Broadneck needed a victory at North County and a little help to have a chance at earning a spot in the regional playoffs. The Bruins picked up the win but not the help.
William Mays alertly recovered a third-quarter fumble in the end zone, and Ryan Kroll and Derrick McGee combined to stop a North County two-point conversion try with 28.9 seconds left to clinch a 7-6 victory last night.
The Bruins needed Northeast to beat Meade and for Severna Park to lose to have any chance of passing the Falcons, who held a slim lead over Broadneck for the Class 4A East region's final playoff spot. But Meade and Severna Park both won, and North County had already locked up the No. 3 spot.
"We approached it like this was our championship game," Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick said. "The defense did a great job."
The Bruins shut down No. 7 North County (8-2) all night, limiting an offense that was averaging 29.7 points to six. Broadneck held Anne Arundel County's leading rusher, Dino Stevens, to 111 yards, 49 of which came on the final drive.
Broadneck (7-3) had problems moving the ball throughout, but one big play proved to be enough.
On third-and-10 from North County's 46-yard-line, quarterback Kyle Colleran threw a short pass to Zach Treakle, who took off down the left sideline. The ball got punched out of his hands at the 5 and rolled into the back of the end zone, where Mays fell on it with 4:59 left in the third quarter. Colby Erickson's extra point gave the Bruins a 7-0 lead.
North County got moving when putting in the "D-bone"/single-wing formation on its last drive. The Knights drove 77 yards in 10 plays, scoring when quarterback Travis Delizio scored from 1 yard out with 28.9 seconds left. Stevens then came in again and threw a short pass to Stedman Beatty on the right side, but Kroll and McGee stopped him at the 2.
No. 1 RIVER HILL 41, GLENELG 0: : Michael Campanaro rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another as the host Hawks (10-0) clinched their sixth straight Howard County championship.
No. 3 DUNBAR 26, PATTERSON 2: : Tavon Austin had two rushing touchdowns to power the visiting Poets (8-1).
No. 4 EASTERN TECH 61, PATAPSCO 8: : Joey Jones rushed for one touchdown and threw for two for the host Mavericks (10-0).
No. 8 WILDE LAKE 33, RESERVOIR 14: : Jerrel Epps rushed for two touchdowns to power the Wildecats (9-1) past the Gators (5-5).
No. 9 HEREFORD 49, KENWOOD 14:: The Bulls (8-2) received touchdowns from five players in their win over the visiting Bluebirds (6-4). Running back Nick DePaola had two scores.
No. 12 JOPPATOWNE 35, C. MILTON WRIGHT 6:: Epe Henriques rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Mariners (7-3) over the Mustangs (4-6) for the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship..
WESTERN TECH 36, OWINGS MILLS 0:: Barry Muller threw two touchdown passes to Lance Wilkes and rushed for two more scores as the Wolverines (4-6) defeated the visiting Eagles (0-10). It was Owings Mills' 50th straight loss dating to 2003.
EDMONDSON 38, LAKE CLIFTON 0:: Jerry Lovelock threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Red Storm (7-3) over the visiting Lakers (5-5). He also ran for a score.
WALBROOK 28, FOREST PARK 0: : Marcus Nickens and Victor McLaren connected for two touchdowns to lift the host Warriors (5-5) over the Foresters. Nickens threw a 75-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and a 25-yarder in the fourth.
SOUTHWESTERN 16, SOUTHSIDE 6: : The visiting Sabres (3-7) held the Jaguars to less than 100 yards of offense. Ed Brown had a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
DIGITAL HARBOR 21, CARVER 20: : Trailing 20-14 with 10:34 left in the game, the Rams (4-6) put together a 12-play, 80-yard drive to beat the Bears (0-10). Anthony Drumgoole caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Gary Brannon and Billy Donaldson converted the extra point for Digital Harbor.
NORTHWESTERN 46, BANKS 14: : Terrance West rushed for 283 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats (9-1) defeated the visiting Lions (2-8).
MERVO 19, REGINALD LEWIS 8: : The visiting Mustangs moved into the fourth spot in the Class 3A South playoffs with the win.
ST. PAUL'S 19, BOYS' LATIN 17: : The visiting Crusaders (7-3) jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter en route to the win. Troy Jones ran for 137 yards. St. Paul's is tied for first in the B Conference with Curley (8-3) and St. Mary's.
ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 35, JOHN CARROLL 0: : Terrence Dandridge had 14 carries for 138 yards, and the host Friars (8-3) shut out the Patriots (6-4).
BEL AIR 21, EDGEWOOD 0:: Freshman RB Jay Delgado scored his first varsity touchdown as the Bobcats (3-7) defeated the visiting Rams (2-8).
LOCH RAVEN 18, OVERLEA 14:: John Flesher's touchdown catch with four minutes left allowed the Raiders (4-6) to beat the host Falcons (5-5).
ABERDEEN 43, PERRYVILLE 0:: Andre Young rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown to lead the Eagles (5-5) over the host Panthers (4-6).
ATHOLTON 54, OAKLAND MILLS 26:: Jake Stull rushed for 230 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders (3-7) defeated the host Scorpions.