Vereen, Severn run down Gibbons

October 15, 1994|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

Severn senior John Vereen talks proudly of this year's team.

"We have a nice offense and a nice defense," he said. "I think we have the total package."

Last night, Vereen proved he was the total package, rushing for 204 yards and three touchdowns, as visiting No. 10 Severn (2-0, 5-1) defeated Cardinal Gibbons (1-1, 2-3), 30-8, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game.

Vereen, the area's leading rusher entering the game with 864 yards, rounded out his evening with an interception and eight tackles on defense.

"He's a quality player, and I'm fortunate to be able to coach an athlete like him," said Severn coach Jim Doyle. "He's played well on offense all season for us, but I think this was his best defensive performance of the year."

The victory sets up a showdown between the Admirals and St. Paul's next week for undisputed first place in the B conference. The Admirals have not beaten St. Paul's since 1986.

"My goal is to win a championship," said Vereen. "I want to win it for all my teammates from past years who haven't gotten the chance."

The Admirals took the opening kickoff and four plays later had a 7-0 lead. Fred Macaraeg's 28-yard run gave the Admirals a first-and-goal on the Gibbons' 7. Freshman quarterback Dennard Melton's run picked up the remaining 7 on the next play.

The Crusaders took over, but could gain only six yards on three plays. An errant snap that sailed over the punter's head on fourth down set up the Admirals on the Crusaders' 25-yard line.

Five plays later, on fourth-and-13 at the Gibbons' 28, Vereen found a hole in the middle of the line and ran untouched into the end zone to give Severn a 15-0 lead.

"They jumped on us quickly, and I thought that was the key," said Cardinal Gibbons coach Frank Trcka.

L The Crusaders managed only 77 total yards in the first half.

The Admirals added to their lead on their first possession of the second half when Vereen capped an 84-yard drive -- in which he accounted for 51 yards -- with a 10-yard run to up the score to 23-0.

Gibbons scored its only touchdown early in the fourth quarter when quarterback George Blyth found Reggie Jones in the back of the end zone to cut the lead to 23-8.

Vereen's 8-yard run closed out the scoring.

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