Turnovers sealed the deal for Severna Park as it beat Annapolis, 16-0, Friday night to claim sole ownership of first place in Anne Arundel County.
The Falcons (6-1, 6-0) got the ball inside Annapolis territory for the fourth time in the game when they recovered a fumbled punt return on the Annapolis 19-yard line with less than seven minutes to play. Severna Park, which produced 115 yards of offense on the night, took advantage, scoring on a four-yard touchdown run by quarterback Greg Zingler to give the Falcons a 10-0 lead.
Annapolis (5-2, 5-1) lost four fumbles and threw one interception, with 10 Falcons points coming off turnovers.
"They turned the ball over too many times and fortunately, we took advantage of some of the opportunities they gave us," Severna Park Coach J.P. Hines said.
Steve Pecevich made a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter to give the Falcons the lead and Zingler connected with wide receiver Chris Hunt for a 31-yard touchdown with 2 minutes 2 seconds left to play.
Annapolis's offense was held in check on the slippery field as well, racking up 157 yards. Running back Damien Kinchen had 94 yards on 19 carries.
Perry Leads Comeback
Seneca Valley running back Shawn Perry rushed for all but one of his 202 yards in the second half, spurring a furious comeback with four touchdowns to lead the Screaming Eagles to a 29-21 win over host Gaithersburg in a Montgomery County nonleague game last night.
After a first half in which Perry had three carries for one yard, Seneca Valley (6-1) used Perry to rebound. He had touchdown runs of 11, 2, 25 and 77 yards to turn a 14-0 halftime lead for Gaithersburg (5-2) into a 29-14 lead for the Screamin' Eagles.
Wallace Runs Wild
Senior running back A.J. Wallace, one of the nation's top college recruits, ran for 357 yards and six touchdowns -- both career highs -- as McDonough topped host La Plata, 52-28.
Wallace did most of his damage in the first half, amassing 230 yards and reaching the end zone on runs of 7, 75, 18, 50 and 44 yards. McDonough led 42-14 at halftime.
Wallace tacked on another 127 yards and a fourth-quarter 25-yard touchdown run as the Rams improved to 5-2. He has rushed for 1,062 yards in seven games. Wallace also had 210- and 268-yard rushing performances earlier this season. La Plata fell to 2-5.
Wakefield Ends Skid
D'Ales Haynie's four-yard touchdown run with nine minutes left to play propelled Wakefield past visiting Mount Vernon, 12-7, snapping a 24-game losing streak.
"It's disappointing that we could've won a bunch of games this year, but it feels good to finally got one," Warriors Coach Tim Churchill said.
Wakefield (1-6, 1-4 Virginia AAA National District) last won on Sept. 12, 2003 at McLean. Wakefield also brought a 13-game home losing streak to a halt.
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