N. County out-guns Sev. Park

October 15, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

It was Earl Sewell and Lou Brown by air in the first half, and Topper Ellis by ground in the second half as No. 15 North County (4-2, 3-1) took a 46-26 shootout over No. 14 Severna Park (4-2, 2-1) in Class 4A league action in Linthicum last night.

Severna Park held a 20-19 lead at the half while Ellis was just warming up. Ellis scored four straight second-half touchdowns to give him five on the night, and rushed for 301 yards, 244 coming in the second half.

The two teams amassed more than 900 yards of total offense with North County ringing up 615 of those yards, 309 rushing and 306 passing.

Sewell was brilliant guiding the Knights' run-and-shoot in the first half as he completed 17 of 21 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. The senior quarterback finished with 21 of 28 passing and three touchdowns.

Brown caught nine of Sewell's passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and had 10 catches for 162 yards total, but Ellis was incredible in the second half.

Ellis, the senior back, touched the ball only five times in the second half but scored on four of his carries. Ellis got his first attempt on the final play of the third period and ran 75 yards to put the Knights on top for the first time, 25-20.

Severna Park had scored 20 first-period points in just eight plays on the strength of Bill Erskine (10-for-22, 231 yards, two touchdowns) hitting Kevin Grizzle and Ron Nichols on scoring passes of 60 and 42 yards, respectively.

Mark Frye's 8-yard run gave the Falcons a 20-19 lead at the half, before Ellis got going.

After the 75-yard jaunt that put the Knights on top to stay, Ellis then ran 57 yards for another score. He teased the Falcons with an 8-yard carry and followed it up with 39-yard touchdown run.

A 65-yard bolt with 3:57 left in the game capped the Knights' scoring and gave Ellis 301 yards rushing on just 13 carries (23.1 average), four touchdowns rushing, and another touchdown on 45-yard pass play with Sewell. Ellis caught two passes for 54 yards.

Led by linebacker Steve Tomshack (15 tackles) and lineman Mike Smith (12 tackles), plus interceptions by Cornelius Burley, John Williams and Maurice Bowie, the Knights' defense shut down the Falcons after the 20-point first period.

Frye, who had averaged 132 yards rushing in his first four games, was held to 71 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.

The two touchdowns give Frye an Anne Arundel County public school-leading 14. Ellis has 11 touchdowns.

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