Old Mill was up by four points with 1:20 left and Broadneck on its own 19 when J.J. Hicks broke free to give the host Bruins a 31-28 victory at Lawrence E. Knight Stadium in Cape St. Claire last night.
Hicks went up for a long pass down the right side from junior quarterback Kyle Colleran (9-for-15, 218 yards, three touchdowns) and took the ball out of the hands of an Old Mill defender just past midfield.
The speedy Hicks, a standout in football and basketball, cut to the left and raced to the end zone for a game- winning 81-yard touchdown with 55.8 seconds on the clock.
Broadneck's Richie Van Ry intercepted Old Mill's Grant Enders (12-for-17, two touchdowns) on the next series, and the Bruins ran out the clock.
"Since I don't get the ball a lot, I try to make my opportunities count," said the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Hicks, who had five receptions for 123 yards and two scores on the night.
"So, I just went after the ball. He [defender] didn't jump for it, so I just took it from him. It was a fade and they had a lot of people there and everyone thought they had the interception. I just caught it and ran up there. I knew I was gone."
The play left the No. 9 Patriots (1-1) stunned and salvaged a victory for the No. 8 Bruins (1-1) with eight regular season games remaining.
"That would have put us in a big hole," said Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick. "This win tonight was probably one of the most important wins in our program because of the parity in the county this year. J.J. is our go-to guy, a four-year varsity, and we were going to him no matter what."
Broadneck's Tony Baker led all rushers with 151 yards on 19 carries, including a 75-yard touchdown burst in the third period that gave his team a lead for the first time at 17-14.
The two teams split last year, with Old Mill taking the regular season encounter 16-3, but losing to the Bruins 28-7 in the Class 4A East Regional Final. Broadneck then lost to eventual state champion Suitland 28-26 in the 4A state semifinals.