Annapolis advances past Friendly, 21-6

November 14, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Senior tight end Mike Fraioli was the lonesome end in the Annapolis offense until last night, as the third-seeded Fighting Panthers (10-1) defeated sixth-seeded Friendly, 21-6, in the State Class 4A quarterfinals.

Fraioli had not caught a pass all season long until grabbing two first-half touchdown passes from junior Juan Johnson while the Annapolis defense came up with two big second-half turnovers.

Johnson hit Fraioli on scoring passes of 11 and 17 yards in the second period after Kenny Boyd scored a first-period touchdown.

"We had it in our game plan to pass when the situation was there and it was there," said fourth-year Annapolis head coach Roy Brown.

Johnson completed four of five passes for 58 yards, including the two scores in the first half.

Losing Friendly coach Richard Knode pointed to the Panthers' ability to control the football and on defense keeping the visitors (8-3) from scoring in the second half.

"They moved the ball well on the ground and we had two chances in the third quarter and that would have inspired our kids, but we didn't stop the run all night," said Knode, whose team got its lone score in the first period.

Shawn Taylor carried the load for the Panthers, rushing for 179 yards on 33 attempts, 97 yards coming in the second half as Friendly tried to get back in the game. Taylor's determined running enabled Annapolis to get out of a deep hole in the third period.

The Panthers stopped Friendly on the 1-yard line with 5:03 left in the third period, and with Taylor carrying the ball most of the way, moved it out across midfield before giving it back on a fumble.

Later with 7:32 left in the game, Orlando Downs picked off a Reggie Brown pass at the Annapolis 25 to stop the visitors again.

Friendly's final drive ended with 3:06 remaining as Darnell Ravenell recovered a fumble at the Annapolis 43.

The Fighting Panthers first touchdown came on a 2-yard dive by Boyd (nine carries for 51 yards yards in first half before leaving with an ankle injury) with 7:22 to go in the first period. Clint Wilson made the extra point and it was 7-0 Annapolis.

Taylor (13 carries for 82 yards in the first half) had gains of 21 and 12 yards on the Figting Panthers' quick trap to set up the initial score.

Friendly got on the board with 32 seconds left in the first half on a Tony Harding 11-yard run. The Patriots missed the kick and it was 7-6.

Friendly .6 0 0 0 -- 6

Annapolis 7 14 0 0 -- 21

A -- Boyd 2 run (Wilson kick)

F -- Harding 11 run (kick failed)

A -- Fraioli 11 pass from Johnson (Wilson kick)

A -- Fraioli 17 pass from Johnson (Wilson kick)

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