polo caps Broadneck Shane Davis is football player of the year
Those playing quarterback at Broadneck in recent years have had tough shoes to fill.
Not only did Shane Davis have to follow a quarterback who led the Bruins to a region title and is now on the roster at the Naval Academy, that quarterback happened to be his brother.
If Shane Davis felt any pressure following in the footsteps of his brother, Emmett, he certainly didn’t show it. The younger Davis just completed a record setting career for the Bruins, including a performance this year that earned him Capital Gazette Communications Player of the Year honors.
The 6 foot, 155 pound signal caller threw for 2,478 yards and 31 touchdowns this year. He helped the Bruins go unbeaten during the regular season to win the county championship. After an 11th straight win in the first round of the Class 4A East Region playoffs, their season was ended by North Point in the region final.
While Harris sends in the plays, the quarterback in Broadneck’s system still has some decisions to make. In most running plays, the quarterback has to read the defense to decide whether to keep the ball or pitch it. Other times, the quarterback actually has a run pass option.
“His decision making was through the roof,” Harris said. “We were able to do what we did because of Shane, and we were able to do it fast. He understood the signals and the protection. It was very impressive how fast he was able to process information and run the play.”
Emmett Davis led the Bruins to a region title in 2015. Shane Davis took over as the starter in 2016 and kept the tradition of high quality quarterback play at Broadneck, which includes Canaan Gebele, who was named Player of the Year in 2014 when he threw for 1,
793 yards and 27 touchdowns and added 542 on the ground and nine scores.
“Last year I felt a lot of pressure because everyone was comparing me to (Emmett),” Davis said. “This year, that went away.”
Like Gebele, Davis’ numbers improved in his second year in the system. Also like Gebele, Davis led the Bruins to an undefeated regular season to give the Bruins four unbeaten regular seasons since 1998. Davis was impressive in a playoff victory over Meade before the Bruins were knocked off by North Point in the region final.
“I improved so much,” Davis said. “The game slowed down for me and all the reps in practice helped me so much and made it a lot easier.”
It only seems like Talia Gabarra has been playing at Broadneck forever. Unfortunately for county, region and state opponents, she still has one year to go. He threw four touchdown passes in two of the games, including an 18 for 22, 275 yard four touchdown performance in the first half against the Falcons. He finished 22 for 26 for 352 yards and added another score on the ground for the Bruins.
He followed up that performance with 282 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over Arundel, then shook off an early interception that was returned for a touchdown and threw for 277 yards, two touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a victory over Old Mill.
“He went crazy in the five game stretch,” Harris said. “That was when we pulled away from the competition.”
After throwing for 301 yards in a victory over South River, Davis was kept out of the end zone but led a pair of late drives that helped the Bruins rally for a seven point victory over a Meade team that entered the game 6 1. Broadneck won its next three games by a combined 123 43 and held a 14 10 lead on North Point early in the third quarter of the region final before the Eagles scored the next 28 points to take command.
“I think we had a great year. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but I had a lot of fun and I was proud to be on the team this year,
” Davis said. “Toward the middle of the season I started to get more comfortable with my receivers and offensive line and I felt more comfortable in the pocket.”