Severna Park upsets No. 10 Arundel, 21-14

October 22, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Severna Park (5-2, 3-1) rolled the last seven to upset No. 10 Arundel, 21-14, for a homecoming victory last night.

The win keeps the Falcons' Class 4A playoff hopes alive and gives them a share of first place in the County 4A League.

The visiting Wildcats (5-2, 3-1) lost despite keeping Mark Frye, who came into the game with a county public school-leading 14 touchdowns, from scoring. Frye ran for a game-high 134 yards on 22 attempts and had two interceptions.

But Frye's running, especially on the game-winning drive, set up all three Falcons scores. Frye carried four times for 45 yards on the final scoring drive of 53 yards in nine plays, capped by Ryan Moore's 1-yard plunge.

Moore, who carried 12 times for 65 yards, scored two touchdowns, the other from 11 yards. The other Falcons touchdown came on a 28-yard second-period pass from quarterback Bill Erskine to Ron Nichols.

Converted soccer player Adam Hurst averaged well over 40 yards a punt, including a crucial fourth-period kick of 50 yards and kicked all three of his extra-point attempts.

The 50-yarder by Hurst came with about five minutes to go and put Arundel in a hole at its 18. The Wildcats never got out of it.

Center Matt Hart opened big holes all night for Frye and Moore.

"It's a big, big win," said Falcons coach Andy Borland, who claimed his 125th career victory (125-94). "They out-hit us last year [Arundel won 30-14] but we out-hit them tonight."

Led by linebacker Jermond Davenport, nose guard Jimmy Henson, defensive back John Bishop and three fourth-period interceptions, the Falcons' defense shut out the Wildcats in the second half.

Davenport, Frye and Ryan Moore all intercepted sophomore quarterback Erik Lipton in the final period after the Falcons had taken a 21-14 lead in the opening moments of the final period on Moore's second touchdown.

The teams played to a 14-14 tie in the first half. Severna Park had 155 yards of total offense, 114 rushing and 41 passing to Arundel's 156 on 145 running and 11 throwing.

Severna Park opened the game by marching 60 yards in 12 plays with Moore driving in over two would-be tacklers to score from 11 yards.

Lipton's 5-yard pass to Chris Kuiper and Mark Gregory's subsequent point after tied it at seven with 11 seconds left in the first period.

A punt by Casey Trout, who led the Wildcats in rushing with 105 yards on 14 attempts and had an interception, hit a Severna Park player at the Falcons' 38 midway through the second period and the Wildcats recovered.

Seven plays later, Mike Haertel (14 carries, 91 yards) carried a couple of defenders into the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown and a 14-7 Arundel lead.

Aided by three penalties on out of bounds kickoffs by the Wildcats, the Falcons took over at the 49 on Frye's 22-yard return and ultimately scored on Erskine's loft to Nichols in the left corner to tie the game at 14 with 2:33 left in the half.

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