South River High football’s team came into Friday’s evening home game against Broadneck looking to continue its offensive juggernaut against the Bruins’ tough defense. It was the No. 6 Bruins who dominated, handing the Seahawks their first loss of the season, 33-0.
“I think that they’re out to prove something,” said Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick. “Last week they held Arundel to 10 points and this week we held them [South River] to nothing.”.
On an unseasonable warm late September evening, the Bruins (3-1 overall, 3-1 Anne Arundel County) cooled South River’s offense, causing two fumbles and picked off three passes of South River quarterback Shane Lee.
“If you get four plus turnovers you’re going to win any game,” said Broadneck quarterback James Mullis.
On the first drive for Broadneck, the Bruins used the triple option offense to create four first downs which ended in a one-yard Mullis touchdown run.
“To be honest I was lot more comfortable today,” said Mullis “The fact that I got everybody behind me it makes so much easier for me to play the game.”
The next Broadneck drive delivered another blow to the South River (3-1, 3-1 Anne Arundel) defense as Darnell Solomon gashed the Seahawks’ defense for a 78-yard touchdown run giving the Bruins a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.
South River’s running back Blane Klinerichert was held in check as the Broadneck defense limited the running game for the Seahawks. Midway through the second quarter, the Bruins defense made Klinerichert cough up the ball and took a punishing hit. Klinerichert didn’t return and the status of his injury is unknown.
The Bruins would score four minutes later on a 14-yard run by Trae Byes to put the Bruins up 19-0 at the half.
The game plan was to shut Blane [Kleinrichert] down and then he got injured,” said Dion Harris. “Then after that they started throwing on us, they [South River] got us at first but we just kept our heads in the game.”
In the second half, Broadneck wasted no time putting more points on the board as Justin Spencer took the opening kickoff 80 yards to put Broadneck up, 26-0.
“I know we had built up a big lead at halftime but that didn’t mean anything,” said Mullis. “But when that play happened that gave me a ton of confidence and I knew we [Broadneck] were going to win that game.”
Lee led South River from its own 26-yard line to the Bruins 25-yard line with four completions of 10 yards or more. The drive stalled as Harris picked off Lee in the end zone.
“What I saw on that play was perseverance.,” said Herrick. “[Harris] did a great job tonight, he bounced back and made some great plays.”
Broadneck punted the ball back to South River after six play drive which netted 38 yards as the Seahawks tried to avoid the shutout. The Seahawks started their next drive at the Broadneck 47-yard line and moved down to the Bruin 27. Once again, Harris snared in another interception.
“This is one of the best victories I had in long time because of last week and what we had to deal with this week with South River,” said Herrick.
Jesse Hoilan had a big night for South River as the senior wideout had nine receptions for 154 yards.
Broadneck returns to action next Friday against winless Glen Burnie while South River look to rebound against Northeast.
“It starts with a good week of practice, we can’t take any team for granted,” said Mullis, “Glen Burnie could come up big and we have to be prepared for that.”
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|No. 5 Broadneck 33, South River 0|
|B-Mullis 1 run (run failed)|
|B-Solomon 78 run (Greene kick)|
|B-Byes 14 run (run failed)|
B-Spencer 80 kickoff return (Greene kick)
|B-VanMeter 8 run (Greene kick)|