Preston Pehrson, Broadneck's stellar senior linebacker, got some unexpected help from a young secondary that picked off three passes as the No. 15 Bruins stunned No. 4 Old Mill, 22-0, last night in an Anne Arundel County game.
After a scoreless first half, the host Bruins (3-1) took a 7-0 lead that was set up by Pehrson's fumble recovery at the Broadneck 42.
Five plays later, quarterback Fred Steinmark's nifty fake freed Andrew Holland for the Bruins' first touchdown.
While the Bruins' defense contained Brashaad Mayweather and the high-scoring Patriots (3-1), who came in averaging 42 points a game, their offense put up a 55-yard touchdown run by Eshawn Jones to take a 15-0 lead with 5:01 left in the game.
Steinmark ran the option-right to perfection and threw to Jones, who raced down the sideline.
Then, Kyle Bloomfield, one of three underclassmen defensive backs to intercept Old Mill quarterback Tyler Young, returned his interception 60 yards for a touchdown with 3:19 remaining.
"Our young secondary all stepped up tonight," said Pehrson, whose teammates chalked up their fourth straight win over the Patriots.
"They came through with some big picks. We respect each other [the teams], but we don't really like each other."
Junior Matt Cerny had a first-period interception and sophomore Tyrone Johnson had one in the second period.
Meanwhile, Pehrson and fellow senior linebacker Doug Sowells harassed Mayweather and kept him off the scoreboard.
Mayweather came into last night's game averaging 242 yards and nearly five touchdowns per game. He ran for a quiet 132 yards on 29 attempts in the game, 81 coming in the first half.
"[Mayweather is] their team pretty much, and he runs good, " said Pehrson.
"He was our first key definitely. Second was their quarterback [Young]. He's a heck of an athlete, too."
Old Mill coach Mike Marcus cited turnovers as the reason for his team's downfall, but he didn't want to single out his quarterback.
Old Mill could muster only 118 yards of total offense in the first half, 81 on the ground by Mayweather. And 36 of those yards came on one carry by the Patriots' senior back.
"Our kids really like to play against Old Mill for some reason," said Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick, who cited defensive end Bob Sise and linebacker Pat Hemmings, both seniors, for setting up tackles for Pehrson and Sowells.
"They were responsible for containing Mayweather and their quarterback. ... And we did a good job of containing them.