The Severn Athletic Club headlined a stellar day of youth football, as six league champions were crowned in the 15th annual Anne Arundel Youth Football Association county championships Saturday at Anne Arundel Community College's Siegert Field.
SAC took both the 75- and 95-pound "A" county titles, while Crofton garnered top honors in both the 115-pound "A" and "B" division title games. Favorite Pasadena overwhelmed the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) for the 135-pound crown.
The 75-pound Severn Athletic Club football team may well be the most selfish squad in Anne Arundel County.
In 11 games, including Saturday's championship title bout, the Savages gave up no pointsto their opponents. None. Nil. Not a one.
Severn's stingy defense, anchored by interior linemen Demaris Glover, Albert Jones and LeroyWills, led the way for the Savages en route to a 7-0 win over the Annapolis All Stars.
"We've been making our living on our defense all year," said Severn coach George Hueges, whose team finished the season at 11-0. "Our offense has been off and on, but our defense hasn'tbeen scored on, and you can't do much better than that. They did a great job."
SAC, which advanced to the finals by defeating the Pasadena Chargers, 7-0, in overtime last week, finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter following a 1-yard run by Lamar Parrish.
Parrish's touchdown run was anything but common however, as the shifty running back took the pitch from quarterback, changed directions, and outran an Annapolis defender to the end zone.
Teammate Damien Eldridge made it a 7-0 contest when he blasted through the middle forthe extra point.
Annapolis coach Fidel DeJesus would have liked to have seen his kids take home the championship trophy rather than one citing them as runners-up, but with the turnaround season his team produced, he wasn't about to complain.
"Last year, our 75-pound team didn't win a game or score a touchdown, and this year we went to the playoffs," said DeJesus, whose team advanced to Saturday's finale by skunking the Peninsula Athletic League, 12-0, in last week's semifinals. "I think the pressure really just bugged them out today, but its been a great season.
"We had some opportunities to score in thefirst half, and we didn't take advantage of those opportunities. We needed that one block on the line of scrimmage, and we didn't get it.Other than that, everybody played great, and they have nothing to beashamed of."
Severn's 95-pound ballclub wasted no time in getting into the end zone in its 28-6 victory over the Severna Park Green Hornets.
Seneca Lee took matters into his own hands when he returned the opening kickoff 67 yards for a touchdown. Severn quarterback Charles Beverly added the extra point on a bootleg -- and just likethat -- the Savages were out front, 7-0.
Severn's defense held onduring Severna Park's ensuing possession, allowing its offensive unit to take over at the Green Hornets' 33-yard line. Six plays later, SAC was celebrating in the end zone again, this time as the result of a 41-yard end-around run by tight end Terrell Ross. Steven Twardowskithen ran the ball up the gut for the extra point to give the Savagesa 14-0 advantage.
Severna Park struck back on its next possessionwhen tailback Von Craig ran off-tackle 57 yards to pay dirt. The Green Hornets' point-after attempt failed, but they were back in it at the half, 14-6.
Severna Park was forced to play the second half without Craig, who exited the game with a bruised chest. The Green Hornets appeared to have missed their speedy running back as they were stopped in four plays on their opening second-half possession.
Severntook over with good field position near midfield and one play later found the end zone following a 48-yard end-around by Ross. Beverly added the extra-point on a bootleg to give the Savages a 21-6 lead with4 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The Savagesput the dead bolt on the door in the fourth quarter when Beverly connected with Ross for a 41-yard touchdown strike. Beverly's pass was picture-perfect as it met Ross in stride. Twardowski, the workhorse ofthe drive, fought his way in for the extra point.
"We just have agood offensive and good defensive football team," said Severn coach Ron Twardowski, whose team downed a tough GORC squad last week, 25-12. "The kids are what made it happen. They did a heck of a job all season and they've done everything we've asked of them. I couldn't be any happier."
Severna Park coach Mike McCarthy would like to have had his star running back for the entire contest, but wasn't looking for excuses.
"We just couldn't get our offensive going," said McCarthy, whose team slipped by the Annapolis All Stars, 24-12, in the semifinals. "Our defense played great, but a couple of big plays really hurt us. But, the kids played their hearts out all season, and I'm very proud of what they accomplished."
The county's "B" League championships were as tight as the scores indicate.