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MORE PHOTOS: Broad Run explodes for 28 fourth-quarter points in comeback win over Tuscarora

Luke Lindenfeldar hauls in a touchdown pass from Mitch Griffis to start Broad Run’s fourth-quarter rally.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser
The fourth quarter wound down to less than 10 minutes remaining, though little had changed on the scoreboard since the clock had begun ticking. A defensive struggle was ensuing at Broad Run High School, where the host Spartans were engaged in battle with Potomac District foe Tuscarora.

The Huskies' 15-yard touchdown pass four minutes into the second quarter - an improvised connection between a scrambling Justin Allen and space-finding receiver Taye Davis - had been the sole reason to rearrange the scoreboard lights.

At the moment Tuscarora tallied again, with a little less than 10 minutes left in regulation - when a consecutive pair of Adam Thorne receptions went for 63 yards to set up Allen's short sneak across the goal - it looked like a different story was about to be written.

With a sudden flick of the wrist, however, the Spartans (2-0) totally flipped the script.

"Nobody was pointing fingers," said Broad Run head coach Matt Griffis. "Everybody was calm, we were fine. And then when we got the opportunity to get the ball back down 12-0, we made some great plays."

A light rain began to fall over the Ashburn night. Kick returner Detwaun Turner looked up into those drops to catch the post-touchdown kickoff, corralled it and took off, racing back across midfield to set up the Spartans 36 yards from their first points.

Broad Run quarterback Mitch Griffis wasted no time finding those points. The sophomore evaded Tuscarora's heavy rush, stepped up, found a man and let loose a lightning-quick release that hurled the football some 100 feet through the rain, dropping straight into the breadbasket of receiver Luke Lindenfeldar.

"They were kind of daring us to throw, so we put in some exotic formations," Matt Griffis explained. "They could either defend the exotic formation or defend the run. Our quarterback made good decisions, our kids blocked well. Our receivers, 'The Bully Squad,' they blocked really well tonight."

Moments later, the Huskies (1-1) flubbed the Spartans' kickoff, handing it back to Broad Run at the 10. On the first play, sophomore running back Tim Baldwin strolled in as the seas parted before him.

The Spartans turned a 12-point deficit into a two-point lead in the span of 13 seconds.

They weren't done. After forcing the Huskies to punt, Griffis stuffed it into Baldwin's gut again and again for clock-melting runs. On 3rd and 1 from the 11, Baldwin gained first-down yardage but refused to go down, steamrolling all the way to the end zone.

A minute and a half later, with a minute to go, Baldwin completed his fourth-quarter hat trick with a short rushing score, capping the Spartans' sudden comeback.

"I got to give it to my o-line. You saw those holes open up," said Baldwin, author of seven rushing touchdowns after two games. "I just took it to the house with the holes they gave me."

The head coach attributed much credit to his defense. By getting consistent penetration into the offensive backfield, the Spartans kept the Huskies to 12 points after Tuscarora racked up 35 in its Week 1 matchup.

"Our defense never quit. We told them to just survive to the next down, to keep forcing them to make plays," Griffis said.

Senior defensive end Stephen Harrison was all over the field, bringing down two sacks and two tackles for loss.

"We just never gave up, even when we were down," he said. "This gives us a lot of confidence, that we know that as a team we have what it takes to be conference champs again this year."

Turnovers played a key role in the contest. In the first half, Broad Run halted itself twice in the red zone, first when a tipped pass was picked off, then again when a fumble at scrimmage was recovered by the Huskies' Will Moore.

Tuscarora did itself no favors with a pair of fourth-quarter giveaways, recovered by Broad Run's Xavier Johnson and Zangar Smith.

Except for two carries near the end of the first half, the Huskies were without the services of starting senior running back Jaylon Lundy, limited with a hamstring issue.

Penalties hurt Tuscarora too, as three fourth-and-short scenarios were turned into fourth-and-long attempts due to infractions.

"I think it's clear we're a good football team. I felt like we outplayed them for more than three quarters, on both sides of the ball," said Tuscarora head coach Michael Burnett. "But we needed to finish drives, probably should've had a bit bigger lead. We really didn't respond very well."

With the season just two weeks old, the Spartans already own two Potomac District victories. Broad Run handled Potomac Falls 25-6 in Week 1.

"We're now 2-0 in the [district]," Griffis said with a note of pride. "No one else can say that."

Broad Run sophomore phenom Tim Baldwin rushed for three touchdowns in the 28-12 win over Tuscarora.--Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Broad Run fans erupt following a Spartans' touchdown in the fourth quarter.--Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Broad Run 28, Tuscarora 12

-Second quarter
T: Allen 15 pass to Davis (Skrikanich kick missed) 7:59

-Fourth quarter
T: Allen 1 run (Allen pass failed) 9:54
BR: Griffis 33 pass to Lindenfeldar (Buri kick) 8:45
BR: Baldwin 10 run (Buri kick) 8:32
BR: Baldwin 11 run (Buri kick) 2:30
BR: Baldwin 3 run (Buri kick) 1:08

Offensive stat leaders

-Rushing - BR: Baldwin (25-167-3); T: Adjei (17-37), Lundy (2-12)

-Passing - BR: Griffis (14 of 18 for 157 yards, TD, Int.); T: Allen (21 of 35 for 250 yards, TD, Int.)

-Receiving - BR: Lindenfeldar (2-71-1), Turner (5-27), Brazina (2-21), Drake (2-19); T: Davis (5-58, 1 TD), Thorne (3-74), Jenkins (6-54), West (4-48), Coombs (2-15)

-Photos by Rick Wasser


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