Broadneck 27, Old Mill 24
This is how a streak becomes a curse.
For the seventh time in a row, Broadneck beat Old Mill, 27-24, last night in double overtime in the Maryland 4A East Region final. Chris Desautels's 20-yard field goal was the difference as the Bruins extended their winning streak in the Anne Arundel County rivalry thanks to a set of circumstances Old Mill players deemed "miraculous."
Broadneck came back from a 10-point deficit with 6 minutes 30 seconds to play in regulation; Desautels made a 46-yard field goal to tie the game with 56 seconds left; Tony Marino, the quarterback, completed a game-saving touchdown pass on fourth down in the first overtime.
The Bruins advanced to the 4A semifinals. They will host the winner of today's game between C.H. Flowers and Suitland on Friday night.
"It feels like we're not meant to beat them," said Old Mill running back Ryan Callahan, who ran 34 times for 218 yards and a touchdown. "For a lot of this game, I thought we had it won. I thought we were moving on to the semis. I still can't believe it."
Oddly enough, Callahan -- who ran for a county-record 2,392 yards this season -- launched Broadneck on its comeback. With Old Mill ahead 17-14, Callahan fumbled in Broadneck territory with 2:33 left. The Bruins drove 35 yards to set up Desautels's long kick, which sailed easily through the middle of the uprights with less than a minute to play.
"Honestly, I just blacked everything out of my head so I wouldn't be nervous," said Desautels, the state's career leader in field goals made with 22. "I knew I had the leg to hit it."
Said Callahan: "Before the kick, I thought: 'No way. This game is ours.' "
Callahan and Old Mill felt similarly secure in the first overtime. Old Mill quarterback John Brown scored on a sneak from the 1-yard line, and Steve Holmes made the extra point. Needing seven points to force another overtime, Broadneck gained three yards on three plays. Then, on fourth down, Marino took a three-step drop and threw a touchdown pass to David Yarbrough.
"Like usual," Marino said, "we made the big play when we needed it, even when it seemed unlikely."
The game finished just as improbably: A 27-yard field goal try by Old Mill's Holmes smacked off the right goalpost and went wide. Desautels then made a kick to win the game for Broadneck.
Desautels's final field goal sent several thousand fans onto the Broadneck field. The Patriots players, almost unanimously, collapsed on their sideline. A few minutes later, they trudged to the locker room and cursed what they called "crazy bad luck."
"It was an amazing set of plays that won us this game," Broadneck Coach Jeff Herrick said. "They played so great that we were just happy to get into overtime. This is a pretty unbelievable win."