2nd half gets Annapolis out of hole

September 17, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Down 9-7 at the half, No. 9 Annapolis (2-0) scored two touchdowns in the first five minutes of the third period and went on to take its home opener, 21-9, over Westminster last night.

Roland Fowlkes scored on an 8-yard run to cap the initial drive of the second half, and Eric Pickett's fumble recovery at the Westminster 9 on the ensuing kickoff set up Marty Sellers' touchdown run.

It was the second touchdown of the game for Sellers (19 carries, 147 yards), and Fowlkes kicked all three extra points.

"I'm real pleased with the way we kept our composure after falling behind in the first period and being down at the half," said Annapolis coach Roy Brown.

The Panthers dominated the second half, reeling off 37 plays for 206 yards to only 17 plays and 68 net yards by the Owls, who never made a rushing attempt in the second half.

After the scores, Annapolis went into its ball-control offense and took valuable time off the clock, forcing Westminster (1-1) to pass. Owls running back Eric Jones gained 117 of his team's 130 rushing yards in the first half, but never touched the ball in the second half.

Westminster quarterback Steve Mays completed six of 11 passes for 80 yards. He was intercepted by Oscar Ross and sacked twice by Beau Watkins and once by Dan Stepney in the second half.

Annapolis' running attack, featuring Sellers and Teshawn Cooper carries, 112 yards), was the difference.

Annapolis rolled to a 34-6 victory at Westminster last year in a renewal of a once-bitter rivalry. The two teams had not played since 1986, when both were members of the short-lived Big 10 Conference. Annapolis took a 13-7 decision in 1986.

The Annapolis punting team and the running of Jones set up the first two scores in the first period, as the Owls took a 9-0 lead.

A bad snap on the Panthers' first punt attempt resulted in quarterback/punter Orlando Downs taking a 3-yard loss and giving the Owls the ball at the Annapolis 46.

Jones, who carried seven times for 86 yards in the first period, raced 41 yards to the Annapolis 5 on second down. Three plays and a penalty later, Justin Sholkoff kicked a 26-yard field goal to ,, give the Owls a 3-0 lead with 7:08 remaining in the period.

On the next Annapolis possession, the Panthers were forced to punt, and this time Downs' kick was off the side of his foot for only 8 yards to the Annapolis 36.

Jones ran for 5 and then 23 yards to the 8, where quarterback Mays connected with Denny Bowers in the end zone to make it 9-0. Sholkoff's extra-point attempt was off to the left.

After the teams traded possessions, the Panthers took advantage of a short punt by the Owls, taking over at their own 42 and driving 58 yards in six plays with Sellers scoring from 5 yards out.

Cooper, who gained only 12 yards on seven rushes in the first period, picked up 38 on three carries in the touchdown drive, including a 21-yard burst on a quick trap.

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