Southern-AA shows no mercy on No. 11 W. Lake, 48-0

September 18, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Two lopsided victories by Southern-Anne Arundel to open the season impressed nearly everyone except coach Buck Gardner, who said he'd wait until after last night's game against Wilde Lake to pass judgment on his team.

He now has reason to get excited, even though he continues to resist the urge.

Jamar Mullen caught two touchdown passes and ran 27 yards for a score, and No. 11 Wilde Lake was held to two first downs and 18 yards in offense, as the Bulldogs rolled to a 48-0 victory in Harwood.

Southern has outscored its opponents, 123-0. But Gardner won't allow himself -- or his players -- to get carried away.

"I just don't want a letdown. They have to keep focused on what pTC they're doing," Gardner said. "We've been on the other side of scores like this."

Wilde Lake hasn't. When asked the last time his three-time defending state champions were beaten this soundly, Wildecats coach Doug DuVall said, "Never. They gave us trouble in every area tonight."

The first quarter belonged to Southern senior Corey Contee. He carried the ball all four plays of a 17-yard scoring drive on the Bulldogs' opening series, after Jason Poknis recovered a fumble by Wilde Lake's Allan Anderson on the first snap. Contee had 33 yards on eight carries in the quarter and returned three punts for 105 yards.

Anderson redeemed himself by intercepting a pass by Joe McCafferty on Southern's next possession, but a sack by Mike McCafferty on third-and-eight forced a punt.

An interception by Wilde Lake's Shawn Dunford gave the Wildecats (1-2) possession on their 48. But again, they stalled.

Southern drove to Wilde Lake's 10, and with 9:34 left in the first half, Joe McCafferty found Mullen in the end zone for a 12-0 lead.

Contee returned a punt 35 yards to Wilde Lake's 35, and six plays later, McCafferty found Mullen on a 25-yard scoring play. Contee ran for the two-point conversion and a 20-0 halftime lead.

Southern was just getting started.

Wayne Small returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Mullen took a pitch right and went 27 yards for a score, and Poknis rambled 60 yards on a draw for a score with 40 seconds left in the third quarter.

With the clock running throughout the fourth quarter under the new 35-point rule, sophomore Bobby Procopio scored from 1 yard out to cap a seven-play, 35-yard drive.

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