ANNAPOLIS, NOV. 6 -- Severna Park used a relentless rushing attack in the first half to take the lead and then relied on its gang-tackling defense to keep it as the Falcons won the Anne Arundel County AA League championship tonight with a 9-7 victory at 10th-ranked Annapolis.
Severna Park (9-1, 4-1 in league play) kept the Panthers (8-2, 3-2) off balance by rushing tailback Tom Rickloff into the center of the line to set up long runs by wingbacks Jeff Kreis and Gerald Wenn.
A 51-yard run by Kreis down the left sideline set up the game's first score, a 37-yard field goal by Mike Murray with 1:14 left in the first period. The Falcons also scored on their next possession when 6-foot-5, 235-pound right tackle David Lowman's block sprung Wenn for a 52-yard touchdown run. Murray's kick was wide left, but Severna Park led 9-0 with 10:46 left in the first half.
Severna Park dominated the first two quarters, gaining 176 yards rushing, but the Falcons were on the ropes defensively in the second half.
Following a fumble by Kreis, Annapolis managed a 13-play drive that stalled at the Falcons goal line only after starting quarterback David Skinner was shaken up and had to be replaced by Junior Diggs. Two awkward handoffs and an underthrown pass allowed Severna Park to escape the scoring threat and take possesion on its 5.
But on the next play, Rickloff fumbled and Brian Blonder recovered for Annapolis at the Severna Park 19. Skinner returned at quarterback and scored two plays later on a one-yard run. Gene Slocum had set up the score by slipping seven would-be tacklers for a 16-yard gain on first down. Bart Williams' kick cut the Severna Park lead to 9-7 with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter.