four plays netted 0 yards.
"They really wanted that shutout. That's all they talked about at halftime," said defensive coordinator Jeff Cranford.
The game was delayed in the second quarter when Broadneck junior Sasan Sattari injured his neck and had to leave the field in an ambulance.
Sattari was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. X-rays were negative.