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Annapolis's goal-line stand
South River had a first-and-goal in the fourth quarter on the 4-yard line. And then: four straight runs. Four straight stops.
The Annapolis defense withstood the pressure in a tight 14-0 win over South River on Friday night, shutting down the Seahawks when it mattered most. The Seahawks mustered just 64 yards of total offense against the Panthers, whose junior linebackers led the way. Jon Schwartz recorded 12 tackles, and Benny Price and Willon Forrester had eight each. Annapolis Coach Brian Brown said Schwartz "made some big hits," and he also credited the defensive line for tying up the offensive linemen, which freed the linebackers to make those plays. Annapolis has allowed a combined 22 points since losing, 39-6, to No. 5 Gwynn Park on Sept. 9.
Meade's first win
The Mustangs' first win of the season, 40-36 over Glen Burnie, was a thriller. Quarterback Josh Warren used his unorthodox throwing motion to complete 13 of 49 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns. Warren drops the ball near his waist, as a baseball pitcher would, before he brings it up and releases it. On Friday he spread the ball around, hitting four different receivers. But his favorite target was lanky Chris Taylor, who had six catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns: one for 42 yards to begin the scoring, the other a 9-yard catch for the final score of the evening. Wide receiver Marcelus Manear tallied three catches for 101 yards and one almost-touchdown: On third-and-9, Warren hit him on a hitch route for the first down, but Manear wanted more. He shook off his defender and zigzagged down the field until he was dragged down 86 yards later, on the 1-yard line. Tight end Nick Hunter also caught three balls for Meade, two of them for touchdowns. Before Meade's 40-point burst, the Mustangs had scored a combined 12 points in three games.
Glen Burnie's special teams
Meade Coach Andrew Smith said the Mustangs have allowed five special-teams touchdowns on the season. Two of them came Monday at the hands of Glen Burnie kick returners Justin Murdock and Jarvis Askew. After a Meade first-quarter touchdown, Askew took the ensuing kickoff 66 yards for the Gophers' first points of the day. Murdock carried a third-quarter kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. "They gave us some great highlights," said Glen Burnie Coach Tom Newman.
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Old Mill (5-0, 5-0) at Severna Park (4-1, 4-0)
In the third quarter of Severna Park's 17-7 win over North County last week, Falcons quarterback Greg Zingler made a mistake that ended in success. A play was designed as a run to the fullback, but Zingler, after changing the direction of the play at the line of scrimmage, opened up the wrong way and had to take the ball himself. He picked up a block from receiver Chris Hunt and raced down the left sideline for a 70-yard touchdown. "It was luck, I guess," Zingler said. "It worked out well." Severna Park may need more than luck to get past Old Mill tomorrow night. Patriots running back Ryan Callahan has been known to do a little running himself, racking up 817 yards -- 202 of them against Chesapeake last week, when he broke the county record for career touchdowns with a 71-yard touchdown run and then added a 35-yard touchdown run. Callahan, a senior, has 67 career touchdowns and now chases Georgetown Prep grad Marcus Mason, who holds the Maryland high school records for yards gained (5,790) and touchdowns (86).