Senior receiver Robbie McCandless spoke for many of his Severna Park teammates last month when looking ahead to last night's season opener against High Point.
"We've lost to them the last two years," he said, resting on a table outside the Falcons' locker room after practice. "The goal of the returning players is finally beating them."
The Falcons came up empty again last night, however, as visiting High Point scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter and prevailed, 22-14.
Severna Park scored on its first two possessions, but eventually "ran out of gas," said coach Andy Borland, who sought his 100th career victory.
The Eagles made a defensive switch at halftime, removing a defensive back and inserting an extra lineman in an effort to contain senior running back John Jennings.
Jennings gained 82 yards in the first half -- which ended with the score tied at 14 -- but was limited to 12 the rest of the way for Severna Park.
"They tried to make us do some different things," Borland said. "We played well with them for three quarters, but we didn't do anything after that."
High Point running back Rad Miles gained 139 yards, but it was teammate Kevin Snipes who accounted for the game-winner with 2 minutes, 14 seconds left, going in from the 2-yard line.
Miles ran for the two-point conversion.
Severna Park took a 6-0 first-quarter lead when junior quarterback Tim Bowerman went in from the 1, capping a seven-play drive. Jennings gained 53 yards on four straight carries before Bowerman's score.
High Point tied the score on a 4-yard run by Miles, who rushed for 98 yards in the first half. The teams traded second-quarter touchdowns, with Jennings scoring on a 5-yard sweep around the right side, and Miles weaving up the middle for an 18-yard touchdown.
Both teams were successful on two-point conversions -- Bowerman completed a pass to McCandless and sophomore Kevin Beasly connected with Sean Powell.
Neither team scored in the third quarter.