Severna Park presents coach with 19-7 victory Falcons finally win one vs. Springbrook

September 18, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Andy Borland got just what he wanted for his 54th birthday last night at home in Severna Park -- a win over a longtime nemesis.

Borland's ninth-ranked Falcons (3-0) wore down Springbrook (2-1) of Montgomery County, 19-7, in a showdown of two perennial Class 4A playoff contenders.

"That's the first time we've ever beaten them," said Borland.

"It makes us 1-6 lifetime against them, so you know how sweet this one is."

The last time the two teams met was in 1990 at Springbrook in the state 4A semifinals, and the Blue Devils had everything their way that afternoon, rolling to a 34-3 victory on the way to a state championship.

For a couple of moments last night, it looked as if history would repeat itself as the Devils' Omar Evans broke one from 69 yards on the second play from scrimmage and Jamal Francois kicked the extra point to make it 7-0 just 1:12 into the game.

Immediately after Evans' touchdown, Borland made the first of two major changes that would lead to victory. First he moved his blue-chip two-way senior lineman, Ron Green (6 feet 3, 265) from nose guard to defensive tackle and fellow senior Ryan Krulis (6-1, 225) from tackle to the nose.

The result? Springbrook never scored the rest of the night and only threatened one more time despite out-rushing the Falcons 144 yards to 31 in the first half.

Green was all over the field, making 15 tackles (nine in the first half), and Krulis clogged the middle as the Falcons shut down the Blue Devils' running game.

Defensive backs Shane Norgard and Matt Long made touchdown-saving tackles along with linebacker Mike Fleming in the second half, and the Falcons picked off three passes. Brian Morehead, Mark Frye and Jermond Davenport each intercepted a pass to keep Springbrook off the board while the Falcons' offense got into gear.

Borland moved his top defensive back, Sean Miller, to quarterback to replace struggling junior Bill Erskine and the move resulted in two early scores after halftime.

Miller, an outstanding senior athlete, led the Falcons on scoring drives of 66 and 80 yards to start the second half. A 1-yard plunge by Matt Almes with 8:18 left in the third period capped the seven-play, 66-yard drive for the Falcons' first score.

Runs of 26 and 12 yards by Long and a 30-yard pass from Miller to Frye at the goal line set up the first score.

After a Springbrook punt went into the end zone for a touchback at the Severna Park 20, Miller marched the Falcons 80 yards in 10 plays to take control of the game.

A 25-yard burst by Frye and a 5-yard smash by Long set up Miller's 14-yard scoring pass to Chris Care. Miller made a nifty play-action fake and lofted the ball in the right corner to Care.

Davenport's interception with 2:24 left set up the Falcons' last score, a 7-yard -- by Long, and Almes kicked the extra point.

"They simply wore us down in the second half," said Springbrook coach John Haberman.

"They're big and strong and put it all together tonight. The way they came back to beat us was like a carbon copy of the Stone game."

The Falcons fell behind 13-0 in the first period against Thomas Stone of Charles County last week, but then rallied to take a 20-13 victory.

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