AA Region II Division 4 final

Broad Run regains form, beats Sherando

By Matt Brooks
Saturday, November 28, 2009

One week after allowing a season-high 27 points to Liberty, defending AA Division 4 state champion Broad Run returned to form with an emphatic 36-13 victory over visiting Sherando in Friday's Region II Division 4 final.

The third-ranked Spartans (12-0) were none too pleased with their effort in the region semifinal but came out determined to prove why they remain the team to beat in their division. With a heavy dose of senior tailback T.J. Peeler and a swarming defense, Broad Run dominated the first half, outgaining the Warriors 231-11.

"Last week, for the first time in a long time, I think another team played with more passion than we did," Broad Run Coach Michael Burnett said. "They really came out focused and energetic, and it's the kind of team we're usually proud to see."

Peeler got the Spartans on the board in the first quarter, capping a short drive with a two-yard dive over the top of the line. With just less than two minutes remaining in the first half, sophomore quarterback Connor Jessop connected with senior wideout Adrian Flemming for a nine-yard score, and after an onside kick, Jessop snuck in from one yard to give Broad Run a 21-0 lead at the half.

Defensively, the Spartans smothered Sherando at the point of attack, stuffing running plays at the line of scrimmage and pressuring senior quarterback Corey Rice. The Warriors (9-3) were held to a single first down in the opening half.

"We flew around tonight," senior defensive lineman Frank Foreman said. "We fly to the ball. We just came out and played smash-mouth football, and that's how we play at Broad Run."

Broad Run went right back to work after the break, recovering another onside kick to start another drive in Sherando territory. On the first play from scrimmage, Peeler rumbled 45 yards up the middle for his second of three touchdowns on the night.

The Warriors finally got on the board at the start of the fourth quarter when Jessop was sacked and fumbled, and Dimitri Luck picked up the ball for a 13-yard touchdown. Sherando scored once more in the final two minutes but never threatened to make it close.

Peeler finished with 159 yards on 26 carries, and Jessop, who has come on in the last few weeks, completed 7 of 13 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown with one interception. The Spartans' defense forced three turnovers and held the Warriors to two yards per carry on 25 rushing attempts.

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