You Should Have Seen
Severna Park's 12-play, 88-yard drive
The Falcons bounced back from two quick scores by Old Mill running back Ryan Callahan by pounding the ball down the field and regaining the lead, 21-17. A penalty on the kickoff forced the Falcons to start on their own 12-yard line, where they began by handing off to running back Tommy Massie for a gain of six. Massie, limited by injuries in the first half of the season, ran five more times on the drive, finishing with a nine-yard touchdown run. Severna Park didn't pass on the drive and gave the ball to five runners, including Marques Johnson, who ran down the right sideline for a gain of 28 yards. Massie finished the game with 97 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown. The offensive line, led by senior center Ethan Vidal, opened 236 yards' worth of holes. Three of the Falcons' four touchdowns came through the running game and their triple option attack.
Northeast's first win
Northeast's success came at Broadneck's expense in an 8-6 win Friday night. Senior running back Jeff Jones scored the Eagles' lone touchdown, a 10-yard run off tackle on the Eagles' second drive of the game. The Eagles ran the same play to the opposite side for the two-point conversion. Broadneck scored on a one-yard run by Forrest Kyle in the third quarter, but its pass attempt on the two-point conversion failed, and the score held. Defensive lineman Carl Nestor (eight solo tackles, five assisted) and linebacker Anthony Bougourd (10 solo tackles, 7 assisted, 1 forced fumble, 2 pass deflections) led the Eagles on defense, but Nestor was also a big key on offense as most of the running plays came off blocks by him or Vince Downs.
"We played like I expected before the season," said Eagles Coach Mike Cotham. The Eagles had frustrated the coaching staff with a lack of effort during the week, to the point that practice ended early two days in a row. The win "gives us hope for the rest of the season," said Cotham, who put his goal at 5-5 but expects nothing less than a 4-6 record.
South River's fourth quarter comeback
Glen Burnie has come so close to its first win the past three weeks, losing by one score -- one play -- to Chesapeake, Meade and now South River.
With less than three minutes to play, Seahawks sophomore quarterback Bobby Cooper connected with Danny Vonahn for a touchdown pass that cut Glen Burnie's lead to three points, 21-18. Ed D'Ambra then recovered the onside kick and with 39 seconds left caught a 29-yard score from Cooper, his third touchdown pass of the night.
"We knew they were going to come out hungry," said Seahawks senior receiver Alex Estill, who scored South River's first touchdown, a 54-yarder off a screen pass. "They were a good team that played real physically. They have a lot of athletes on that team -- a lot of guys that can make plays."
You Should See
Annapolis at Severna Park
7:15 p.m. tomorrow
For the second week in a row, Severna Park (5-1, 5-0) will host a battle of the top teams in the Anne Arundel League. This time, though, the winner will claim the sole spot at number one in the county. Annapolis (5-1, 5-0) has beaten Severna Park three of the past four seasons and is coming off a 34-25 victory over Arundel (4-2, 4-2).
Senior running back Damien Kinchen ran for 99 yards and 3 touchdowns on 15 carries, but Panthers Coach Brian Brown said the key to the game was senior fullback Errol Silva, who ran for 81 yards and 1 touchdown on 14 carries. "At the end of the game when we needed yardage, [Silva] was the one who ran the ball," Brown said. Silva was a factor in Annapolis's 13-7 win over the Falcons last season, running 22 times for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Severna Park's defense is coming off a good performance against Old Mill, where it held running back Ryan Callahan to about 40 yards below his season average in the Falcons' 28-17 win.