Severna Park used two safeties to seal a 31-26 victory over Glen Burnie last night at Glen Burnie.
Severna Park, which will remain atop the Anne Arundel County conference, gave its homecoming crowd something to cheer about when Steve Foreman found receiver Lee Kinzler in the end zone for a 25-yard scoring play with 10:46 left in the first quarter. The Gophers went 72 yards in three plays, including Dennis White's 36-yard sweep. Daniel Whitmoyer's kick was wide left. The Falcons countered by stuffing the Glen Burnie drive deep in Gophers territory and relied on the off-tackle rushes of running back John Jennings to score from four yards out with 3:21 left in the first quarter.
Severna Park capitalized on a partially blocked punt and Jennings ran the ball five times to complete the 33-yard drive. Mark Anderson's kick made it 7-6.
Jennings, a 5-foot-7, 210-pound junior, finished with 109 yards on 24 carries to increase his season total to 1,125. "He's got a low center of gravity and he's hard to bring down," said Falcons Coach Andrew Borland. Andrew Baldwin then scored on a two-yard run to end a 12-play, 56-yard drive for the Gophers with 9:36 left in the second quarter. A fake kick failed and Glen Burnie led by 12-7. Jennings scored from the 3 with 6:02 left in the half. But Anderson missed the kick, making the score 13-12, Falcons. After stopping the Gophers on their next possession, Foreman threw to Derrick Moran for 35 yards to the Gophers 28. After three short gains, the Falcons went for a first down on fourth and two and Jennings ran the ball 20 yards for his third touchdown of the first half. Anderson's kick made the score 20-12.
Falcons linebacker Joe Brooks tackled Kinzler in the end zone when the punter lost control of a high snap to make the score 22-12 just before halftime.
The Gophers started off strong in the third when Dennis White fell on an errant pitch from Severna Park's Foreman inside the Severna Park 20 yard line. Carlton Ash scored on a five-yard keeper but was stopped on the two-point conversion attempt, making the score 22-18 with 7:21 left in the third.