Annapolis wins, 21-0, rolls to title ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

November 07, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

It may not have been pretty, but it sure was effective.

Playing what coach Roy Brown said "might be our best game of the season," No. 9 Annapolis ran over host Severna Park, 21-0, to win the Class 4A, Region IV football championship.

The Panthers (9-1 overall) also took the Anne Arundel County 4A League title with an 8-0 record. They'll make their first playoff appearance since 1989. Severna Park ends the season at 6-4 overall, 6-2 in the league.

Senior Ken Boyd ran for touchdowns of 11 and 3 yards in the first half, when the Panthers' defense limited Severna Park to two first downs and 89 total yards. Annapolis rushed for 152 yards in the half, and 206 total.

Boyd led the Panthers with 75 yards, but teammates Shawn Taylor (74) and Orlando Downs (53) weren't far behind.

"We thought, offensive-line-wise, that we could beat them like that," said Brown, whose team ended a two-game losing streak to Severna Park. The Panthers lead the series, 17-14-3.

"Kenny Boyd ran really tough tonight. They were obviously keying on Shawn Taylor big-time, and Kenny Boyd is a heck of a running back. We've got a lot of talented people and a great offensive line."

Boyd's first score came on a third-and-one carry with 10:59 left in the half. Clint Wilson added the conversion kick.

On Severna Park's next possession, sophomore Mark Frye took a pitch right and raced 67 yards for an apparent touchdown. But a holding call nullified the play, and three incompletions forced Severna Park to punt.

Boyd capped an 11-play, 46-yard drive with his second touchdown, and junior quarterback Juan Johnson passed 5 yards to senior Matt Criscimagna for another score in the third quarter. Johnson and Criscimagna also hooked up for the two- point conversion.

The Falcons didn't gain any yards rushing in the third quarter. They drove to Annapolis' 10-yard line in the fourth quarter, but Johnson intercepted a pass by Severna Park's Tim Bowerman at the 2.

"We played the same defense we've been playing all year," said Annapolis senior linebacker Brendan Bellotte. "We just went at them."

Annapolis 0 13 8 0 -- 21

Severna Park 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Chesapeake 34, Northeast 20

Brandon Steinheim had 14 carries for 248 yards and three touchdowns to lead Chesapeake (3-7) past Northeast (3-7). Steve Ferguson also had two rushing touchdowns for the Cougars.

Ches.-AA 0 7 14 13 -- 34

Northeast 8 6 6 0 -- 20

Arundel 27, Meade 0

Sophomore Mike Haertell rushed for 62 yards on 10 carries to lead Arundel (3-7, 3-7) past Meade (2-8, 2-7) in a 4A game. Freshman Pat Cilento completed six of 11 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown. Jeff Hedrick had four catches for 100 yards and one touchdown.

Meade ..0 0 0 0 -- 0

Arundel 8 6 13 0 -- 27

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