Annapolis wins in final minute, 20-19

September 19, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

He may have been less heralded than North County quarterback Eric Howard, but Annapolis junior Juan Johnson made a name for himself last night.

Johnson passed to senior Matt Criscamagna for a 12-yard touchdown with 31 seconds left, and the duo hooked up again on the two-point conversion to lead the 13th-ranked Panthers to a 20-19 upset of No. 6 North County.

The loss ended North County's home winning streak at 12 games.

North County (2-1) appeared on its way to victory when Mike Quarles scored on a 14-yard reverse with 10:05 left in the fourth quarter to break a 12-12 tie. But Annapolis (2-1) drove 64 yards for the score on its next possession.

The winning drive was aided by a pass-interference call on second-and-10 at the North County 32 that put the ball on the 18.

Two plays later Johnson rolled to his right and found Criscamagna in the end zone and the two hooked up again for the winning conversion.

"Those were two different plays," said Annapolis coach Roy Brown. "The first was a flood to the right side, and Juan made a great pass.

"The conversion was a bootleg to the right. That's a great play on the goal line. They obviously thought we'd run."

When asked why he didn't go for the tie and overtime, Brown said, "I didn't want to lose to North County. Period."

Johnson's heroics negated a 182-yard passing performance from North County's Howard, who threw for a school-record five touchdowns last week in a 39-6 rout of Arundel.

Annapolis took a 6-0 lead in the second quarter on an 18-yard run by Taylor. North County tied the score on its first possession of the second half with a 71-yard drive that culminated with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Howard to Quarles.

The Knights went up 12-6 with 2:18 left in the third quarter on a three-yard run by senior Frank Brown, a transfer from Southwestern. But Annapolis' Ken Boyd ran the ensuing kickoff back 85 yards to tie it.

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