Severna Park coach Andy Borland could only heave a big sigh of relief.
His 13th-ranked Falcons (4-1, 4-2) had just committed enough physical and mental errors for two games. But thanks largely to the efforts of two underclassmen, they still had enough to sneak by visiting Meade, 14-6, last night, and keep alive their hopes for a fourth Anne Arundel County 4A title in five years.
The difference was the passing of rapidly-improving junior quarterback Tim Bowerman and a series of big defensive plays by junior tackle Dan Probst.
Bowerman staked the winners to a 7-0 lead when he hit end Robbie McCandless with a 24-yard touchdown pass 11 seconds before halftime.
Then, after Meade (2-3, 3-3) pulled within 7-6 on Kenny Walker's 51-yard run in the third quarter, Bowerman set up the clinching touchdown by passing 13 yards to John Milisitz on fourth-and-six.
Travis Koballa, who ran for 45 second-half yards in relief of the injured John Jennings, slashed over from the 1 with 10 minutes, 5 seconds left for the clinching score.
Probst's sack of Meade quarterback John Oxendine and a late pass interception by Matt Glenn were enough to hold the Mustangs at bay from there.
"I feel great," said Borland, who conceded that his team could have been up by at least 28-0 at halftime. But in the first half, Severna Park turned the ball over on Meade's 7, 5, 20 and 15 yard lines. For the night, the Falcons lost three fumbles and had one pass intercepted.