Broadneck won all 10 regular season games last year before advancing to the Maryland 3A semifinals. This year, however, the Bruins needed to learn how to rebound from a loss.
The Bruins suffered two tough losses in their first four games this season, against Severna Park and North County. But Broadneck looked fine at Meade last night, forcing six turnovers and scoring the first 18 points en route to a 32-20 victory in an Anne Arundel County game.
The Bruins have rebounded with wins after both of their losses this season. Graduation hurt Broadneck (3-2, 3-2) in several areas, but the Bruins have shown they still are a strong team.
They quickly demonstrated that to Meade (0-5, 0-5), forcing fumbles on the Mustangs' first two possessions and taking an 11-0 lead just over eight minutes into the game.
"We came out with intensity," Broadneck Coach Jeff Herrick said. "We've had to bounce back, and we're really happy with what we did tonight."
Quarterback Ryan Eslin ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. Brian Williams caught two touchdowns as the Bruins turned the six turnovers into 18 points--five times gaining possession inside the Meade 40.
"I would have liked to have an 18-point cushion," Meade Coach Kenny Gray said. "They didn't earn those points."
The Broadneck defense started quickly. On the second play of the game, the Bruins recovered a botched pitch at the Meade 10. Tim Gappert kicked a 28-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead just 75 seconds into the game.
Meade's Kenny Rhames then fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Broadneck recovered at the Mustangs 21. Eslin (12 of 21, 132 yards) later sneaked in from a yard out with 6 minutes 44 seconds left. The Bruins got a break on the extra-point try as a bad snap sailed to kicker Gappert, who threw a two-point conversion to Williams.
Meade then missed on fourth and four from the Broadneck 44, and Eslin subsequently threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Williams. Gappert's kick made it 18-0 with 1:05 left in the first quarter.
Laron Colbert threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Williams on an option play on the first series of the third quarter. Eslin made it 32-6 on a one-yard run after the Bruins recovered another Meade fumble.
Richard Redwood later ran for two touchdowns for Meade. Rhames ran for 87 yards, and quarterback Antwan Smith completed 7 of 16 passes for 150 yards for the Mustangs.