Revenge and rewards were on the menu Friday night, as the Severna Park football team opened its season against High Point.
The revengestemmed from losses to High Point in the last two season openers. The Falcons were determined to reverse their recent misfortune.
The reward was supposed to be victory No. 100 for Coach Andy Borland, placing him in select county company.
Neither came to fruition.
High Point's Kevin Snipes scored on a 2-yard run with just overthree minutes left to snap a 14-14 tie and hand Severna Park a 22-14loss.
"Those kids run hard," Borland said of the Eagles' backfield, which combined for nearly 200 yards, including 139 from senior RadMiles.
The Falcons were running equally hard in the opening half,which ended at 14-14 after Severna Park touchdowns by junior quarterback Tim Bowerman and senior tailback John Jennings.
Bowerman scored on a one-yard plunge in the first quarter, and Jennings scampered five yards for another touchdown before halftime.
High Point countered with 4- and 18-yard touchdown runs by Miles.
Not to be outdone, Jennings had 82 yards in the opening half and appeared headed for a big night.
But again, little went according to plan for Severna Park.
High Point coach Dale Castro made a defensive switch at halftime, removing a defensive back for an additional lineman, and Jennings was held to 12 yards from then on.
With fullbacks Aaron Cree and Gerald Cager on the sidelines with heat exhaustion and cramps, the Falcons' running game came to a halt.
High Point managed to control the ball for most of the fourth quarter. "I couldn't get my defenseoff the field," Borland said.
And he couldn't keep the Eagles' explosive tandem of Miles and Snipes off it, either.
"I felt I couldgo with two runnings backs," Castro said. "Both are quality backs. Idon't feel we lose anything by taking one out.
"Severna Park's a great football team. They gave us all we could handle."
Much of the attention going into Friday's game fell upon Borland, who hoped to join the late Al Laramore and Jerry Mears and retired Joe Papetti as the only county coaches with at least 100 victories.
Now that milestone will have to wait at least another week.