Junior defensive back Anthony Hawkins grabbed a deflected pass off the hands of Greg Scott and raced 43 yards to a touchdown with 4:46 left to give Broadneck a 41-35 victory at North County last night.
The interception return was the only blemish on a spectacular evening by record-setting Knights quarterback Mike Pfisterer, who threw for three touchdowns and ran for two.
Broadneck (4-0) tied the game at 35 on a 6-yard run by quarterback Jordan Rathlev and the latter's subsequent two-point conversion drive into the end zonewith 8:31 remaining.
The running of Mike Wallace, who carried 34 times for 212 yards and two TDs, sparked the Bruins' third win in four years over the Knights.
Just last week, North County escaped Arundel (1-2) with a 55-48 victory in what is believed to be the highest scoring game in state history and ran into Broadneck, which had given up just 41 points in its first three games.
Unbeaten Broadneck (4-0) is on a mission. The Bruins are seeking their first Class 4A playoff berth in their eighth season in the state's highest enrollment division.
Broadneck was 4A from 1987 to 1992, made the 3A playoffs in 1997 and '98 before moving back up to 4A last fa11, going 7-3 and missing the postseason by a mere playoff point.
Pfisterer completed 21 of 40 passes for 292 yards and the three touchdowns in alosing cause. He was eighth on the state's career passing yardage list when the season began, is now fifth with 5,394 yards behind John Carroll's Al Neville (1967-69), who threw for 5,478 yards.
Pfisterer's touchdown passes give him 53 for his career, leaving him in a fourth-place tie with Jason Boseck of Pallotti (1990-92) and two behind Chris Kelly of Seneca Valley (1997-99) and Urbana's Zack Mills (1996-99), who are deadlockedin second at 55 behind Neville's record 67.
Neither defense played well in the first half as Pfisterer completed seven of 15 passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns and the Knights quarterback scored the other on a 1-yard dive.
Pfisterer's first pass of the game was a 40-yarder for six points to Norman Stumpf.