Broadneck 30, Arundel 0
They waited through two 30-minute lightning delays, a tornado watch and a three-day postponement for, basically, nothing.
Officially, Broadneck's 14th-ranked football team beat Arundel last night, 30-0. But the Bruins really won this game Friday, when they jumped ahead, 13-0, before officials postponed the game midway through the second quarter.
Despite quieter weather and a quieter Broadneck crowd, visiting Arundel (2-1) never could come back last night to scare the Bruins, who moved to 3-0 and affirmed their status as Anne Arundel's dominant power.
"At this point in the year, we're playing well in every phase of the game," Broadneck Coach Jeff Herrick said. "I really like where we're headed."
Arundel came into the game with the area's most productive quarterback (Nick Palmer) and tailback (Jimmy Rhodes), but its offense sputtered early Friday.
The Wildcats suffered an interception, two fumbles and four plays for a loss -- all in the game's first 10 minutes.
Predictably, Broadneck's all-state kicker Chris Desautels capitalized best.
The 6-foot-4 senior put Broadneck ahead late in the first quarter with a 43-yard field goal made into gusting winds and driving rain. He followed that with a perfect 26-yarder five minutes later.
But Desautels saved his best for last night. He intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter. And, for an encore, he split the uprights on a 46-yard field goal, setting a Broadneck record and sending some teammates jumping onto the field in celebration.
"It was my best game ever, and I'm loving it," Desautels said. "I'm feeling just so confident right now. My leg feels great. Everything feels great."
Desautels's 43-yarder on Friday "really gave them an advantage," Arundel Coach Chuck Markiewicz said last night. "That gave them a lot of momentum."
And even three days proved insufficient time for Arundel to recover. Desautels intercepted Palmer's first pass last night and the Wildcats failed to get more than one first down on any drive after that.
Broadneck's defense suffocated the Wildcats' wide receivers, causing Arundel's possessions to follow a similar pattern: a one-yard run, two incomplete passes and a punt.
"Our defense," Broadneck quarterback Tony Marino said, "is just plain nasty."
Broadneck's offense, meanwhile, turned the game into a blowout late in the third quarter. Within two minutes, tailback Brandon Johnson scored on a 15-yard run and Marino threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Johnson.
"To blow out a team like Arundel, a good team, that says something about us," Desautels said. "We can compete with anybody right now, if you ask me. Every single game, our team just keeps getting better and better."