Parity promises competitive football season

The Baltimore Sun

Two weeks ago, Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick predicted that the county football league would have more parity than at any other time he could remember.

"The county looks to me like it's extremely competitive for the first time in a really long time," said Herrick, who is in his 19th season, after his Bruins came from behind to knock off Old Mill, 31-28.

Herrick's assessment is proving accurate. Last weekend's results included two road upsets.

Northeast (1-2), 1-9 last season, got its first win of the year and handed Southern (2-1) its first loss, 21-20, Thursday. Southern's chance to win at the end was thwarted when a two-point conversion was nullified by a false-start penalty. Then an extra-point attempt for a tie was blocked by the Eagles' Mike Galliher.

In Edgewater, another 0-2 team upset a 2-0 team, as Justin Robey kicked a 21-yard field goal with seven seconds left to give Chesapeake a 12-11 win over South River. Chesapeake was 2-8 in 2006.

Broadneck led winless Glen Burnie by eight at the half before pulling away in the second half to win, 34-6. Meanwhile, Arundel (3-0) had a 7-0 lead at the half and 13-6 lead heading into the final quarter before pulling away from North County, 30-18.

"I see several teams that are really competitive, and there is a lot of parity from top to bottom in the county," Herrick said.

All tied up

Four of six county girls soccer games last Wednesday were decided by one goal (three 1-0 games and a 3-2 decision). In the other two, there was a 0-0 tie between Broadneck and South River, and Annapolis shut out Northeast, 4-0.

County public school teams have been involved in 11 ties, six in league play. Broadneck and South River have two ties each in league games and have seven ties overall between them. South River leads with four ties.

The boys public school teams have three ties in league play and seven overall. Glen Burnie is the only boys team with two ties.

There will be no ties in the state championships this year. The state has approved penalty kicks to resolve ties and co-state champions.

Quick hits

Karen Blocker, Archbishop Spalding's oustanding soccer goalie, started this week with a school-record 48 career shutouts, eight this season. ... Mike Towles had 35 assists for Spalding's boys volleyball team in a 3-0 win over Annapolis Area Christian School on Friday. ... Severn senior quarterback Trey Mullady threw four touchdown passes in the Admirals' 29-12 rout of Great Mills in St. Mary's County last Thursday. ... Annapolis Area Christian School's first football team fell to 0-2 Friday with a 25-7 loss to Maryland Christian School.

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