Big second half sets No. 7 Broadneck up for Anne Arundel County football showdown with Old Mill; Ehrlich throws 3 TD passes


by Trevor Colgan

Special to VSN

Josh Ehrlich stood close to his own endzone, both hands extended high.

He was watching Machi Evans sprint down the home sideline on his way to an 88-yard touchdown run off a jet sweep midway through the fourth quarter, effectively sealing No. 7 Broadneck High’s 48-14 win over Severna Park on Friday night at Lawrence E. Knight Stadium in Cape St. Claire.

Evans’ touchdown was part of the Bruins 41 unanswered points, with 34 of those coming in the second half. 

“That was sick,” said Ehrlich, the Bruins’ dual-threat quarterback. “This team is awesome, we’re so unselfish.”

In winning its sixth straight, Broadneck (6-1 overall) remains perfect (5-0) in Anne Arundel County play with a matchup with No. 11 Old Mill this coming Friday night in Cape St. Claire. Old Mill improved to 6-0 in league (6-1 overall) with a 48-14 rout of Glen Burnie Friday evening.

The Bruins turned what was thought to be a quality tuneup for next week’s showdown into a rout in the second half. 

Broadneck started the half with the ball, and capped a five-and-a-half minute drive with a Kyle Pierce touchdown from seven yards out. Logan Provan got the ball back for the Bruins with an interception and returned it to the 1-yard line. 

Davion White punched it in from four yards out two plays later. Pierce scored his second touchdown of the third quarter as time expired on an 18-yard pass from Ehrlich.

Evans ran his long touchdown and White scored from seven yards out to cap the triumphant second half for the Bruins. 

Broadneck coach Rob Harris said his team went back to its M.O.

“Discipline, efficient and explosive,” Harris said.

Friday started well for the Bruins. Ehrlich hit Eli Harris for a 55-yard touchdown, but the Falcons (5-2, 5-2 Anne Arundel) struck back.

LJ Cooper ran it in from a yard out and Seamus Patenaude found Chad Brown for a 34-yard touchdown, giving Severna Park a 14-7 advantage in the second quarter. Broadneck tied the game before the half with a 21-yard pass from Ehrlich to Evans.

“We had an idea of what we wanted to do,” Severna Park coach Mike Wright said. “We were able to execute it. Everybody was rallying to the ball on defense.”

But Wright knew there was still 24 minutes to go.

“We knew it was going to be a heavyweight fight,” Wright said. 

After a sloppy first half filled with flags (15), and lack of offense, the Bruins flipped the script.

They scored every way. Long, efficient drives with fourth down conversions. Quick scores. Strong defense, forcing multiple turnovers. 

It started with Ehrlich, who pressed less in the second half.

“He had a great message in the locker room to rally the kids pretty well,” Harris said. “He’s ridiculous. He can run, he can throw, he can lead. He’s a hell of a player.”

Ehrlich is always quick to praise his team. And on Friday, he saw how it will build moving forward.

“Today, with a little adversity, it was a big stepping stone for us,” Ehrlich said.

No. 7 Broadneck 48, Severna Park 14

Broadneck 7 7 21 13 — 48

Severna Park 0 14 0 0 — 14

First quarter

Broadneck- Eli Harris 55 pass from Josh Ehrlich (Christopher Coleman kick)

Second quarter

Severna Park- LJ Cooper 1 run (Trey Smack kick)

Severna Park- Chad Brown 34 pass from Seamus Patenaude (Smack kick)

Broadneck- Machi Evans 21 pass from Ehrlich (Coleman kick)

Third quarter

Broadneck- Kyle Pierce 7 run (Ryan Della kick)

Broadneck- Davion White 4 run (Coleman kick)

Broadneck- Pierce 18 pass from Ehrlich (Della kick)

Fourth quarter

Broadneck- Evans 88 run (Coleman kick)

Broadneck- White 7 run (kick failed)