Damascus 25, Broadneck 7

Before the start of the season, Damascus junior running back Sean Delaney had played in only four games. He is making up for lost time, providing the spark that helped lift the Hornets to a 25-7 victory last night over Broadneck in Maryland 4A quarterfinal game in Annapolis.

Delaney rushed for 139 yards on 21 carries and scored one touchdown for the Hornets. But more importantly, his performance established a strong running game for Damascus (8-2) that allowed them to open up a passing attack for its other three scores.

The Damascus defense also forced five turnovers as the team earned a semifinal date next week against the winner of today's Suitland-Parkdale game.

Delaney, who tore his medial cruciate ligament while playing for the junior varsity team last season, had been thrust into the Hornets' featured running back position in place of senior Jason Garey, who has suffered ankle injuries throughout the season.

"Sean has been a gem for us," said Damascus Coach Dan Makosy. "He has had to fill in for Jason, who has been hobbled, and it seems like we never miss a beat."

Maksoy entered the game with the first 10 plays scripted, but determined that the wet field conditions would not allow for much of a passing attack. So he immediately put the ball into Delaney's hands. Damascus took a 7-0 lead behind a 54-yard touchdown run by Delaney in the first quarter.

"We just knew that we had to run straight at them," Delaney said. "I didn't plan on being such a part of the offense, but it feels good."

The Hornets scored again in the opening minutes of the second quarter when junior quarterback Mike Moquin connected on a 27-yard touchdown to wide receiver Eric Kasch.

However, No. 20 Broadneck responded with a score when senior quarterback Freddie Steinmark threw an 80-yard pass to Eshawn Jones to cut the deficit to 12-7 with five minutes remaining in the half.

The Hornets went to the air once again, as Moquin found Kasch for another score, a 73-yard strike, with three minutes 57 seconds remaining before halftime that gave Damascus an 18-7 lead.

Moquin, too, has provided a spark for the Hornets, who are playing without injured starting quarterback Pat Flynn. Moquin sealed the victory with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Greg Fraizer with 7 minutes 50 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

"We just tried to execute the passing game when we had a chance," said Kasch, who finished with two catches for 100 yards. "With such a wet field, we knew that the running game was going to be what was going to get us in position."