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  • (L-R) Tyrice Watson, Shane Davis and Jason Carcamo have helped Broadneck's explosive offensive carry the team to a 9-0 start.
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    (L-R) Tyrice Watson, Shane Davis and Jason Carcamo have helped Broadneck's explosive offensive carry the team to a 9-0 start.

As Playoffs Near, Bruins Continue To Roll

Dave Topp
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October 30, 2017

Throughout the 2017 regular season, the Broadneck football team has put up some gaudy offensive numbers. Quarterback Shane Davis, receiver Ethon Williams and a host of skilled players have averaged more than 43 points per game.

But now with the state playoffs just around the corner, the Bruins know they will need the offense, defense and special teams performing well to make a deep postseason run.

“You have to win two out of three [phases],” said Broadneck coach Rob Harris. “We feel good about the defense and special teams winning more times than not. If the offense can carry its own weight, we should be good to go.”

During an October 27 contest against Glen Burnie, Broadneck put all three phases on display en route to a 48-19 senior night victory. Davis tossed three touchdown passes, two to Williams, and the Bruins added two defensive touchdowns as well and a kickoff returned for a score.

PHOTO GALLERY: Broadneck football vs. Glen Burnie, 10.27.17

Along with touchdown catches of 13 and 17 yards respectively for Williams, the electric junior turned a jet sweep into a 36-yard rushing touchdown and returned a second-quarter kickoff 95 yards for a fourth score against the Gophers.

“I just find a hole and go through it,” Williams added.

Without injured receivers Tyler Vermillion and Trey Hanna, the rest of the receiver corps was called on to help carry the offensive load.

“We were banged up a little bit, so we had to make some changes, and I think we did well,” Davis said.

The Bruins were also aided by junior Tyrice Watson, who led the rushing attack with 58 yards, and senior receiver Chris Ignaczak, who caught a 27-yard touchdown pass.

“When we get all three [phases going], it’s usually a pretty big win,” Harris said.

Just one week removed from their come-from-behind win over Meade, in which Broadneck scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally from 21-14 down and win 28-21, the Bruins feel that challenge was just what they needed.

“I think that [Meade] game was great for us,” Davis said. “We needed some adversity before the playoffs. In the playoffs, you’re definitely going to have adversity.”

Coach Harris agrees with his quarterback.

“The season is a grind,” Harris said. “For our kids to bounce back like that and give a positive, great effort, we’re really excited about that. It shows a lot about our kids’ character.”

With the offense temporarily held in check against the Mustangs, the Bruins defense put on a show for the rest of the county to see.

“Being in a tight game like that for the first time really showed who we were and what we were capable of,” said senior Zach Doyle, who returned an interception for a touchdown against Glen Burnie. “That really proved to everybody and to us that we can close a tight game.”

The Bruins quest for an undefeated regular season will finish with a home contest against Annapolis, who defeated Broadneck twice last season – including in the 4A East region final.

“We’ve got a lot of guys back who were on that team last year and we have a little chip on our shoulder for Annapolis,” Davis said. “We feel like we need to pay them back for last year because they beat us twice. We’ll be ready.”

Broadneck and Annapolis will square off on November 3 at 6:30pm.

“Broadneck and Annapolis have a great rivalry,” Harris said.

A win for the Bruins would help lock up the top seed in the 4A East region playoffs.

“We can’t overlook them,” Williams said.

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