Charlie Wells shoulders the load for upstart Annapolis football

Not many players can say they directly accounted for a 14-point swing in two plays Friday night. Now Annapolis running back and safety Charlie Wells is one of them.

In the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ 33-6 win over Glen Burnie, Wells intercepted a pass in the end zone for a touchback and never left the field. On the very next play, he dashed 80 yards for his third touchdown of the game.

“To get an interception and then on our first offensive play run for 80 yards,” Coach Nick Good-Malloy said, “I think that kind of encapsules what he’s capable of doing.”

In three weeks, Annapolis (1-2) has already matched its win total from all of last season, and Wells is one of the reasons why. The 6-foot, 181-pound senior totaled 203 rushing yards Friday night and is averaging 7.75 yards per carry through three games.

“I always try to run with an aggressive mindset,” Wells said. “I want to take it to the house when I see daylight.”

Good-Malloy said that having a player like Wells has not changed his offensive philosophy, which has always revolved around running the ball and controlling the time of possession. It has, however, made that philosophy a whole lot easier to implement.

“He’s a hard runner where even if the defense makes contact at the line of scrimmage, he’s able to plow ahead and still get positive gains,” Good-Malloy said. “You don’t see a whole lot of negative runs. He’s usually getting positive yards every time he touches the ball.”

Wells was also one of the county’s top rushers last season. The biggest difference this year is that he is now playing both ways, spending nearly as much time in the defensive backfield as the offensive one.

Like many two-way starters, Wells needed a few weeks to build up the necessary endurance to play on both sides of the ball for an entire game. Now, Good-Malloy isn’t sure whether he’d rest the senior on offense or defense if he needed to. Wells has proven equally valuable in both spots.

“I want to be known for not just offense but for being a great defender, too,” Wells said. “I try to be an all-around football player.”

Falcons win a wild one

Sometimes a team has to overcome adversity to win a game that it isn’t supposed to win. Other times, that adversity comes in the form of a winnable game that slips away.

Severna Park got a taste of the latter Friday night in Pasadena, where they had several missed opportunities but won anyway, defeating Chesapeake, 28-27, in overtime.

The Falcons (2-1) had three touchdowns called back because of penalties over the course of the game, then fumbled a handoff on the Chesapeake five-yard line in the final minute. The Cougars (1-2) recovered the fumble and took a knee to send the game into overtime. After both teams scored, Chesapeake tried to fake the extra-point. The Falcons sniffed out the play and left with a hard-fought win.

“Nothing goes as planned in life,” Severna Park Coach Mike Price said. “But at the end of the day, you play the game to win and a ‘W’ is a ‘W’.”

Spalding’s Abey makes plays on ground

When Spalding’s passing game is unable to get going, the Cavaliers can count on quarterback Zach Abey’s running ability to get the offense rolling.

Loyola Blakefield’s defense kept Spalding’s from airing the ball out, limiting Abey to one completion. But in Spalding’s 21-10 win, Abey ran the ball 23 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns, which included a 59-yard scamper in the first quarter.

For the year, Abey, a Buffalo commit, has 558 rushing yards on 74 attempts.

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