Falcons pummel Cougars, 40-7 Severna Park improves to 2-2

September 27, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Staff Writer

Andy Borland, the Severna Park High School football coach, maintained after his team's 40-7 win over Chesapeake on Friday night that he would have preferred to have his team play the Cougars under more suitable weather conditions.

But Andy Borland, the Severna Park High School athletic director, made a decision that both parties had to live with.

In the end, it was the Falcons who prospered as they built a 27-7 lead before the half en route to their second victory of the season.

"It was raining on and off all day and I made a decision to play the game at 4 o'clock and I had to live with it," said Borland, as he made his way through puddles back to his office after the game.

"Once I made the decision, I had to go to bed with it because I would have had to pay the officials either way. After 4 o'clock we had to ride the pony no matter what happens."

The rain didn't appear to bother the 2-2 Falcons as they took advantage of good field position on their first possession and immediately got on the scoreboard following a 13-play drive that was capped by a one-yard quarterback sneak by senior Tim Bowerman.

Chesapeake made matters worse on its ensuing possession when it turned the ball over on its second play from scrimmage.

Nose tackle Ron Green recovered the fumble, but it was senior tailback Andy Santora who cashed in, as he ran off-tackle behind setback Mark Frye for a 21-yard score and a 13-0 lead for the Falcons.

A seemingly emotionally drained and physically drenched Chesapeake squad came roaring back and answered with a 13-play scoring drive of its own.

Brian Doyle, the workhorse of the Cougars' drive that covered 84 yards, put the visitors on the board with 7:39 left in the first half when he plunged in the end zone from five yards out.

Not wanting to be outshone on its own, albeit, soggy turf, Severna Park shrugged off some poor field position at its own 15 and found pay dirt in just six plays.

The Falcons' 85-yard drive, which featured a 12-yard run by Bowerman and an 18-yard scamper by Santora, was highlighted by a 43-yard touchdown run by Frye, on his first carry of the ballgame. John Milisitz' kick wobbled through the uprights, and the Falcons owned a 20-7 lead with 4:16 left in the half.

Just when it looked like things couldn't get any worse for the Cougars it did. A fumbled snap gave Green his second fumble recovery of the day, and even more depressing for Chesapeake was the Falcons' field position inside the visitors 20. Three plays later, Santora dove in the end zone from two yards away to give the hosts a 27-7 lead at intermission.

Both offenses floundered in the opening minutes of the second half, but Severna Park managed to regroup and put together a seven-play, 54-yard drive to widen the margin to 34-7. Junior tailback Matt Almes, who eventually found the end zone from four yards away for the Falcons, set up the score with a 38-yard run to the Chesapeake 2-yard line.

Mike Fleming gave Severna Park fans one more reason to cheer when he broke loose down the sideline for a 41-yard score.

Brandan Steinheim, who entered the game with 399 yards and all seven of Chesapeake's touchdowns, picked up another touchdown and his fourth-consecutive 100-plus-yard game when he sprinted untouched for 39 yards. Steinheim finished the game with 118 yards yards on 15 carries, solidifying his hold on the school's career rushing record.

"For some reason the team just seemed a little distracted tonight," said Chesapeake coach Tom Kraning, whose team slipped to 1-3. "We had a good report on Severna Park and the team was focused all week, but I don't know what it was tonight.

"The bottom line was, they executed and we didn't. They had the field position all day and controlled the line of scrimmage and we didn't. Severna Park deserves all the credit."

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