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2018-10-10 / Sports

O’Hara clinches championship appearance with win over Timon

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI Reporter

The Cardinal O’Hara football team checked off one of its goals Friday when the Hawks clinched a berth in the Monsignor Martin small schools championship game with a 35-8 victory over Bishop Timon at New Era Field. Since the Hawks have already defeated St. Mary’s, they are guaranteed to have a better record than either of those teams and will play the winner of next month’s semifinal between the teams.

“It’s great for us because we now clinched a berth right to the championship game, we get a bye,” Cardinal O’Hara coach Shaq Dudley said. “We’ll have a chance to get a little rest and recovery so we can do the ultimate goal, which is to win a championship.”

Cardinal O’Hara dominated on offense, moving the ball with ease through the air and on the ground. Jamall Lewis Jr. carried the ball 21 times for 139 yards and a score, while Brandon Broadnax had 11 attempts for 35 yards and a touchdown. Broadnax also had four catches for 101 yards. Jermaine Haynes had three catches for 54 yards and a score, while Justin Hemphill had two receptions for 60 yards. CJ Masters was 10-21 for 241 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

“Today I think we had the pass going and we had the run going,” Broadnax said. “I was able to run good and catch good. He just put it where I could get the ball and we made plays.”

The Hawks started a little slow with an interception, a turnover on downs and a fumble on the first three drives. But they forced Timon into two punts and a turnover on downs. The last punt set up O’Hara with tremendous field position. Soon after taking over on offense, Haynes hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass from CJ Masters to put the Hawks up 6-0.

Broadnax would make it 14-0 early in the second quarter after Matthew Buckley recovered a fumble inside the 5, with a 4-yard run and a two-point conversion run by Lewis. After another failed offensive possession from Timon, O’Hara drove down field and scored on a Masters pass to Justin Hemphill from 11 yards out to go to half up 21-0.

Early in the third quarter, Timon got deep into O’Hara territory threatening to score. But on a throw to the end zone, Broadnax came up big with an interception.

“I saw the receiver tap his helmet so I thought ‘it’s a corner route.’ I didn’t have anyone to cover, so I just read the quarterback and ran over there and got the interception,” Broadnax said.

Lewis would make it 28-0 on a 10-yard run in the third quarter. Timon finally got on the board with 9:20 left in the game when Mitchell Theal hit Jake Blidy for a 28-yard touchdown. But the Hawks came right back with a 49-yard pass from Masters to Hemphill.

One major theme of the game was third-down conversions. The Hawks converted a high percentage of the time, even on 3rd-and-16 and 3rd-and-22 situations. They seemed to have the right play whenever they were in that situation. Conversely, Timon could not convert on third or fourth down as the defense really clamped down.

“It was just execution,” Broadnax said. “It helps sometimes when you get a little bit lucky.”

The Hawks’ defensive line, led by Stephen Boyd, was all over Timon’s running game. They held the Tigers to negative rushing yards and forced them to throw for most of the last three quarters. Boyd had 1.5 sacks, Marty Latko, Nigel Williams and Jorden Bynes each had one while Hemphill had half a sack. Lewis led the way with seven tackles, three of which went for a loss. Haynes had seven stops, while Hemphill had 5.5 and Broadnax had five.

“I thought we played pretty well,” Dudley said. “I thought we had a chance to make more plays as far as some sacks and tackles for loss. There were some opportunities there. I thought the bright lights might have gotten to us a little bit. But it was a great time and a great experience for the kids. It was all smiles for everybody. Our front four deserves all the credit. We played up there. We have two seniors and two juniors that are veteran players. Stephen Boyd is a grown man out there. He goes out there and makes plays. He makes everyone better.”

The Hawks will next take the field Saturday when they host Bishop Gilman of Baltimore. They’re now 4-2 on the season, more games than they won the last two seasons combined. Regardless of how the rest of the season turns out, the team will have a championship game to look forward to.

“That is an honor,” Broadnax said. “I’m so blessed to get this opportunity. We’ve been losing; I’m just so happy to do this. I can’t wait to go.”

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