Randallstown keeps edge over Annapolis, 18-17

September 05, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Entering last night's football game against visiting Randallstown, a phrase about paybacks was engraved in the minds of the Annapolis players.

It was the Rams who stole an 18-17 victory from the Panthers with a touchdown from one yard out last year.

Last night, the 10th-ranked Panthers (0-1) received more of the same as the Rams grounded out an 18-17 win at Al Laramore Stadium.

They did it behind Franklin transfer Kevin Anderson (25 carries, 140 yards, two touchdowns) and Haryn Singleton (18 carries, 81 yards, one touchdown), to overcome a 9-6 halftime deficit.

"Every time we see them, we expect a close game. I think this is the fourth time in a row we've won by three or four points," said Randallstown coach John Buchheister. "Our team is young but the lineman came through. It's always tough to play at Annapolis."

Randallstown took a permanent lead after Singleton's three-yard dive, which capped a 28-yard, seven-play march with 3:34 left in the third period.

The Rams' Willie Tonneson blocked a Matt Criscimanga punt to set up the play. Another big defensive effort -- Todd Angelo's recovery of a Ken Boyd fumble -- gave the Rams the ball at their own 48. Seven plays later, Anderson went over from six yards out to give his club an 18-9 cushion with 10:19 remaining in the game.

Annapolis made it 18-16 with 8:21 left after Juan Johnson found Joe Pergerson on the end of a 43-yard touchdown pass. Clint Wilson's kick was good.

The Panthers blew a final opportunity to win with 6:30 left when the Rams stopped them after 10 plays at the Randallstown 19, then ran out the clock.

Anderson proved himself early, giving the unranked Rams (1-0) an early 6-0 lead with his first touchdown from 1-yard out. The play, which culminated a 15-play, 48-yard drive, was set up after Tonneson recovered a Shawn Taylor fumble.

In the period's final moments, Tommy Ford kept a 55-yard punt by Criscimanga from going into the end zone, and Chris Johnson downed it at the one.

Two plays later, Johnson dropped Anderson for a two-yard loss and a safety to make it 6-2 with 10 seconds left.

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