Southern-AA grinds out second shutout in row, 34-0 Severn yields 300-plus rushing yards

September 11, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

For the second week in a row, Southern-Anne Arundel kept the opposition from scoring. And for the second week in a row, that was only half the story.

The visiting Bulldogs used their explosive rushing attack and the timely passing of senior Joe McCafferty to rout Severn, 34-0, yesterday.

McCafferty completed five passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns, and also threw for a two-point conversion. But he was overshadowed by a ground game that churned out more than 300 yards.

"Our [offensive] line is just devastating the defensive line on every play," said senior tailback Corey Contee, who gained 145 yards and scored two touchdowns. "The holes are opening up, and the running backs are just running through them."

Senior Jason Poknis ran for 106 yards and one touchdown, and senior Jamar Mullen added 34 yards on five carries, and caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from McCafferty.

Southern also scored on a 32-yard pass from McCafferty to senior Wayne Small.

"I think we've got the three best running backs in Anne Arundel County," Contee said.

Severn coach Alan Pastrana was in no position to argue after seeing the Bulldogs score on three of their first four possessions to open a 21-0 lead at halftime.

"We were a little nervous in the beginning, and [Southern coach Buck Gardner] has one of his best teams," he said.

The Bulldogs were coming off a 41-0 victory over Hammond last Saturday, when McCafferty threw for 150 yards and four touchdowns.

When asked whether he was more impressed with his team's offensive or defensive showings thus far, Gardner said: "I'm impressed that the guys play together as a team. Everybody does their part."

Severn did its part to get the Bulldogs started by fumbling on its opening possession, and Southern went 45 yards on four plays for its first touchdown. McCafferty completed a 13-yard pass to Small on third down, and Contee scored on the next play from 23 yards out.

The Admirals picked up a first down on their next possession, but junior Chris Sutherland sacked Severn's Willie Wu on second down, and an incomplete pass led to one of six Severn punts.

Southern increased its lead to 13-0 on a pass from McCafferty to Mullen with 2:06 left in the first quarter. Poknis gained 22 yards on a draw play on third-and-five to sustain the drive.

Poknis rambled 14 yards for a touchdown with 3:55 left in the half, and McCafferty began the third quarter by hooking up with Small along the right sideline for another score.

Two long runs by junior tailback John Vereen -- one off a fake punt that went for 19 yards -- and a face-mask penalty gave the Admirals a first-and-goal from the 8. But Severn lost 10 yards on its next four plays, and Southern went 82 yards for another touchdown.

Contee ran for 58 yards, including the last 19.

The Bulldogs didn't have to punt until three minutes remained, when their drive stalled on the Admirals' 40.

Vereen, fresh off a 224-yard performance last week against John Carroll, gained 97 yards. Wu completed just one pass for 3 yards and was sacked twice.

"We've got good people," Gardner said, "but we were concerned because they've got good people, too."

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