No. 19 Annapolis kept its Region IV playoff hopes alive last night by edging host Glen Burnie, 7-3, in an Anne Arundel County Class 4A match.
The Panthers (4-2, 4-1), who were stunned by the Gophers, 11-0, on their last visit to Pop Whalen Field two years ago, found the end zone with 1 minute and 44 seconds left, when quarterback Juan Johnson's fought off pressure and flipped a 6-yard pass to running back Mario Dominick.
"It was just a play they had to make and it was a great effort by Johnson," said Annapolis coach Roy Brown. "He threw it low and away where the defender couldn't get the ball. He threw it right on the money and the receiver made a great catch."
Glen Burnie (3-3, 2-3) drove the ball 49 yards on 12 plays to open the game, but Dan Whitmoyer's 34-yard field goal attempt fell short and wide.
The Gophers multidimensional offense took over again in the second quarter and in eight plays found itself faced with a fourth-and-8 at the Annapolis 18-yard line. Whitmoyer would not be denied on his second try of 35 yards, however, and the Gophers took a 3-0 lead with 8:18 left in the half.
An Annapolis drive, highlighted by a 25-yard screen pass from Johnson to sophomore Kevin Belt, was halted at the Gophers' 18-yard line by Mike McDowell, who intercepted a Johnson pass with seven seconds left in the half.
Stingy defense from both teams resulted in a second half punting exhibition.