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Broadneck football stakes claim to 4A East with 42-14 win over Arundel

The path to the playoffs has become much clearer for the Broadneck football team.

In a battle of the last two unbeaten teams in Anne Arundel County and the Class 4A East Region, the No. 6 Bruins broke open game that was close through one quarter and rolled to a 42-14 victory over No. 2 Arundel on Friday.

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Broadneck (8-0) would clinch the top spot in the region with wins in its final two games. The Bruins will host No. 13 Meade next week before closing the regular season at home against Glen Burnie.

"I told the kids this week that if we win we control home-field advantage," Broadneck coach Rob Harris said. "The kids took it and ran with it."

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Canaan Gebele threw for 228 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair to Roy Toomer in the first half that helped break the game open. Gebele had 175 yards passing in the first half, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Alec Ruden that made it 28-7. Gebele also ran for a score.

"We definitely got into our rhythm early," Gebele said. "It's our second year in this offensive scheme and we're really getting the hang of things. Once we get rolling, we're hard to stop."

Broadneck's defense, which came into the game giving up an average of 10.4 points per game, intercepted Arundel quarterback Anthony Messenger twice in the first half.

The Bruins were forced to punt following Ryan Kennedy's interception, but Will Schwob's pick on the Wildcats' next possession led to Gebele's first touchdown pass to Toomer.

Ali'i Niumatalolo added an interception in the second half for the Bruins.

Jake Skinner, who had five tackles for losses in the first half, also blocked a punt that led to Toomer's second score. He also pressured punter Isaiah Watson into a 14-yard kick that led to Ruden's touchdown.

"I just tried to think of a bad memory and get mad and get to that punter," Skinner said. "On the first one, I would have had it, but I've never been in that situation before. But, the second time, I made it happen."

The Bruins took a 35-7 halftime lead and added to it when Chris Watts made a diving, one-handed grab in the end zone for a 17-yard score that made it 42-7 with 3:16 left in the third and forced a running clock.

The Wildcats finally ended a 33 minute, 35 second scoreless drought when Larry Barnes scored from seven yards out early in the fourth.

Arundel (7-1) will play at Chesapeake-AA next week before closing the season at Meade for the Jerry Mears trophy. If the Wildcats lose one of those games, they could find themselves needing help to get into the playoffs. North Point and Meade each came into play Friday with one loss, while Old Mill hasn't lost since Week 2 and is 6-2.

6 Broadneck 42, 2 Arundel 14

First Quarter

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BN — Gebele 1-yard run (Coffey kick)

AR — Taylor 19-yard pass from Messenger (Burns kick)

BN — B. Watts 23-yard run (Coffey kick)

Second Quarter

BN — Toomer 32-yard pass from Gebele (Coffey kick)

BN — Ruden 16-yard pass from Gebele (Coffey kick)

BN — Toomer 4-yard pass from Gebele (Coffey kick)

Third Quarter

BN — C. Watts 17-yard pass from Gebele (Coffey kick))

Fourth Quarter

AR — Barnes 7-yard run (Burns kick)

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