MSA All-Stars play their option for 26-21 victory

December 07, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

It's nice to go out on a winning note. But for Severn coach Jim Doyle and his three senior Maryland Scholastic Association All-Stars -- Jamand Mack, Brad Fowler and Chris Pitkin -- yesterday's 26-21 come-from-behind victory over the Baltimore County All-Stars in the 11th annual Greater Baltimore Football Classic at Johns Hopkins University must have been music to their ears.

After winning their first eight games, the Admirals closed out their MSA C Conference season with a loss to conference champion St. Paul's and a season-ending loss to archrival St. Mary's.

"This won't make me forget about how our league play ended, but this softens it a little bit for some of my seniors," said Doyle, who served as head coach of the MSA team. "We made a lot of mistakes today, and the County team played very well. We were just lucky to get the play. It's good when everyone works hard and you enjoy some success."

"The play" was a 74-yard halfback option pass from Forest Park's Bilal Bahar to Dunbar's Omar Parker with 1:07 left that decided the game.

It didn't take long before one of the six Anne Arundel County players made a contribution for the MSA.

After a 27-yard touchdown run by Chris Lewis (Southern-BC), Fowler was inserted to hold for the extra-point kick. A high snap by the center forced Fowler to improvise, which he did perfectly in finding Edmondson's James Coombs in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion.

Other county players joining the three Severn players on the MSA squad were Joe Greenlee and Mark Zeller of St. Mary's and Tim Alber of Spalding.

After watching the Baltimore County All-Stars score two touchdowns for a 13-8 lead with 10:05 left in the first half, the MSA went to a ground game and quickly prospered. Zeller, a 5-9, 210-pound fullback for the Saints, made the most of it as he ran in from the 5 to give his team a 14-13 lead at the half.

The MSA took a 20-13 lead with 6:51 left in the third quarter when Bahar broke to the outside on a block by Zeller, who turned in the defensive end, allowing Bahar to trot into the end zone.

The Baltimore County All-Stars, who have lost eight of the 11 meetings including the past six, threatened to end the streak when they took a 21-20 lead with 2:06 left.

Faced with a crucial third-down situation, however, Doyle called a timeout to discuss the options. The next play, Bahar threw the 74-yard option pass to Parker for the winning score.

"I consider this my last high school football game, and I really wanted to win it," Fowler said. "The only thing I thought about coming into the game was to win.

"I really didn't care how I played. I'm just really happy to go out a winner," Fowler said.

MSA 8 6 6 6 -- 26

County 6 7 0 8 -- 21

M -- C. Lewis 27 run (Coombs pass from Fowler)

C -- J. Lewis 45 run (pass failed)

-- Barmer 9 run (Retchless kick)

M -- Zeller 5 run (pass failed)

M -- Bahar 1 run (pass failed)

C -- safety, ball downed in end zone

-- J. Lewis 2 run (pass failed)

-- Parker 74 pass from Bahar (run failed)

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