After suffering through a 52-0 defeat at the hands of Fort Hill last week, Meade's football team paid a visit to Severna Park Friday night to prove it was still a worthy competitor.
And for three quarters, it was.
The Mustangs (1-4, 1-1 in the league) trailed the Falcons, 14-13, heading into the fourth quarter before yielding two touchdowns to grant the hosts a 29-13 victory.
"They're a good football team, a lot better than their record indicates," said Severna Park coach Andy Borland. "They are definitely going to give some teams some trouble down the road, and next year they're going to be awesome."
Meade's first-year coach, Hayse Henderson, who said his team had trouble swallowing last week's loss, was happy with his team's performance but said he was disappointed at its missed opportunities.
"I really think the guys did well tonight and I'm pleased," said Henderson. "We only have seven seniors and it's hard to win with that few.
"Last weekend we gave them (Fort Hill of Cumberland) all of the breaks and they capitalized on every one. This week, we got the breaks but we didn't take advantage."
One break that is sure to stick out in Henderson's mind was a first-and-goal opportunity for the Mustangs that came courtesy of a blocked punt by Andrew Barone.
The Mustangs managed to pick up 5 of the necessary yards on their first three plays before having a 21-yard field-goal attempt batted down.
"We should have made that field goal, there's no excuse," said Henderson. "We needed to pick up something there and we didn't."
Severna Park (2-2) took control of the ballgame on its first possession as it marched 71 yards on seven plays to take a 7-0 lead.
Aaron Cree put the finishing touches on the drive when he plunged into the end zone from 4 yards out only two minutes and 50 seconds into the contest.
The Falcons' offensive line continued to dominate the line of scrimmage throughout the first half but a fumble and a half-dozen penalties stalled any further scoring efforts for the hosts.
On Severna Park's final drive of the first half alone, the Falcons were penalized for a clip, fumbled a snap for a loss of 2 yards, and were set back 15 more yards for an illegal block.
Meade silenced the fans at Roberts Field with 2:58 left in the half when freshman running back Kenny Walker ran off-tackle 54 yards to pay dirt to tie it up, 7-7, at the half.
Severna Park fumbled on its first possession of the second half but was returned the favor two plays later and this time it wouldn't be denied. The Falcons, behind the running of junior John Jennings, moved the ball 63 yards in eight plays to take a 14-7 lead with 3:54 remaining in the third quarter.
Jennings, who finished the game with 152 yards on 26 carries, bolted into the end zone from 1 yard out for the Falcon score.
Meade answered on its next possession and pulled to within one when quarterback John Oxendine connected with Terrence Pierce on a 2-yard touchdown strike. Meade missed the point-after attempt and continued to trail by a point, 14-13.
Severna Park's offense came alive in the fourth quarter and manufactured a 12-play scoring drive that put it out front 21-13. The Falcons' drive was nearly halted at the 1-yard line however, when quarterback Steve Foreman fumbled the snap from center, but Cree alertly picked up the loose ball and dove in for the score.
"It's like we're playing basketball," said Borland, with tongue in cheek. "We have to dribble it first."
Severna Park nailed the coffin shut in the waning moments when Foreman found Darrick Moran alone down the left sideline for a 28-yard touchdown pass.