ANNAPOLIS -- Severna Park earned a share of the Anne Arundel County 4A League title last night with a last-second, 16-14 victory over archrival Annapolis in the 33rd renewal of Anne Arundel County's oldest football rivalry.
Severna Park's win, coupled with Glen Burnie's 22-20 upset of Old Mill and North County's 20-16 win over Broadneck, gives Severna Park, North County and Old Mill 7-2 league records and a share of first place.
No. 15 Severna Park (7-2, 7-3) beat No. 17 Annapolis (6-3, 6-4) for the fifth time in six games and pared the Panthers' series advantage to 16-14-3. That is the closest it has been since 1976.
This time, the Falcons and Panthers produced a classic -- decided on Tim Bowerman's fourth-down touchdown pass of 6 yards to John Milisitz as time expired.
The game-winner came nine plays and 1 minute, 47 seconds after Bryan Stephens recovered an Annapolis fumble at his own 49.
Mario Dominick intercepted Bowerman on first down, but a holding penalty wiped that out. Bowerman then scrambled 15 yards and hit fullback Aaron Cree for 21 more to the Annapolis 5.
Severna Park's Rob McCandless was called for offensive interference in the end zone, moving the ball back to the 21, but Bowerman threw 5 yards to Cree and 10 to McCandless to set TC up the game-winning play.
"Right before I called the play, I looked at the clock and saw eight seconds. So, I did a quick count," said Bowerman, who had exhausted his timeouts. "Then, I had to wait for the receivers to come open. I don't know what I would have done if I'd been sacked, but I saw immediately that John caught the ball."
Milisitz out-battled Kevin Belt to make the reception four yards deep in the end zone. "I was just thinking I had to do whatever I could to catch the ball," he said. "He [Belt] and I both kind of hit each other at the same time."
The comeback capped a see-saw game. Severna Park jumped ahead on John Jennings' 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 32-yard field goal from Milisitz in the second.
But Annapolis erased the 10-0 deficit on touchdown runs of 2 and 11 yards by Dominick.