Finishing kick carries Southern to title Football

November 06, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Jimmy Galvin's extra-point kick in overtime helped visiting and unranked Southern to a 14-13 upset victory over No. 12 South River last night and earned the Bulldogs the three-team Anne Arundel County 3A-2A League title.

Galvin, who missed on a 39-yard field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter, kept his footing on the saturated turf and split the uprights following Jayme Block's 1-yard touchdown run to give the Dawgs the win and all but end South River's hopes of securing a playoff berth.

"All year long Jimmy has come through for us," said Southern coach Buck Gardner, whose team finished the season 6-4 overall, 2-0 in the league. "He's got so much confidence it's unbelievable."

Following a scoreless second half that saw the game end tied 7-7, South River took possession first from the 10-yard line and scored three plays later on a 1-yard quarterback keeper by senior Greg Avery. A poor snap foiled the Seahawks' extra-point attempt.

Southern picked up 9 yards to the 1 on its first play when Block ran off tackle and Galvin did the rest.

"The kids have played well this season but we never knew which team was going to show up some weeks," said Gardner. "We came up here tonight and just let it all hang out. This is only a three-team league, but don't sell it short because it's not my fault. The point is, we're league champs, and 10 years from now no one will know how many teams were in it."

South River coach Dave Summey said: "I just think we came up one play short and that was an extra point in overtime. You can't get any closer than that. It's unfortunate, but I really think we achieved some things that a lot of people didn't expect us to do. But, right now, my kids don't want to hear that. They're heartbroken."

In the second quarter, South River (7-3, 1-1) put together an eight-play, 82-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Avery.

Southern answered with an 11-play scoring drive of its own and tied the game 7-7 with 2:19 left in the first half when senior Block plunged in from the 4-yard line.

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