In a must-win situation Friday night to stay alive in the Class 4A East playoff race, Broadneck played one of its best games of the season. The Bruins' offense marched up and down the field, and the defense made several big stops in a 44-38 upset of No. 4 Old Mill.
But the celebration was short-lived as Annapolis beat North County, 41-14, to claim the fourth and final playoff spot.
Old Mill saw its eight-game winning streak end and will likely enter the playoffs as a third seed behind top-ranked Arundel and North Point of Waldorf.
"We always improve near the end of year," Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick said. "That's the hard part as a coach because you want to play your best ball going into the playoffs, but we won't have that opportunity."
Broadneck (8-2) was led by junior Ron VanMeter, who carried the ball 27 times for 159 yards. Old Mill (8-2) again relied on Josh Furman, who had 234 yards on 17 carries, and touchdown runs of 50 and 59 yards.
"We were just focused on the game, and we weren't worried about anything else," VanMeter said. "We just needed to win today. That's what we had to do first."
With Old Mill having trailed for much of the game, Furman tied it at 31 early in the fourth quarter by breaking a 59-yard run through the right side. Broadneck quarterback Nick Storey answered with a 4-yard run. The Bruins extended the lead when Domenick Johnson returned a fumble 80 yards with just under three minutes left.
Old Mill got within six points with 1:01 left on a 31-yard strike from Joe Thornton to Brian Randolph but could get no closer.
"We're in a position to play in Week 11, so we have to stop our crying and get ready on Monday," Old Mill coach Damian Ferragamo said.
The Bruins got off to a good start by attacking on offense. Storey threw a 21-yard pass to Kevin Brown and Deontray Lee ran 10 yards, and Broadneck led 14-3 with 1:30 left in the opening quarter.
Old Mill answered 20 seconds later when a 53-yard run by Furman set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Clements. The Patriots took the lead on the first play of the second quarter on a 50-yard run by Furman.
Broadneck's offense answered when James Mullis found Zach Treakle for a 17-yard touchdown and a 21-17 lead at the half.
The Bruins put Old Mill into a bigger hole when Brian Hanratty intercepted a pass from Joe Thornton and ran 28 yards for a 28-17 lead.
After the Bruins fumbled on their own 27-yard line, Furman made them pay five plays later with a 3-yard run to cut the margin to four with 4:10 remaining in the third quarter.
OM 10 7 7 14 - 38
B 14 7 10 13 - 44 B-Brown 21 pass from Storey (Greene kick)
OM-Cummings 28 kick
B-Lee 10 run (Greene kick)
OM-Clements 5 run (Cummings kick)
OM-Furman 50 run (Cummings kick)
B-Treakle 17 pass from Mullis (Greene kick)
B-Hanratty 28 interception (Greene kick)
OM-Furman 3 run (Cummings kick)
B-Greene 27 kick
OM-Furman 59 run (Cummings kick)
B-Storey 4 run (Greene kick)
B-Johnson 80 fumble recovery (kick failed)
OM-Thornton 31 pass to Randolph