Trailing by two points with two minutes to go in an April 1 game against the Old Mill Patriots, Broadneck junior quarterback Josh Ehrlich completed his biggest pass of the night: a 17-yard touchdown strike to freshman wide receiver Eli Harris to complete the Bruins’ 21-15 comeback win.
It took nearly four quarters, but Ehrlich’s touchdown throw gave Broadneck their first lead of the game and one they held on to as the clock hit zero. It was the third touchdown of the game for the junior, who had two rushing and one passing, as Broadneck moved to 2-0 during the COVID-19 shortened spring season. Senior Rashid Proctor also contributed on the ground for the Bruins, breaking off runs of 64 and 59 yards en route to 120 total yards on the day on just 11 carries.
“Tonight told us that our kids can handle some adversity,” Broadneck head coach Rob Harris said. “We really put our back against the wall and we fought back.”
Things began poorly for the Bruins as an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone led to a safety, giving Old Mill a 2-0 lead with 17.5 seconds left in the first quarter. On the ensuing free kick, sophomore Daquan Dorsey returned it 77 yards to score the first touchdown of the contest. In a flash, Old Mill had a 9-0 lead.
Broadneck responded quickly in the second quarter, thanks in part to Proctor’s first big run of the day, as he rumbled 64 yards before being forced out of bounds at the Old Mill 2-yard-line. Ehrlich punched it in on a quarterback keeper and gave the Bruins their first score of the game. From there, the two teams would trade punches, with neither able to really connect, and Old Mill went into halftime with a 9-7 lead.
Another back-and-forth third quarter produced no points, but Old Mill ended the period in prime scoring position. Dorsey scored on a 1-yard run to give the Patriots a 15-7 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
“[Daquan] is going to be, I believe, another really good Old Mill back,” Patriots’ head coach Chad McCormick said. “It was really good for him to get his first scores here tonight.”
Following Dorsey’s second touchdown of the contest, Broadneck would take a stranglehold on the momentum, scoring the final 14 points of the game. Ehrlich found paydirt once again, this time from 8 yards out, but a failed two-point conversion left the Bruins trailing. Following a defensive stop, Ehrlich and company got the ball back with just over four minutes left. The third-year starter found Harris in the end zone, giving Broadneck the lead with 1:52 left. Old Mill’s comeback came up short and Broadneck walked out of Bob Golliday Field with the win.
“We had to earn this one,” Ehrlich said. “It was Broadneck grit in the fourth quarter. We came out and won it. Shoutout to Old Mill — they’re a great program, we were just the tougher team tonight.”