High School sports

Varsity Football Game of the Week: Meade (7-2) at No. 12 Broadneck (7-2)

When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Coaches: Rob Harris, Broadneck; Rich Holzer, Meade


Last meeting: Broadneck won, 31-24, last season



Broadneck: QB Grant Hudson, Sr. (57-for-113 passing for 823 yards, 9 TDs, 8 INTs); RB Duke Carter, Fr. (137 carries for 729 yards, 5 TDs); WR-DB James Garlington, Sr. (30 carries for 309 yards, 2 TDs; 15 catches, 345 yards, 6 TDs; 6 INTs); WR Zach Franco, Sr. (25 catches, 360 yards, 1 TD); DL Tommy Dyson, Sr.; K Adam Greene, Sr. (10 FGs, state record holder with 27 career FGs)

Meade: WR Anthony Watkins, Sr. (37 catches, 695 yards, 8 TDs); RB Kyle Evans, Jr. (113 carries, 849 yards, 7 TDs); LB-TE-FB Hunter Cox, Sr. (75 tackles; 3 catches, 22 yards, 1 TD; 5 carries, 19 yards, 2 TDs); OT Kevin Johnson, Sr.; DB-PR-WR Daivon Nixon, Sr. (35 tackles, 3 pass breakups, 2 punt ret. TDs; 22 catches, 225 yards, 3 TDs); DB-KR Korey Brooks, Sr. (38 tackles, 6 pass breakups, 6 kickoff ret. TDs)


For the second year in a row, a playoff berth could hinge on the outcome of this Anne Arundel County season finale. Last year, the Bruins won and advanced to the Class 4A East semifinals. This time, the winner will advance but the loser also might move on, depending on the outcome of the Old Mill-South River game. If No. 6 Old Mill beats No. 15 South River, both Broadneck and Meade will earn playoff spots, along with No. 4 Arundel and Old Mill, who already have clinched their berths. If South River pulls the upset over the defending Class 4A state champs, the Seahawks will advance along with the Broadneck-Meade winner.

Even if both of their teams make the postseason, Harris and Holzer want to go into the playoffs on a high note.

"The big thing is we want to win, because we want to be the No. 3 seed as opposed to No. 4," Holzer said. "It doesn't mean that much in the grand scheme of things, but you always want to go into the playoffs on a win."

Harris agreed: "The only way we can guarantee a playoff spot is a win. We could sneak in the back door, but nobody really wants to do that."

Both teams suffered their losses to Arundel and Old Mill. The Mustangs played Old Mill close, 28-18, while the Bruins fell, 35-7, in the season opener. Arundel handled both fairly easily — Meade, 40-9, and Broadneck, 47-17.


With a young team, the Bruins have won more close games, and they nipped Southern last week on Greene's 24-yard field goal with four seconds left. The Mustangs have won their last three games by a combined, 214-26.

Harris said Meade's team speed and athleticism will be a challenge. The Mustangs' two quarterbacks, Tyree Turner, primarily a passer, and Marcus Hicks, primarily a runner, have become more versatile, making it harder for the opposition to read each one's intentions.

Broadneck's defense, however, has a lot of different looks, Holzer said, which likely will give either Mustangs' offensive strategy a challenge.

The Bruins' option offense is centered on running the football, and Meade's defense is having great success against the run, holding Severna Park last week to 12 rushing yards in a 46-0 victory.

"I believe our defense will do well," Holzer said. "I think what it's going to come down to is we're still young on offense, and it's going to be how we execute offensively against that defense. That defense is excellent."

The game could come down to special teams and while Meade has an excellent return game, the Bruins have the edge in kicking with Greene, who puts most of his kickoffs in the end zone and has kicked a 54-yard field goal. The Mustangs had a good kicker to start the season, but his family moved, leaving them to go for a two-point conversion after almost every touchdown.


With his youth, Harris is most concerned about cutting down on mistakes.

"I think more than anything with this game, if you can limit turnovers in crucial situations, you can give yourself a chance to win," Harris said. "It could come down to special teams or it could come down to Adam [Greene]. They're high-tempo, high-paced, so we don't want to give them extra possessions with turnovers."


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