Annapolis' opportunistic defense forced five second-half turnovers and recorded a safety, and sophomore tailback Keith Lomax rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown in a tough 16-8 triumph over Friendly last night in a nonleague opener for both teams at Friendly.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Lomax scored on a 22-yard run after a roughing the kicker penalty gave Annapolis four new downs at the Patriots 31. Three running plays moved the ball to the 22 and Lomax, who had been having success running power plays behind the right side of his veteran offensive line, burst through a big hole and raced into the end zone to tie the game at 8-8 with 8:22 left in the fourth period.
"We always run right and the play was just a straight power play," Lomax said. "I was a little nervous because it ws my first varsity game. But the blocking was great."
The Annapolis attack wasn't difficult to figure out. Ninety percent of the running plays were power plays to the right and the other 10 percent were straight traps up the middle.
"I'm going to run that power play, come day or night," said Annapolis Coach Al Laramore. "Our strength is in our offensive line. We returned everyone tackle to tackle and we have good running backs." David Skinner's conversion pushed the Panthers ahead, 9-8.
Annapolis trailed, 8-0, before Panther lineman Mike Hicks chased down Friendly quarterback John Ferrer in the end zone for a safety with less than a minute remaining in the third period.
Friendly had stopped the Annapolis sweep and forced a punt. But Jon Parlett was called for roughing the kicker and Annapolis went on to score and go ahead.
On Friendly's ensuing possession, Ferrer's attempted pass was batted in the air by Mike Powell. Jeff Diggs plucked the ball out of the air at the Patriots 43 and raced raced to the 12. Annapolis (1-0) 0 0 2 14 16 Friendly (0-1)
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F-Ferrer 2 run (Beckwith run)
A-Safety (Ferrer tackled in end zone by Hicks)
A-Lomax 22 run (skinner kick)
A-Slocum 2 run (Skinner kick)