N. County runs past Crossland, 22-0

September 11, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

North County football coach Chuck Markiewicz says "nobody talks about our defense," but everybody was talking about his Knights last night, especially Crossland.

The Knights (2-0) dominated the Cavaliers (0-2) to post a 22-0 victory at home in Linthicum. North County's highly touted run-and-shoot offense put the points on the board, but the defense put Crossland on its back most of the night.

"I can't say enough about how well Brad [Wilson, defensive coordinator] had them prepared," said Markiewicz.

"Nobody talks about our defense, and people like to say that Anne Arundel County can't compete on the state level, but we proved we can tonight."

The reference was to the Knights' 27-0 state 4A semifinal loss to Crossland last year.

"I spent a lot of time this summer with [Crossland] coach [Larry] Layman," said Markiewicz, explaining that he watched the film of the playoff disaster over and over.

"I saw some things on the film that we were able to do tonight."

The main thing his Knights did was trip up the Cavaliers' offense, holding the losers to a total offense of 74 yards, 53 passing and 21 rushing. Senior outside linebacker Reggie Moore led the hard-hitting defense with three sacks, the last one a safety for the game's final score.

Moore dropped quarterback Kareem Wilson in the end zone in the waning moments to put the team's signature on the big night.

"It was a confidence builder, and we are still growing," said two-way lineman Jarryn Avery, reiterating the post-game talk by Markiewicz in which the coach told his Knights that "puppies grow up to be dogs."

North County dogged Crossland's highly recruited running back Derek Bell, holding him to 25 yards on 17 carries.

On the other side, Mike Drocella carried 13 times for 121 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown in the final period. Quarterback Justin Rice completed 10 of 15 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

The first Rice touchdown pass came with 3:19 left in the first period. Rice lofted the ball in the right corner of the end zone where Kevin Mitchell leaped and gathered it in.

Split end/defensive back Teon Carter took a short pass from Rice with five minutes to go in the third period and skimmed the sideline for 59 yards to score. The Rice-to-Carter duo produced the two-point conversion off an audible called at the line of scrimmage by Rice.

Carter also posted 70 yards in punt returns and 26 more in kickoff returns, and sparkled at his safety position.

Drocella capped the scoring with his touchdown jaunt with just under three minutes left in the game as the winners rolled up 256 yards of total offense.

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