Severna Park converted several Annapolis errors into a 16-7 victory in a Maryland AA state quarterfinal game last night at Severna Park.
Annapolis (8-3) struck first for a 7-0 lead on an eight-play, 72-yard scoring drive.
The Fighting Panthers combined the outside speed of sophomore Keith Lomax with the inside quickness of junior Gerald Hyman to drive into Severna Park territory. On third and five, quarterback David Skinner pitched to sophomore Gene Slocum around left end, who picked his way through the Severna Park defense before cutting across the field for a 22-yard score. Bart Williams' extra point made it 7-0 with 2:29 remaining in the opening period.
But Severna Park (10-1) responded on its next possession with an equally impressive six-play, 46-yard drive. Two plays into the second period, quarterback Kevin Hetrick pitched to Jeff Kries, who scampered outside, bouncing off three would-be tacklers for the 10-yard touchdown. Hetrick's conversion pass to Gerald Wenn -- on a faked extra point play -- gave the Falcons an 8-7 lead.
On Annapolis' next two possessions, an offside penalty on a fourth-and-one play and a clipping penalty after an 18-yard pass completion halted drives.
Late in the third quarter, Severna Park pushed ahead further when tight end Clay Coard split the Annapolis safeties on a run-and-go pattern for a 50-yard touchdown reception. A pass conversion from Hetrick to Trey Fairman increased the lead to 16-7 with 41 seconds remaining in the third period.
"Anybody who beats Annapolis two weeks in a row is a great football team. And we just did that," said Severna Park Coach A.H. Borland.Annapolis 7 0 0 0 7 Severna Park 0 8 8 0 16
A -- Slocum 33 run (Williams kick)
SP -- Kries 10 run (Wenn pass from Hetrick)
SP -- Coard 50 pass from Hetrick (Fairman pass from Hetrick)