Quarterback Nick Elko's fourth touchdown pass of the game, this one to Brandon Johnson-Farrell with 2:06 remaining, lifted No. 7 Arundel to a 34-28 win over visiting No. 8 Broadneck last night.
In the season opener for both Anne Arundel County teams, the Wildcats won for only the second time in the past 11 meetings with the Bruins. Elko's lob hit speedy senior Johnson-Farrell in full stride over his shoulder for a 36-yard game-winning score at Steve Carroll Field and John Puglise Stadium in Gambrills.
It was Johnson-Farrell's third touchdown of the game. He also scored on a 92-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and a 76-yard pass from Elko in the final quarter.
"It was definitely the best game of my career," said Johnson-Farrell, a returning All-County receiver.
"I saw the holes on my kick return and we had practiced it and it worked out. We did everything we do in practice. We got that score on the board [game-winner] and our defense did the rest. Coach [Chuck] Markiewicz told us before the game how we had lost nine of the last 10 to them. We wanted to get a big win and start the season off good."
Johnson's kickoff return made the score 21-7 and answered Broadneck's first touchdown.
Broadneck got on the board with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Colleran (eight-for-17, 137 yards, no interceptions) after a pair of scoring passes from Elko to Joshua Hutchins had given the Wildcats a 14-0 lead.
"Brandon, Elko, Hutchins and Alec Lemon have been hooking up in the backyard for seven-eight years and we're glad they are on our side," Markiewicz said.
"This was a good start and hopefully will get us off to a 5-0, 4-1 start, who knows."
Broadneck later tied it at 21 in the third quarter on a pair of short touchdown runs by Colleran. With 12 minutes left, the Bruins tied it at 28 on a 4-yard run by Tony Baker, who led all rushers with 143 yards on 20 carries.
After Arundel took the 34-28 lead, the Bruins got one more chance, but lost possession on downs around midfield with 18 seconds left.
"We're two good teams, and one or the other was going to lose early, and it happened to be us," Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick said.
"Our concern right now is bouncing back. We are relatively inexperienced, but I'm proud of the way we hung in there."