St. Mary's stuns Severn, 21-14, to finish 2nd in 'C'

November 08, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Steve Schummer made a statement for seniors yesterday at Severn School in Severna Park, as St. Mary's (8-2, 6-1) upset the host (8-2, 5-2) Admirals, 21-14, in Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference play.

The victory enabled the Saints to finish runner-up to league champion St. Paul's (9-0, 7-0).

Schummer, one of 10 seniors who started in the Saints program four years ago under coach Brad Best, was moved from quarterback to running back several weeks ago. Sophomore Brad Davis stepped in behind center to replace Schummer.

"At first, it was a little upsetting [the move], but we weren't generating any offense, and it was best for the team," said Schummer, whose running in the second half brought the Saints back from a 14-7 deficit.

Schummer's rushing (12 for 51 yards in the second half) set up the game-tying touchdown in the third period, and he scored the clincher in the final period from 7 yards.

"We wanted this win for Coach [Best] because he puts his whole life into this program. He gave us a great speech at halftime, and it got us fired up."

St. Mary's could muster 31 yards of total offense and one score in the first half, a 3-yard quarterback sweep by Davis. Davis' touchdown and the extra-point kick by Mark Kiefer came with 8:07 in the first period for a 7-0 lead.

Severn answered with two Brad Fowler-to-Dave Lachapelle touchdown passes, one in each period, of 16 and 14 yards. Lachapelle also kicked extra points to give him all 14 Severn points. The Admirals went to halftime with a 14-7 lead and apparently in control.

"I told the seniors that for most of them their last 24 minutes of football was coming up and I wanted them to make the most of it," said Best.

That's what they did. The Saints' defense, led by linebackers Mark Zeller and Joe Keenan, and defensive linemen Joe Greenlee and Dwen Lim, held Severn's usually potent offense to no points and one first down in the second half.

Focused on a ball-control offense in the second half, the Saints took advantage when defensive tackle Greg Carobrese recovered a fumble on the Severn 38-yard line.

After eight plays, including four carries for 20 yards by Schummer, the Saints tied the game. Zeller went over from the 2 with 4:16 left in the third period and Kiefer hit the extra point to tie it at 14.

Schummer's interception of a Fowler pass with 9:15 to go set up his go-ahead score from the 7 on a nifty option by Davis.

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