Late interception helps preserve No. 14 Arundel's 10-6 victory over No. 16 Broadneck
When Arundel cornerback Jonathan Haskett was beaten on a fade route in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's game against No. 16 Broadneck, he didn't slam his helmet, swear or display any visible signs of frustration after allowing the 42-yard completion that gave Broadneck the ball at the Arundel 26.
Haskett simply made sure the long pass didn't matter.
Four plays later, Haskett made a leaping interception in the end zone, which preserved a 10-6 win on a rainy night in Annapolis and kept the 14th-ranked Wildcats undefeated.
"I knew they were going to come after me again, so I just read it and made the play," Haskett said. "I had to bounce back."
The interception was emblematic of many resilient performances by Arundel players on this night. Running back Joseph Blackwell, who totaled only 12 yards in the opening half, ripped off a 34-yard run in the third quarter and finished with 164 yards on 17 carries.
Blackwell also counseled quarterback Nick Rosati, who tossed his first two interceptions of the season while completing only 10 of 24 passes for 72 yards.
"At halftime, I was like, 'Nick, how many incompletions do you think you have? He was like, 'Uh?' I told him that nobody cares; it's a new half. You can't pay attention to what happened in the past."
The past, though, was about all Arundel (3-0) had to brag about for a while. The Wildcats began the night with a trick play on the opening kickoff, as Gary Cropper raced 80 yards around the left sideline to score the only points of the first half.
Things remained that way until Broadneck (2-1) put together an 11-play drive that stretched from the end of the third quarter and into the final period, finally scoring on a one-yard run by senior Ron Van Meter 30 seconds into the quarter. But the Bruins were unable to tie when their extra-point attempt sailed wide right.
Van Meter finished with 23 carries for 88 yards, while quarterback James Mullis had 19 for 65. Mullis also completed four of his 19 passes for 120 yards - but was intercepted three times. Wideout Darnell Solomon, who missed last week's 6-0 win over Meade with a turf toe injury, caught two passes for 101 yards, including the 42-yarder over Haskett.
After Michael Partilla's interception midway through the fourth, place kicker Wade Korvin converted a 24-yard field goal with 6 minutes 17 seconds left to make it 10-6 before Blackwell added the knockout punch on a 65-yard run with less than two minutes to go.