After last week’s 31-7 loss to Old Mill, Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick had to come up with a different game plan, or his Bruins squad would be one and done in the 2010 MPSSAA playoffs. As far as adjustments go, Herrick and his assistants made all the right changes. The Bruins defense held Old Mill star running back Demmond Brown in check, while quarterback James Mullis came up with two big scoring passes to Darnell Solomon, to lead Broadneck to the 16-14 upset victory over the Patriots in a class 4A east regional semifinal played at Bob Golliday Memorial Field on the campus of Old Mill.
Broadneck, which relies strongly on the ground game, had no other choice but to go to it’s best athlete when it got behind 14-3 with a little over 7 minutes left to go in the 3rd quarter. The first scoring pass came when Mullis threw a pass down the left hand side that the 6’5” Solomon tipped away from defender Caleb Brown, and then hauled in, followed by him streaking down the side line for a 66 yard touchdown, which got the Bruins within 14-10.
The score remained the same until the Broadneck defense came up with the play that gave them hope. With Old Mill driving in the 4th quarter for what would have proven to be a nearly insurmountable 11 point lead the Patriots were at the Bruins 31 yard line facing a 4th and 2 yards. Oddly enough the Patriots chose to give the ball to Rob Chesson instead of workhorse Brown, and the Bruins defense came up with the stop they needed, leaving Chesson 1 yard short of the first down.
With 8:56 left to play and down by 4, the Bruins mounted their winning drive. They pounded the ball up the middle with Mullis and running back Grant Harris, going from their own 30 to the Old Mill 39 yard line. Three times the Bruins faced a 3rd and 1 on the drive, and all three times Mullis got the first on runs right behind the center.
Then Mullis beat them with his arm.
With 3:45 to go Mullis dropped back and this time he looked down the right side line, once again for Solomon. Mullis heaved the ball high in the air to allow the taller Solomon to grab it before his defender could. The play worked to perfection, as Solomon out jumped Torie Wagner and then walked into the end zone for a 39 yard touchdown.
The Old Mill faithful was in silence.
Broadneck attempted a 2 point conversion, and got it, before it was called back for holding. The ensuing extra point attempt was ruined by a bad snap, and Broadneck led 16-14 with 3:37 left to play.
Old Mill drove down to the Broadneck 39 yard line before Dominique Jackson came up with a huge sack of Deonte Deshields for an 8 yard loss, which left the Patriots in a 4th and 13 situation. An attempted hook and ladder down the right side line was not successful, and Broadneck was left to run the clock out for the victory.
Mullis was extremely steady, as he ran 24 times for 68 yards, and completed 4 of his 7 passes for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. Solomon finished with 3 catches for 113 yards and the 2 touchdowns.
Old Mill was actually led offensively by Chesson, who scored both of the Patriots touchdowns. He got the Patriots on the board on their first offensive possession with a 5 yard touchdown run, and then gave them the 14-3 lead early in the second half with an electrifying 65 yard punt return for a score. Brown did finish with 107 yards rushing on 18 carries but did not score.
The only other scoring in the game came from Broadneck’s Adam Greene, who connected on a 38 yard field goal right before half time.
While the defending 4A champ Old Mill(9-2) is eliminated in round one, Broadneck(9-2) will now face Arundel next week in the East region final. Arundel defeated North Point 28-17, also this evening.