A third loss could hurt four county 4A teams


October 28, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Three is the number.

Three weeks to go and four county Class 4A football teams hope to dodge loss No. 3, which would end their playoff hopes.

Severna Park's 21-14 win over Arundel last week has set up a photo finish in the Class 4A East Region race.

Four teams (all 5-2 overall) are tied in the loss column in county league action, with North County 4-1 and Severna Park, Arundel and Annapolis at 3-1.

Arundel and North County stand in a tie for sixth place with 7.85 averages in the 4A East Region led by Calvert (6-1, 8.57). Annapolis (7.57) stands ninth and Severna Park (7.00) is 12th.

The two county 4A leaders are home tonight with North County playing Annapolis and Arundel entertaining Old Mill (2-5). So, obviously the North County-Annapolis loser is history.

Severna Park is also home against Glen Burnie (4-3) while Calvert still has games left with Class 2A South Region-leading LaPlata (6-1) and Northern (3-4). The possibility of three playoff teams from the East exists, but two teams is more likely.

Annapolis has more than playoff hopes as an incentive. The Panthers were embarrassed, 40-6, at home by the Knights last year.

Their opposition has outscored the Panthers, 110-109, while explosive North County has outpointed its foes, 184-100.

North County is coming off a 32-0 romp over Old Mill and Annapolis beat Chesapeake, 26-21, last week.

If Chesapeake (1-6), averaging only 11.4 points a game, can score 21 on the Panthers, it could be a long night for Annapolis, against North County's Topper Ellis (1,059 yards rushing, 13 TDs), quarterback Earl Sewell (1,358 passing, 11 TDs), receiver Lou Brown (46 receptions, 659 yards) and a team averaging 26.3 points a game.

It's going to take the Panthers' best defensive effort to win tonight.

Arundel appears to have the easiest game among the four

contenders with 2-5 Old Mill visiting Gambrills.

Severna Park faces a Glen Burnie opponent that is capable of an upset.

The Falcons dealt the Gophers a 28-6 loss last season, but this is a much better Glen Burnie team although it's very unpredictable. Glen Burnie coach Dave Rigot (78-99) could become the county's second football coach to reach the 100-loss milestone.

In other 4A league action, Meade (1-6, 1-3) visits Chesapeake (1-6, 0-5).

Standing fourth in the state and second in its 3A East Region, No. 13-ranked Broadneck (5-1) hopes to continue the charge to its first football playoff berth in a visit to South River (3-4). The Bruins outlasted the Seahawks, 28-20, last fall.

It's the first game for the Seahawks in the 2A-3A league, they are coming off a 32-7 romp over 4A Perry Hall (4-3) and are improving each week.

Northeast (2-5) completes the public school and 2A-3A schedule by playing host to 2A Southern (4-3). Southern beat the Eagles, 53-0, last year and while its playoff hopes are gone, the Dawgs hope to repeat as 2A-3A league champions.

On the private school scene, No. 11 Severn School (6-1, 3-0) can win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship with a victory at Boys' Latin (2-3, 2-1) at 3:30 p.m. today.

It's doubtful the Lakers, a 29-6 loser to Severn in 1993, will be able to stop the Admirals' John Vereen, who is the county's top rusher and second in the metro area with 1,207 yards and 19 touchdowns. Vereen is averaging 11.9 yards per carry.

An MIAA A Conference match-up of the metro area's No. 1 passer in Bobby Sabelhaus of No. 6 McDonogh (5-2, 2-1) and Brad Davis of St. Mary's (4-3, 0-3) is set for 4 p.m. today at Weems Whalen.

Sabelhaus, who has completed 115 of 175 passes for 1,553 yards and 12 touchdowns, needs only 81 yards to tie the state career passing record. Davis has completed 55 of 94 for 942 yards and seven touchdowns for the Saints.

Finally, Curley (4-3) and Spalding (2-6) are in the Archbishop Bowl at Brooklyn Park.

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