No. 4 North County stops Glen Burnie, 20-14

October 02, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

In front of a large homecoming crowd at North County's new stadium yesterday, the normally bombs away Knights played uncharacteristically conservative in beating Glen Burnie, 20-14.

The No. 4 Knights (3-1, 2-0) overcame seven penalties for 85 yards, including five 15-yarders to hold off the Gophers (2-2, 0-1). North County's defense, led by linebackers Steve Tomshack and Cesar Romero, and down lineman Mike Smith held Glen Burnie to 14 yards rushing (93 total) in the second half.

Knights coach Chuck Markiewicz abandoned his vaunted run-and-shoot at halftime and went to the option, completing only two passes for nine yards in the second half.

"We have some things we want to save for down the road," said Markiewicz.

"I'm not saying we're holding back, but a lot of people [county coaches] were watching. Actually, I think the option is more radical than the run-and-shoot."

The Knights held the Gophers to 38 yards rushing and zero passing in the first quarter while taking a 7-0 lead.

Quarterback Earl Sewell, who was 5-for-8 passing for 128 yards (7-for-14, 138 total) in the first half hit sophomore slot back Cory Wrightdown the right sideline on a 77-yard touchdown pass.

V.J. Impallaria's first of two extra points made it 7-0.

"We just got confused on our coverage," said Glen Burnie coach Dave Rigot. "It happened twice, but every other time we stopped it. It was frustrating to lose like that because we thought we could play with them."

The second time the Gophers were victimized by the long pass led to the Knights' next score early in the second period. Wright latched onto a 39-yard pass from Sewell and was driven out of bounds at the 2.

Topper Ellis (21 carries, 90 yards -- 14-for-69 second half) crashed over on the next play and Impallaria's point after made it 14-0 before Glen Burnie got on the board.

A 17-yard pass from Jermaine Smith and a subsequent 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty on the Knights' Mike Smith set up Robert Beale's 29-yard burst for six points just three minutes into the second period.

A fired-up Gophers squad prevented the Knights from scoring again in the first half thanks to Troy Talbot's interception in the end zone and Jay Sponaugle's 54-yard punt to the North County 10 in the waning seconds of the half.

On the initial possession of the second half, the Knights drove 65 yards in five plays with Sewell scoring on a 23-yard keeper.

Smith (4-for-10, 108 yards) stunned the boisterous home crowd by rolling to his left and hitting Mike Ackerman down the sideline for an 80-yard touchdown. Joe Queen caught Smith's conversion pass to make it 20-14 with 10:50 remaining.

Glen Burnie mounted one more threat, getting down to the Knights' 35, but gave it up on back-to-back incompletions by Smith on third and fourth downs.

Severn 49, Calvert Hall 20

Freshman flanker Denard Melton scored five touchdowns to lead host Severn (3-1) past Calvert Hall (3-1). Melton had touchdown runs of 10 and 4 yards. He also caught touchdown passes of 75 and 70 yards and had a 91-yard kickoff return for another score.

Running back John Vereen had 15 carries for 192 yards and one touchdown to lead the running attack.

Linebacker Mike Hardey led the Admirals' defense with 14 tackles.

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