Eagles outshine the Bruins in a 38-22 victory
by Pat O’Malley
Broadneck ran into possibly the best quarterback they have faced all season, in addition possibly the best down lineman on the other side of the football, and watched their perfect season and playoff goals go up in flames in Cape St. Claire Friday Night.
In a matchup of 11-0 teams, the VSN’S No. 2 ranked Bruins became the victims of a strong second half by the visiting North Point Eagles from Charles County at Lawrence Knight Stadium and went down 38-22 in the Class 4A East Region final. Only North Point’s third playoff win in school history gave the Eagles their first region crown that is perennially won by an Anne Arundel County team.
“Winning the region is huge for us,” said the Eagles’ fourth-year coach Tom Petre, whose team will likely host next week’s state semifinal. “We set goals early and winning the region was one of our goals. Rob (Harris, Bruins’ coach) does a fantastic job and there is a lot of familiarity between the two teams.”
North Point eliminated Arundel, 20-19 in the region semis last week and Broadneck was seeking its 8th region title overall.
Senior quarterback Jermichael Jones was spectacular against one of the metro area’s top defensive units in the Bruins. Jones ran for over 100 yards and passed for over 100 yards in keeping with his season long stats of over 1,000 yards each in rushing and passing.
The 6-foot-0, 185 Jones’ athleticism, elusiveness and strength was on display as he ran for 101 yards and scored a crucial pair of second half TD’s from 23 and four yards out after Broadneck had taken a 14-10 lead to start the third period on Shane Davis’ second of three TD passes, a 38-yarder to Andre Woods.
“Their quarterback is the truth,” said Broadneck coach Rob Harris, who loses nine three-year varsity players who racked up seven playoff games, with seven of those guys on the defensive side. “He is more of a player than I thought. He is stronger than I thought and was tough to stop. And their No. 51 was something else.”
North Point’s No. 51 is 5-10, 195-pound down lineman Camron In was rarely moved by Bruin interior linemen as he constantly clogged up holes, ran down ball carriers and pressured quarterback Davis. In was the major reason that the Bruins’ standout junior running back Jason Carcamo was limited to under 70 yards rushing and that Davis, an extraordinarily accurate passer, was picked off three times and often hurried.
“That kid was all over the field and came up big for them,” said Harris, who took the blame for his team’s uncharacteristic offensive output. “We never got into rhythm because of him (In) and my play calling. I could have made better calls and I apologized to the kids afterwards.”
Harris was mainly referring to his play calling in the second half after his team took the lead following just one TD in the first half. The Eagles took the lead, 7-0 on their first possession of the game following an interception by Jonathan Riley at the Broadneck 36. It only took 7 plays for Joshua Crumb to score from the 5.
Broadneck would tie it up in the second period thanks to a successful fake-punt on a fourth-and-15 from the Eagles’ 43. Andre Woods took the fake 24 yards and a couple plays later Davis hit Ethon Williams on an 18-yard scoring play for six and Nicky Orofino converted for a 7-7 tie.
With 49 seconds left in the half, Evan Patterson’s 34-yard field goal gave North Point a 10-7 lead at intermission.
The Bruins took the lead at 14-10 on just their second play of the final 24 minutes as Davis connected with Woods from the 36-yard line for six points. Carcamo’s longest run of the game, 36 yards, set up the score. But it was short-lived as the Eagles got a 46-yard run by Crumb down to the Broadneck 23 from where Jones dodged and squirmed for a TD and Patterson’s kick made it 17-14.
Later, with 46 seconds before the start of the final period, Jones crashed into the end zone from the 4 and it was ditto Patterson on the kick to cap a six-play 51-yard drive to make it 24-14 Eagles.
With 8:15 remaining in the contest, the Eagles got an interception and short return from Chelen Garnes to the Broadneck 30. On the first play from scrimmage, Coach Petre went to his bag of tricks as Jones took the snap from center, pitched to Garnes who then found Malik Lawrence alone for a nifty TD pass.
“We are 3-for-3 on that play over the last four years and probably won’t use it again this year,” Pertre smiled.
The halfback option trick sealed the victory making it 31-14 Eagles.
A 38-yard interception return to pay-dirt by Lawrence with just 2:50 left capped the North Point scoring and Davis was still firing away at the end, hitting Phil Ristaino for a 43-yard score plus a 2-point conversion pass to Tyler Vermillion to close out all the scoring.
Linebackers, junior Matt McAllister and senior Steven Jacobs played well for the Bruins.
“I love these kids, they were a special group,” said the classy Harris.
CLASS 4A EAST REGION FINAL
NORTH POINT 38, No. 2 BROADNECK 22
North Point (12-0) – 7 3 14 14 – 38
Broadneck (11-1) – 0 7 7 8 – 22
NP – Joshua Crumb 5-yard TD run (Evan Patterrson kick)
B – Shane Davis to Ethon Williams 18-yard TDP (Nicky Orofino kick)
NP – Patterson 34-yard field goal
B – Davis to Andre Woods 36-yard TDP (Orofino kick)
NP – Jermichael Jones 23-yard TDR (Patterson kick)
NP – Jones 4-yard TDR (Patterson kick)
NP – Jones to Chelen Garnes to Malik Lawrence 30-yard TDP (Patterson kick)
NP – Lawrence 38-yard interception return (Patterson kick)
B – Davis to Phil Ristaino 43-yard TD pass (Davis to Tyler Vedrmillion 2-pt. conversion pass)