Severna Park stops Annapolis short of playoffs, 6-0 Football

November 07, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Mark Frye's touchdown dive and a goal-line stand in each half helped Severna Park upset No. 12 Annapolis, 6-0, in the 35th meeting between the schools and eliminate the Panthers from ** the Class 4A playoffs.

As a result, only No. 6 North County (9-1) advances to the playoffs out of the East region. Annapolis and Severna Park both finished 7-3.

Frye, a junior back who carried 26 times for 109 yards to crack 1,000 (1,002, 11 touchdowns) for the season, plunged into the end zone from the 1 on second-and-goal with 46 seconds left in the third quarter. It was the game's only score, as Annapolis failed to capitalize on two golden opportunities.

The Panthers had the most serious threat of the first half, but the Falcons staged a goal-line stand, stopping the Panthers on fourth-and-goal at the 1. Ronnie Green and company stuffed Kenny Boyd on two straight plays, including the final down situation.

Then, with 9:29 left in the game, the Falcons held at the 4 on fourth-and-goal. Juan Johnson's pass was incomplete.

Annapolis got one final chance, moving to the Severna Park 25 in the final minute but a fourth-and-six flea flicker went awry. Juan Johnson pitched to Chris Johnson, who rolled to his right with Juan going left and downfield.

Chris Johnson's pass was over Juan's head and the Falcons took over on downs with 55 seconds left and ran the clock out.

The Severna Park defense held Panthers senior back Kenny Boyd to 74 yards and no touchdowns (he had 17 for the season) on 22 carries. Boyd easily won the county rushing title finishing with 1,365 yards but he lost the scoring title to Southern's Corey Contee, 119 to 108.

The Falcons missed out on what would have been their first playoff appearance since 1990, when Woodlawn (8-2) defeated Eastern Tech, 34-0, to take the final berth.

Had Annapolis won, Woodlawn would have been left out with the Panthers taking the final spot.

Coach Andy Borland (119-93), who started at Severna Park as an assistant, is in his 21st season as head coach and is now 9-13 against the Panthers.

It was the sixth win in the past eight tries against the Panthers and the first since a last-second, 16-14 victory in 1991. Annapolis was a 21-0 winner last year and coach Roy Brown (35-18) is now 2-3 lifetime against the Falcons.

The Falcons narrowed the gap in the county's oldest rivalry, leaving Annapolis with a 17-15-3 edge.

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